The Big Ten all-conference teams were announced last night on BTN, and I was somewhat surprised to learn that the media named Tim Frazier as a first team player. I knew that Penn State’s Superman deserved to be considered one of the top five players in the conference, but I figured he would get relegated to second team because of State’s status as conference door mat. At least for the media, that was not the case.
The coaches saw things differently and put Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor on the First Team and Frazier on the Second. Although no one outside of Wisconsin is a bigger Jordan Taylor than me, and I thought he should have been named Big Ten Player of the Year last season, Frazier was a little better this year. I know the coaches probably fell in love with Taylor’s leadership and his team’s ability to grind out victories, but they already give out a trophy for best team. If you’re strictly talking about who was the better player this season, Frazier is the clear choice for me.
The rest of the first team players were the same on the media and the coaches side. John Shurna of Northwestern, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Robbie Hummel of Purdue were all named to the first team. Here’s the rest of the Big Ten honors announced last night:
Second Team voted by media
Cody Zeller, Indiana; Trey Burke, Michigan; William Buford, Ohio State; Matt Gatens, Iowa; Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Second Team voted by coaches
Cody Zeller, Indiana; Trey Burke, Michigan; William Buford, Ohio State; Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State
Third Team voted by media
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Third Team voted by coaches
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Brandon Paul, Illinois; Matt Gatens, Iowa
All-Freshmen Team (only coaches got one of these)
Cody Zeller, Indiana; Trey Burke, Michigan; Aaron White, Iowa; Branden Dawon, Michigan State; Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
All-Defensive Team (only coaches again)
Victor Oladipo, Indiana; Draymond Green, Michigan State; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Josh Gasser, Wisconsin
Player of the Year: Draymond Green
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Trey Burke (media) and Cody Zeller (coaches)
Also, Billy Oliver was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Nominee. Congrats Billy!
I found it interesting that the coaches named Frazier to the All-Defensive Team and not to the First Team. You’d figure they would vote Taylor the better defensive player because his team played better defense just like they voted him a better overall player because his team played better overall. Also, Frazier averaged more points and assists than Taylor, so if he was also the better defensive player, what exactly made Taylor deserve First Team? I know he shot for better percentages, but he wasn’t exactly Mr. Efficiency himself. The answer is clearly that Taylor is surrounded by an intangible aura that magically makes his team win. Otherwise known as having better teammates.
Okay enough bashing of Taylor. He is a phenomenal player and I think if you told me before the season that one Penn State player would make one First Team, but not both, I would have told you that that was plenty. Congrats to Tim Frazier, Billy Oliver and all the other outstanding athletes who were honored!