Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr. entered the year tabbed as All-Big Ten preseason picks.
On Monday, both settled for third team honors from the conference.
It’s the second consecutive third team honor for Bryant, who was selected by both the coaches and the media. He averaged 11.9 points per game during the regular season — a full point below his season average as a freshman last season. Bryant scored a career-high 31 points in a triple-overtime win over Penn State last month and has started all 66 games he’s played at IU.
Blackmon, selected to the third team by the media and the honorable mention list by the coaches, averaged a career-best 17.0 points per game through 27 regular season games. He shot 41 percent from 3-point range and scored in double figures in all but two of the games he played. Nagging knee injuries caused him to miss a total of four games during the year.
Injured forward Collin Hartman, who missed the entire regular season with a knee injury, was Indiana’s sportsmanship honoree.
Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, headlines this season’s All-Big Ten first team. Swanigan, a unanimous selection by coaches and media, is joined by Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Iowa’s Peter Jok, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Minnesota’s Nate Mason.
The league’s second team is led by Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, who also earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Michigan guard Derrick Walton, Illinois guard Malcolm Hill and Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh also received second team selections. The coaches voted Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig to the group, while the media gave Nebraska guard Tai Webster second team honors.
Minnesota took home additional honors for coach of the year (Richard Pitino) and defensive player of the year (Reggie Lynch).
Bryant and Blackmon were joined on the third team by Minnesota forward Jordan Murphy, Northwestern guard Scottie Lindsey, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Nebraska’s Tai Webster (coaches). Vincent Edwards (media) also earned a third team nod.
The coaches named Iowa forward Nicholas Baer the league’s sixth man of the year.