The 2013-14 SB Nation All-Big Ten Team

Duane Burleson

The 14 SBNation Big Ten blogs have once again selected the all-Conference basketball teams.

It has been a lot of fun this week as I have put together the Second Annual SBNation all-Big Ten team. This year even more writers contributed, as 21 writers across the 14 Big Ten blogs (12 teams plus Off Tackle Empire and BT Powerhouse, our football and basketball blogs) contributed a ballot. Here are your votes:

Indiana - Crimson Quarry

Adam Johnson

Illinois - The Champaign Room

Jack Cassidy

Iowa - Black Heart Gold Pants

Matt Lundeen

Ross Binder

Michigan - Maize N' Brew

Fouad Egbaria

Zach Travis

Michigan State - The Only Colors

Chris Vannini

Minnesota - The Daily Gopher

Alex Stephenson

Nebraska - Corn Nation

David McGee

Northwestern - Sippin' On Purple

George Price

Ohio State - Land-Grant Holyland

LGHL Staff

Penn State - Black Shoe Diaries

Chad Markulics

Purdue - Hammer & Rails

Travis Miller

Zach Langdon

Steve Landrey

Wisconsin - Bucky's 5th Quarter

Phil Mitten

Bart Torvik

Neal Olson

Jackson Dahlquist

BT Powerhouse

Thomas Beindit

Off Tackle Empire

Graham Filler

There was more diversity than last year. Last season four of the five First-Team selections were unanimous. Of course, Cody Zeller, Trey Burke, and Victor Oladipo were First round NBA Draft picks and Deshaun Thomas was a second round pick, so that made things pretty easy.

This year only one player was a unanimous selection, and he was also named SBNation's Big Ten Player of the year, receiving 13 of the 21 votes for that spot.

2013-14 SBNation Big Ten Player of the Year: Nik Stauskas - Michigan Wolverines

Yes, the Big Ten player of the Year was a Canadian white guy. No, this was not hockey. The 6'6" 205 pound guard from Ontario took the Big Ten by storm this year. He averaged 17.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for the team that won the Big Ten outright by two games. When the Big Ten season started I questioned openly if Michigan would even make the tournament because of their non-conference struggled and the loss of Mitch McGary. Well, I was wrong. Stauskas was the best player on the best team, so this is a worth award.

As far as the other 8 votes for Player of the Year, They were spread very evenly. One ballot did not name anything other than the three all-Big Ten teams. Roy Devyn Marble got three votes, while Gary Harris and Terran Petteway got two votes.

2013-14 SBNation First Team all-Big Ten

The voting was broken down as follows: Each ballot listed five First Team members, five Second Team, and five Third Team. A First Team vote was worth three points, a Second Team worth two points, and a Third Team worth one point. Here is the First Team:

Nik Stauskas - Michigan Wolverines - 63 points (Unanimous selection)

Roy Devyn Marble - Iowa Hawkeyes - 62 points

Gary Harris - Michigan St. Spartans - 61 points

Terran Petteway - Nebraska Cornhuskers - 60 points

Kevin Ferrell - Indiana Hoosiers - 47 points

As you can see, the first four spots were once again pretty straightforward. Marble was only a Second teamer on one ballot, while Harris and Petteway were also close to being unanimous selections. As the only player on Indiana that was really aware a Big Ten season was going on in every game I have no problem with Ferrell getting the last First Team spot. It was back and forth for that spot for awhile, but Ferrell earned it by getting named First or Second Team on every ballot.

2013-14 SBNation Second Team all-Big Ten

Frank Kaminsky - Wisconsin Badgers - 43 points

Adreian Payne - Michigan St. Spartans - 40 points

Sam Dekker- Wisconsin Badgers - 32 points

Caris LeVert - Michigan Wolverines - 27 points

D.J. Newbill - Penn St. Nittany Lions - 26 points

For awhile there were some ties on the Second Team, but it filtered out into a pretty solid second team. As I got ballots in Kaminsky and Payne were battling Ferrell for the last First Team spot, but Ferrell eventually pulled away. Most of these guys got at least one First Team vote as well.

2013-14 SBNation Third Team all-Big Ten

Noah Vonleh - Indiana Hoosiers - 22 points

Aaron White - Iowa Hawkeyes - 20 points

LaQuinton Ross - Ohio St. Buckeyes - 19 points

Aaron Craft - Ohio St. Buckeyes - 19 points

Tim Frazier - Penn St. Nittany Lions - 19 points

The Third Team also had some ties, but only one player on the Honorable Mention list came close to cracking the third team. Vonleh was the only freshman among the top 15. Frazier gets a well deserved Third Team spot as well.

All-Big Ten Honorable Mention:

The following players were all named at least on one ballot:

A.J. Hammons - Purdue Boilermakers - 16 points

Drew Crawford - Northwestern Wildcats - 12 points

Rayvonte Rice - Illinois Fighting Illini - 10 points

Dre Hollins - Minnesota Golden Gophers - 9 points

Glenn Robinson III - Michigan Wolverines - 6 points

Ben Brust - Wisconsin Badgers - 5 points

Keith Appling - Michigan St. Spartans - 5 points

Josh Gasser - Wisconsin Badgers - 2 points

DeAndre Mathieu - Minnesota Golden Gophers - 1 point

Austin Hollins - Minnesota Golden Gophers - 1 point

Denzel Valentine - Wisconsin Badgers - 1 point

Shavon Shields - Nebraska Cornhuskers - 1 point

2013-14 SBNation Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

Aaron Craft - Ohio St. Buckeyes

Craft has struggled of late, but he was still named the league's top defender on 12 ballots. His closest challenger was A.J. Hammons, who had four votes for the spot.

2013-14 SBNation Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Noah Vonleh - Indiana Hoosiers

Vonleh was the unanimous Freshman of the Year for Indiana. When you're the only potential one-and-done freshman in the league this year that made this one an easy choice.

2013-14 SBNation Big Ten Coach of the Year

Tim Miles - Nebraska Cornhuskers

This was a close one, but Miles got half of the votes while John Beilein got most of the remaining 10 votes. Beilein loses out because there were a couple votes for Bo Ryan and Richard Pitino, but Miles certainly earns it. He has Nebraska on the brink of an NCAA Tournament berth that looked highly unlikely as recently as a month ago.

So there you have it. Again, this was fun to put together and I am looking forward to it again next season.

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