The Big Ten recognized three different members of the No. 10 Ohio State basketball team when the conference announced its postseason awards the evening of March 11.
Juniors Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft both were named All-Big Ten first teams, but Thomas was the only Buckeye to be a consensus first-team selection by both the media and the coaches. Craft was named to first team by the media and the second team by the coaches.
Both Craft and sophomore Shannon Scott were named to the conference’s all-defensive team, voted only by the conference’s coach.
“Without question the Big Ten was the top conference in the country this year,” OSU head coach Thad Matta said. “For Deshaun and Aaron to both earn First Team recognition is quite an accomplishment. It’s well known that our league is predicated on defense. Both Aaron and Shannon are deserving members of the All-Defensive team.”
Despite being recognized by most experts as one of the premier defenders in all of college basketball, Craft wasn’t named as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, which was awarded by the coaches to Indiana’s Victory Oladipo.
Joining Thomas as consensus selections on the All-Big Ten first team were Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Oladipo and Michigan’s Trey Burke, who also was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Replacing Craft on the coach’s first team was Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Big Ten’s Coach of the Year was Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, while the unanimous freshman of the year was Michigan State guard Gary Harris. Indiana’s Will Sheehey was the conferences Sixth Man of the Year, which was voted on only by the coaches.
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