Bryant, Blackmon receive All-Big Ten 3rd team honors

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.


  1. While this might be considered a disappointment for James and Thomas, it must also be seen as a compliment to their ability that two members of the 3rd Team came from a team that finished well below .500 in conference play! (and likely headed to the N.I.T.)

    And it bodes well for the BIG tournament!

  2. t, I watched Duke vs UNC and that was, clearly, a higher level of play. But the next game, UCLA vs. Washington State…man, that looked pretty dis-organized.

    I think the BIG is going to do pretty darn well in the NCAA, and I think we are going to WIN the N.I.T.

    Even Kentucky looks pretty small and, again, dis-organized.

    But it could be ‘stockholm syndrome’….

  3. Just listened to our Coach’s teleconference BIG interview (we were the FIRST to be interviewed!). It’s wonderful to hear that we are continuing to improve, because we’ll need all that (and possibly more) for this tournament.

    One thing that worried me is this Cook guy on Iowa. He reminds Tom Crean of O.G……in the Strength of the body. That worries me because one thing that I thought we had an advantage on was size AND strength. We’re also worried about the bench scoring (Iowa scores 30 or more off the bench, I learned). I think this means that we’re going to let Jok have his points and concentrate on shutting down their Freshman. Crean also revealed that we’re concentrating on our first game, which is good news because in order to get to the next round we’re going to have to Beat Iowa. Can’t wait!

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