Morgan garners All-Big Ten 2nd team honors

Juwan Morgan had a strong case for first-team consideration.

But the Indiana junior forward will have to settle for second instead.

League coaches and media members voted Morgan to the All-Big Ten second team, the conference announced Monday. Morgan is one of three Hoosiers to pick up postseason honors from the Big Ten, joining Robert Johnson (coaches honorable mention) and Collin Hartman (Sportsmanship Award).

IU’s best and most consistent performer, Morgan has functioned as the go-to Hoosier in coach Archie Miller’s first season guiding the program. He leads Indiana with 16.6 points per game and ranks seventh among all conference players in rebounding (7.3 per game), sixth in field goal percentage (.579) and eighth in blocks (1.4 pg).

Entering the season, Miller viewed Morgan as a player who could thrive in his system, and after a month’s worth of action, it was clear the Missouri native was able to deliver.

“He’s given everything he has,” Miller said. “He’s probably running on fumes right now here at the end, the amount of minutes he’s played, what we’ve asked him to do defensively and offensively. He’s had a great year.”

As IU found some traction February, at one point winning four consecutive games, Morgan was there to lead the charge.

Across the final 10 games of the regular season, Morgan averaged 19.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. He’s posted eight double-doubles and scored 20 points or more on 10 occasions, including eight Big Ten games.

Morgan is also the most improved scorer in the league, averaging 8.9 points per game more overall and 10.6 points more in conference play compared to last season.

And he’s done it all while playing out of position to cover for the loss of starting center De’Ron Davis.

“When the injury happened to De’Ron, it shuffled our team a little bit,” Miller said, “and we had to figure out how to play through him in different ways with different players around him. And he’s continued to do a really great job.”

Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State headlines the coaches first team. He’s joined on that list by Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Nebraska’s James Palmer, Penn State’s Tony Carr and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. Bates-Diop, Bridges, Carr, Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ made the media’s first team.

“If there’s a guy that’s more valuable to their team than he is to ours, that’s going to be debatable,” Miller said.

Morgan was joined on the coaches second team by Happ, Michigan’s Moritz Wagner, Ohio State’s Jae-Sean Tate and Purdue’s Vincent Edwards. The media’s second team included Morgan, Wagner, Palmer, Vincent Edwards and Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy.

Johnson rebounded from a slow start to the season to become IU’s second option. The senior guard averaged 16.3 points and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc during February. Johnson enters this week’s Big Ten Tournament averaging 14.1 points per contest on the season.

The biggest surprise from the release of the league’s postseason awards was the Big Ten’s defensive snub of Zach McRoberts.

The IU walk-on has served as the top defender on one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State headlines the coaches All-Defensive Team. He’s joined by Maryland’s Anthony Cowan, Penn State’s Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins and Purdue’s Dakota Mathias.

Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann received Coach of the Year honors from the coaches and the media. Michigan’s Duncan Robinson was named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

The full list of honorees can be found below:

2017-18 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches

FIRST TEAM
MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE
Tony Carr, Penn State
Carsen Edwards, Purdue

SECOND TEAM
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
Isaac Haas, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION
Leron Black, Illinois
Robert Johnson, Indiana
Tyler Cook, Iowa
Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Nate Mason, Minnesota
Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska
Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Bruno Fernando, Maryland
JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE
Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State
Brad Davison, Wisconsin

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE
Josh Reaves, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:
Duncan Robinson, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR:
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Unanimous selections IN ALL CAPS

2017-18 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Aaron Jordan, Illinois; Collin Hartman, Indiana; Nicholas Baer, Iowa; Michal Cekovsky, Maryland; Duncan Robinson, Michigan; Tum Tum Nairn Jr., Michigan State; Dupree McBrayer, Minnesota; Evan Taylor, Nebraska; Gavin Skelly, Northwestern; Andrew Dakich, Ohio State; Julian Moore, Penn State; P.J. Thompson, Purdue; Mike Williams, Rutgers; Aaron Moesch, Wisconsin.

2017-18 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team
As selected by Media Voting Panel

FIRST TEAM
MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE
KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE
Tony Carr, Penn State
Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
Vincent Edwards, Purdue

THIRD TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Isaac Haas, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION
Leron Black, Illinois
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
Tyler Cook, Iowa
Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan
Nate Mason, Minnesota
Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
Dererk Pardon, Northwestern
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

COACH OF THE YEAR:
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Unanimous selections IN ALL CAPS

4 comments

  1. What’s the latest work on Romeo? I hope it’s good news and I hope it means that he can come here and augment the roster. Next year will be tough without him and a long year. No way Vandy should get a one and done-er, not fair.

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