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Coaches balloting – 2009-10 All-Big Ten Teams
First team Second team Third team
Demetri McCamey, Illinois DeShawn Sims, Michigan Manny Harris, Michigan
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State John Shurna, Northwestern Draymond Green, Michigan State
EVAN TURNER, Ohio State Talor Battle, Penn State Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue JaJuan Johnson, Purdue William Buford, Ohio State
E’Twaun Moore, Purdue Trévon Hughes, Wisconsin Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention
All-Big Ten
:
Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Verdell Jones III, Indiana
Aaron Fuller, Iowa
Matt Gatens, Iowa
Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
David Lighty, Ohio State
Chris Kramer, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

*All CAPS indicates unanimous decision

Player of the Year: Evan Turner, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Matt Painter, Purdue

Sixth Man of the Year: DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State

Freshman of the Year
: D.J. Richardson, Illinois

All-Freshman Team:
D.J. RICHARDSON, Illinois
CHRISTIAN WATFORD, Indiana
Eric May, Iowa
DREW CRAWFORD, Northwestern
Kelsey Barlow, Purdue

All-Defensive Team:
Jeremy Nash, Northwestern
Dallas Lauderdale, Ohio State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue
Trévon Hughes, Wisconsin

Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Kramer, Purdue

Media balloting – 2009-10 All-Big Ten Teams
First team Second team Third team
Demetri McCamey, Illinois DeShawn Sims, Michigan Manny Harris, Michigan
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State John Shurna, Northwestern Draymond Green, Michigan State
EVAN TURNER, Ohio State Talor Battle, Penn State William Buford, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue JaJuan Johnson, Purdue David Lighty, Ohio State
E’Twaun Moore, Purdue Trévon Hughes, Wisconsin Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention
All-Big Ten:
Mike Davis, Illinois
Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Verdell Jones III, Indiana
Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Chris Kramer, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

*All CAPS indicates unanimous decision

Player of the Year: EVAN TURNER, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Thad Matta, Ohio State

Freshman of the Year
: Drew Crawford, Northwestern


Big Ten Sportsmanship Awards
Bill Cole, Illinois; Brett Finkelmeier, Indiana; Jarryd Cole, Iowa; DeShawn Sims, Michigan; Isaiah Dahlman, Michigan State; Paul Carter, Minnesota; John Shurna, Northwestern; Kyle Madsen, Ohio State; Andrew Jones, Penn State; Chris Kramer, Purdue; Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin.

Crean addresses McLeod dismissal on radio show

Tom Crean still wasn’t looking to give details on his radio show on Monday night, but he did address his dismissal of assistant coach Roshown McLeod.

“I want Roshown to be successful,” Crean said. “I think what happened with us is it became abundantly clear that I needed to make a change. It became clear to our staff that we needed to make a change. The only thing that’s worse than looking at the time was being indecisive. I wasn’t going to be indecisive. That’s where it’s at. Frankly, I’d like to keep it there. I really don’t want to have to go any further than that. I want to continue to coach this basketball team this season the best way that we can, Continue to recruit the way that we are, get this program pulling in the same direction in every area in what we’re trying to accomplish, what we want from Indiana, what Indiana deserves from us, certainly with the recruiting. It’s gotta be pulling in the same direction and that’s what I want to focus on, and I’m going to do my best to leave it at that and focus on that. I’m not being evasive, but that’s where I’m leaving it…. The decision’s been made. That’s the way it is.” (more…)


McLeod working on statement

Former Indiana assistant coach Roshown McLeod declined immediate comment Monday afternoon, saying that he is working on a public statement that he plans to release in the coming days. He said he’s received a lot of phone calls and that he doesn’t want to repeat his answers over and over.

McLeod was released from the program according to an IU release Sunday night. This morning on the Big Ten conference call, Tom Crean said the decision was “about moving the program forward and putting the program first.”


Hardy’s courage recognized by teammates

*Thanks to Swampy, top poster in HTO and Scoop history, for passing this along.

**Yes, he’s a Bills fan. That’s why I feel the need to be so nice to him. Every person deserves to have something right in their world.

James Hardy, the former Indiana receiver, has been awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by his Buffalo Bills teammates.

We wrote about Hardy’s difficult upbringing on numerous occasions during his career with the Hoosiers.

He told BuffaloBills.com that his troubles as a child and young man inspired him to work with children — he helped the city celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, among other things — and that work, in a season when he also battled injury, earned his teammate’s admiration.

The award, which is presented to a Bills player that exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage, also recognizes dedication, professionalism and community service. For the third-year wide receiver the award carries special meaning because the Ed Block Courage Foundation serves to promote the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness and assisting agencies that provide care and treatment of abused children.

“Being through a lot of the hardships I had as a child, going to see children and talk to children that makes me release all that I have in me from my childhood,” said Hardy. “That’s why I’ll always volunteer for that. I love doing it. It takes me back to a time when I was that age. They call us players an inspiration, but I get inspired when I see those kids to not give up and not quit.


Eleven Hoosiers — plus two others — participating in IU’s Pro Day

Indiana is holding its pro day for NFL scouts in Bloomington on Tuesday. It’s closed to the media and the public, but IU released a list Monday of the attendees.

The four players who participated in the NFL Combine will be there, including offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton and safety Nick Polk. Also participating will be running back Demetrius McCray, tight end Troy Wagner, cornerback/kick returner Ray Fisher, linebackers Matt Mayberry and Will Patterson and safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk.

IU will also host two small college players in St. Francis running back Daniel Carter and University of Indianapolis offensive lineman Tim Dury.


Lunardi: Five Big Ten teams still in

The Big Ten obviously has four locks in the NCAA Tournament, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi says the league will still get five. Illinois is the very last team in though, so that bubble could easily burst.


On the All-Big Ten teams

What was supposed to be a day spent preparing for the impending Big Ten Tournament has, of course, become, instead, a figure-out-what-the-heck-might-have-happened-with-Roshown-McLeod day.

Indiana coach Tom Crean’s stance is that there’s no goodtime to fire an assistant coach. My stance is that there are probably less suspicious times to release the news to the media than 9:45 on a Sunday night.

Anyway, a few our peers in the Big Ten have shared thoughts on the All-Big Ten teams, and I’ll link to those here and share any quick reflections.

First, we have the Big Ten Geeks. They call themselves that, so don’t get mad at me.

These nerds (it’s a synonym, so you still can’t be upset) only named a first team. Predictably, there were no Hoosiers on it.

But the dorks (that was uncalled for) also got into a discussion of the freshmen. They see the race for top freshman coming down to Drew Crawford of Northwestern and D.J. Richardson of Illinois, with the edge going to Crawford.

Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, say the dweebs (that’s just mean; gotta stop reading the comments on this blog), join Eric May of Iowa on the All-Freshman team.

For those wondering, here’s a stats comparison for Crawford, Richardson and Watford. I offer it without comment:

CRAWFORD

Season GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
2009-10 31 27.065 9.935 45.5 35.2 63.6 1.903 3.871 0.677 0.548

RICHARDSON

Season GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
2009-10 31 30.29 10.258 40.6 39.0 78.1 2.129 2.71 0.097 0.742

WATFORD

Season GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
2009-10 30 28.3 12.067 37.9 31.8 79.7 0.567 6.033 0.6 0.533

[3:15 UPDATE]

Here are some thoughts from the esteemed Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch.

He names three teams and includes no Hoosiers.

As for the freshmen, Bob’s got Eric May first, Watford second and Crawford third.

[3:25 UPDATE]

Jeff Goodman of Fox does have Watford as his FOY, and his post includes thoughts on every conference.

[6:05 UPDATE]

Our friend Mike Rothstein delivers here, with the results of an august panel’s take on year-end award. Dustin Dopirak was among the 11 anointed ones.

No Hoosiers earned first-team votes, but Christian Watford was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. He got only two votes for Freshman of the Year, though, as Crawford (5) and Richards (4) took the bulk of the votes.



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