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
Illinois - The Champaign Room
Iowa - Black Heart Gold Pants
Michigan - Maize N' Brew
Michigan State - The Only Colors
Minnesota - The Daily Gopher
Nebraska - Corn Nation
Northwestern - Sippin' On Purple
Ohio State - Land-Grant Holyland
Penn State - Black Shoe Diaries
Purdue - Hammer & Rails
Wisconsin - Bucky's 5th Quarter
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.