Vonleh named Freshman of the Year and third-team All-Big Ten, Ferrell named to second team

Indiana freshman forward Noah Vonleh was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the first IU player to win the award since Cody Zeller in the 2011-12 season. He was also an All-Big Ten third team selection after averaging 11.4 points and a Big Ten-leading 9.1 rebounds per game.

IU sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell was named second-team All-Big Ten after averaging 17.4 points and 3.9 assists per game.

Indiana senior forward Will Sheehey was Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient and an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

A link to the full All-Big Ten list and a full release follow.

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BIG TEN ANNOUNCES 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON HONORS

Michigan’s Stauskas named Big Ten Player of the Year

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten men’s basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Monday, with Michigan’s Nik Stauskas earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the conference’s coaches and a media panel. Michigan head coach John Beilein claimed Coach of the Year laurels from the media while Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh picked up Freshman of the Year accolades from the coaches and media. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches.

Stauskas takes home the Big Ten Player of the Year award after leading the conference with 13 games of 20 or more points. A four-time Big Ten Player of the Week this season, Stauskas ranked among the top five with 17.0 points per game and a .447 shooting percentage from three-point range in Big Ten contests only. The sophomore earns the fifth Player of the Year award in program history and the second in as many years for Michigan, following 2013 recipient Trey Burke.

Beilein led the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Michigan boasts a 23-7 overall record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play this season, marking the fourth consecutive year that Beilein has guided the Wolverines to a top-four finish in the conference standings. He is just four wins shy of his 700th career victory and five wins away from his 150thvictory at Michigan. He collects his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award and the first for a Michigan coach since 1985.

Under the guidance of Miles, Nebraska posted a record of 11-7 in conference play, giving the Cornhuskers the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. With an overall record of 19-11, Nebraska is one victory shy of its first 20-win season since 2008. Miles claims his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award.

Vonleh is Indiana’s 10th Big Ten Freshman of the Year selection after becoming the first freshman to lead the conference in rebounding since Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2006-07. Vonleh is the second Hoosier in the last three seasons to be named Freshman of the Year along with Cody Zeller in 2012. Vonleh averaged 11.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in Big Ten contests.

Craft collects Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels after setting the conference record with 328 career steals. The 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Craft becomes the sixth conference player to win the award twice and gives the Buckeyes their fifth individual defensive honor. Craft led the conference with 2.7 steals and 4.6 assists per game this season in Big Ten play.

Hayes is averaging 8.0 points per game off the bench for Wisconsin and shooting 53 percent in all contests. He becomes Wisconsin’s second Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and first since Jason Bohannon in 2008.

Stauskas was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. He was joined on the first team for both the coaches and media by Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

Joining Vonleh and Hayes on the coaches’ All-Freshman Team were Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., and Purdue’s Kendall Stephens. Craft was joined on the All-Defensive Team by his teammate Shannon Scott, Harris, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser.

The Big Ten also announced 12 Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.  This season’s honorees are Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand, Indiana’s Will Sheehey, Iowa’s Mike Gesell, Michigan’s Jon Horford, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Minnesota’s Austin Hollins, Nebraska’s Shavon Shields, Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr., Penn State’s Tim Frazier, Purdue’s Travis Carroll and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust.

 

 

The complete list of All-Conference honorees and individual award winners is attached.

 

36 comments

  1. Goeff-

    Just sorta scanned this, but it appears your earlier choices for most of these honors were spot on. Very impressive. You’re starting to show up the pros at HT.

  2. Hammons all D team….That is why it is not out of the realm of possibilities that IU could win the big ten tournament…the big ten is not all that good.

  3. Do you have to be a devout Christian to play basketball for Tom Crean?

    Is the Indiana University basketball program functioning outside the secular designs of a public institution?

    I’m asking these questions based on more and more observations that come to light of what appears to be a concerted effort/thrust and vocal element on the part of our players and players’ parents to continually display images of the cross(displayed on clothing or used as background imagery of personal social media pages), tweet/blog Christian references, or speak/quote excerpts from the Bible.

    After learning of ‘Doc Libby’s Crossover’ blog on Scoop, I’ve jumped over to read her pieces. I can’t help but notice that there’s a real tendency for her to be throwing in a Bible quote or some lesson from the Bible while she reflects upon fan attitudes or the ups and downs of the season. I’ve also noticed that she continually emphasizes the need to “pray” for the team…or “pray” that shots will fall…or “pray” their is short term memory when things don’t go their way. In other words, Christianity is a definite drum beating as wholesome background for the melody her Yogi music.

    Why? Why are so many concerned to use their public voice to sell Christianity when speaking of basketball? I find it exceedingly nauseating. It’s their personal choice, but I always come away with this feeling that it’s used to sell a more worthy or wholesome existence because of such beliefs and insertions into dialogue. It reflects an attitude that you are removed from critical evaluation(your critical viewpoints; your profession; your choices; your attitudes toward others) because you make sure everyone knows that you never stop proclaiming that all your guidance is through the teachings and principles of the “Good Book” and Jesus Christ.

    Seriously? Are the rest of us so flawed to merely enjoy Hoosier basketball without Jesus or the Bible? Was I sinning during all the years I passionately cheered on the Hoosiers without Christ coming off the bench as my sixth man?

    I miss the days when we had the Devil himself coaching the Hoosiers..Wasn’t Knight pretty much the Devil? Wasn’t he the most hated coach in the nation? How could anyone truly “good” bring banners to such a backward cornball state? Had to be some sort of black magic or demonic powers at work..How else could that sinister shin-kickier ever get young men to play a game to such perfection, such faith in the flames of “Big Red,” without any need in publicly praising Jesus for every hardcore defensive stop or splashing of the nets?

    I miss the Devil’s banners…I miss gettin’ down and dirty with the Madness of March. I’m so damn sick of choir boys and choir tweets. When you really think about it, there’s a lot of evil in winning. You can’t have anyone follow you to victory. You must take no prisoners and you must grab it with the greed of your own desires to beat your fellow man down. You want to steal the life from your opponent’s game. There’s no room for anything resurrected in a final score. Knight was a dark soul. I doubt he ever prayed for anything he couldn’t more easily teach or pitchfork out of human being….Evil good coach….Evil results. He sinned by taking Jesus off the sixth man spot in the rotation and inserting a “Laz” not of Lazarus….Damn polish kid. Evil. We should burn the banners.

  4. I’m pretty anti-religion personally, but entirely comfortable with people coming to their own conclusions and believing what they want. Being that I went to school in Indiana, I was around more evangelicals there than in my entire life. Good peeps, but when they’d invite me to their gatherings, I felt like I was the biggest tourist ever. There was a lot of sincerity, but I always felt like an explorer traveling to the planet Jesus where everyone talked about this wonderful experience and all I was looking forward to was my Bloody Mary, bacon and eggs afterward.

    However, there is a 2nd element that I have grown up around my whole life, and that is within the African American community. Most urban black folks grew up with church and faith being a central part of their upbringing. It is really a public display because it is so ingrained in their culture. It is much different than the white evangelical stuff as it is much more spiritual and less about the Do’s and Don’ts that white folks like me seem to be so fond of.

    BTW, it is funny how segregated the religious experience is, but that’s another topic for another time.

    I’m not offended by displays of faith. Letting other people bother me isn’t a core tenant of the way I choose to live my life. I think Tom Crean genuinely believes in his faith and is just expressing it the way someone of that background would do. The more African American players on the team, the higher chance you’re going to find someone from a religious background. I don’t see any indication that religion is prerequisite for playing ball at Indiana. However, some folks might have a problem with it and choose to go elsewhere. I’m sure it has some influence and it would be ridiculous in the cutthroat world of recruiting to believe that Crean doesn’t use a kid’s religious background to his advantage, but I’m not quite as cynical about it.

  5. DD, what does this statement mean? “The more African American players on the team, the higher chance you’re going to find someone from a religious background”

    I bet Jordan and Cody would laugh at that statement.

  6. Question, it means exactly what it said. It really has nothing to do with Jordan or Cody specifically.

    Fact: African Americans are far more likely as a group to be more religious than other ethnicities in the United States. That does not meant white players are not religious. But, as a group, they are less likely to be so.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gallup-blacks-most-religious-group-us

    Man, I knew I was going to regret posting a response. Double whammy, religion and race all in one. Good thing no one made a comment about midgets…

  7. I miss the Devil’s banners… I miss gettin’ down and dirty with the Madness of March. I’m so damn sick of choir boys and choir tweets. When you really think about it, there’s a lot of evil in winning. You can’t have anyone follow you to victory. You must take no prisoners and you must grab it with the greed of your own desires to beat your fellow man down. You want to steal the life from your opponent’s game. There’s no room for anything resurrected in a final score. Knight was a dark soul. I doubt he ever prayed for anything he couldn’t more easily teach or pitchfork out of human being… Evil good coach… Evil results. He sinned by taking Jesus off the sixth man spot in the rotation and inserting a “Laz” not of Lazarus… Damn polish kid. Evil. We should burn the banners.

    Awesome, man. Absolutely a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

  8. Maybe you’re right, DD.

    Maybe it’s just me witnessing the “public displays” of a living room moving to the “public displays” of the social media world. What used to be a circle of friends around a coffee table has turned into a pulpit for your own voice to the masses. It’s time for your own Sunday Sermon..Turn on the Tweet-box and church is in for EVERYONE!

    Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook take our living rooms to millions.

    But what you see in the living room when you look across a table into a friend’s eyes is within a very intimate setting where any false pretenses are impossible to disguise. I think its dangerous to treat Twitter pages or personal blogs like living rooms. It’s dangerous to interpret them as such. It’s dangerous to use them as a voice you’d reserve for intimacy. Honesty is a very intimate thing.

    Until I can shake a hand through this screen, I basically view most of it as no different than when I’m driving in my car and passing a billboard on the highway asking me the following: “Do you know Jesus?” Maybe I know Jesus no less or no more than the person that painted the sign…? Maybe that’s all I know…But how does anyone really know what we know in the deepest reserves a sincere heart? And maybe Jesus is searching rather than just always being found….? Maybe Jesus found me before he found your tweet or your apparent condescension in such pious assumption. And maybe you should shut the hell up for asking. The mere fact that you can ask speaks nothing of any truth. The mere fact that you can sell and tweet to the masses speaks nothing of any sincerity in the heart.

  9. Don’t mind me….I’m going through True Detective withdrawal.

    But I was damn satisfied with the ending..Happy to see Rust(Dustin)and Marty(Jeremy) both survive. What a beautiful friendship that grew out of volatile partnership. There is no intimacy like a true friendship. Marriage can’t approach the bond Rust and Marty developed. What a marvelously written story. Wish I could be more eloquent at expressing what is conveyed.

  10. Harv,

    I do like the point you make in perceptions vs results. While I do think that it doesn’t have to be one or the other, the fact that our society today is much more focused on presenting the proper perceptions over delivering results is problematic. Leaders of men like Bob Knight, Woody Hayes, Bill Parcells and John Cheney have been reduced to relics of a past that the future doesn’t want anything to do with. They knew what they wanted and were masters of psychology. They made people better because they knew not just how to encourage people, but how to make them painfully aware of their deficiencies and re-enforced that champions and elite players are ever comfortable with being where they are. It is a constant process of growth and reinvention.

    Kudos come when you hang the banner, grab the trophy and hear that godawful One Shining Moment being played. You get a few days off, then get your butt back in the gym and keep getting better.

    When I see all this fluff and filler today, I just kind of glaze over. It doesn’t offend me. They’re just empty calories. Like reading “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and hoping your life will get better. Doesn’t matter if it is Joyce Meyer or that other charlatan Deepak Chopra. It is all the same meaningless window dressing disguised as truth. What is needed is work, brutal honesty and the ability to confront the areas of your mind that hold you back.

    Give me any of those other effin’ guys any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Who gives a flying ‘eff what the kids hear either. They’d be better off with some real talk.

    Doug

  11. Not that I’m really big on this topic in this forum, but I will suggest that maybe, just maybe the ‘Joyce Meyer’ version of Christianity might not be shared by all, or even a majority, of those of us that profess to be Christian.

    Please don’t judge all by the vocal few.

  12. Now there’s where I don’t get it…Why shouldn’t the topic be on this Hoosier forum? The more our players and players’ families bring their Christian perspectives(Doc Libby’s site now has a link provided by Scoop), haven’t they made it no less “appropriate” for Hoosier fans to openly discuss their own viewpoints whether in agreement or in skeptical conclusion their own proclamations of Christianity and its pertinent role to be publicly juxtaposed into the mix of a public institution’s basketball team?

    If they can bring their living room to my world, then I’ll be damned if I have less a right to bring my living room back to their world. They are making the choice to make it more than simply basketball. They are less than subtly proclaiming their lifestyle and their personal faith to be a important enough to discuss with the topic of Indiana basketball.

    I feel they have opened up the floor for debate whether that perspective actually helps or hurts building a program back to the elite level it once knew.

    They knew what they wanted and were masters of psychology. They made people better because they knew not just how to encourage people, but how to make them painfully aware of their deficiencies and re-enforced that champions and elite players are ever comfortable with being where they are. It is a constant process of growth and reinvention.

    Does condescension surrounding one supreme belief honor the above thoughts from Double Down? Many of those at the forefront our program seem to adhere to a belief that Jesus in the locker room and prayer publicly encouraged is an answer/excuse for deficient results. They have opened the door for contrasting thought. Is there complacency infecting a holier-than-thou culture that presumes merely our faith makes us better people even in defeat?

  13. Double Down Doug-

    Loved your last paragraph….and this statement as well:

    What is needed is work, brutal honesty and the ability to confront the areas of your mind that hold you back.

    How many coaches are brutally honest anymore? How many adhere to Rick Pitino’s ideas of shutting off all the outside noise from the social media world that distracts a kid into believing a ranking number on a draft list is enough? Self-loving, self-glossing, self-infatuated, soft, complacent, flower children of God, in a self-righteous “sell it the masses” via social media frenzy you’re own perfections to the rest of the inferior world.

  14. Kevin, that is a good point. Always dangerous to paint with a broad brush and I should have added to it that with all this stuff being said, no matter the individual and their beliefs, everyone gets a clean slate when I meet them. I also know quite a few religious folks who, while I don’t share their beliefs, challenge me to think and see things from a different point of view. It is usually the quiet ones who are the most thoughtful (there’s my big brush again!).

  15. I know it is sacrilegious to heap praise on Pitino around here, but there are few coaches that I respect more than him. He really does get it.

    However, I will never defend that white suit he donned a few years back. Even John Travolta threw up in his mouth.

  16. Maybe this is a start of a plan by Crean to recruit Utah. This blog is way over my head, but damn entertaining.

  17. Go IPFW!! Could be the only team from Indiana in the NCAA tournament…No Butler…Likely no IU or that team from Lafayette…Never thought I’d see the day when an branch/extension of our university is playing in March while the house of “Because it’s Indiana” stays home to watch. Can we cheer for them knowing Purdue is part of their name? …At least the ‘I’ comes before the ‘P.’ Fort Wayne…? IPFW? Really? Indiana Purdue (effing) Weird is more like it.

    Current Score from Sioux Falls(7:05 to go in first half):

    IPFW 24
    N. Dakota St. 20

  18. Man, I need to get out more. I had no idea that Larry Brown was coaching Southern Methodist.

  19. Interesting…The IPFW roster looks like a spring break team. Most of the players are from either Indiana or Florida. I’ve always thought of Fort Wayne as sort of a mini Disney.

  20. I have some Mastodon thoughts:

    Mastodons are currently colder than an Ice Age…..?
    Their buckets have just been put on the Endangered Species list…?
    Don the colors of the Mastadon?
    The Mastodons are no strangers to passing the ball around the horn….?
    I’ve always known giant hairy elephants to be extremely athletic…? Very light on their 400 lb. toes.
    Didn’t Shaq once get ejected for backing down a Mastodon …?

  21. Which horn does a Mastodon use to “punch its ticket?”

    Anything as large as a Mastodon deserves an “at large” bid…?

  22. A tracking survey by Gallup in the year 2011 says African Americans are the most religious group of people, Amazing. What’s next?

  23. Ron, I agree. 145,000 people but not broken down by state. Not enough info given in the survey to go off or make a conclusion.

  24. This entire thread is total nonsense to me. I am sure it is very entertaining to the dozen or so “true believers” who are commenting. However, the best players (not the players with the best season) in the B1G are: Noah, Payne, Harris, Gamble and Petteway, in that order, with Stauskas and Yogi following. Watch the NBA draft for confirmation.

  25. Beat Purdue,
    Stauskas will go higher than Marble or Petteway. Regardless, I’m interested in what that means to you. Would you suggest that the most talented players should be on the All-Big Ten team and not the players who had the best seasons? And if so, why?

  26. This should be a site about basketball!

    Huh…That’s also the first thing I thought when I went from a link provided by a Big 10 university’s official athletic site to its basketball coach’s Twitter page. It was weird…There were images of players, fans, and logos of Indiana Basketball all over it. Turns out that it was something completely different. I was perplexed as well. I feel your shared befuddlement.

    Let it be a lesson to you. Simply because an internet page or blog is veiled/wallpapered in “Hoosier” or IU symbols and images suggesting it’s a site where you might expect an IU coach to talk hoops, coaching, upcoming games, etc, the editorial content could actually be something more like this.

  27. Those who think this is a site for basketball only are still living in the era dominated by the Mastodon. I learned about Mastodons in the waiting room while having Mastodontia as a teenager. (BTW- Isn’t the Univ of San Francisco – Bill Russell etal- known as the Mastodons?)

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