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Big Ten announces all-conference honors

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[MARCH 10, 2004]  PARK RIDGE -- Deron Williams, Dee Brown, James Augustine and Roger Powell of the Illini were among the selections announced Tuesday on the Big Ten's list of all-conference honors in men's basketball for 2003-04.

Wisconsin's Devin Harris became the first Badgers standout in school history to earn the Big Ten's highest honor as he was chosen as the conference player of the year in voting by both the coaches and the media.

Harris is the third underclassmen to collect the award in the past four years, along with sophomores Jared Jeffries of Indiana in 2002 and Frank Williams of Illinois in 2001. He is the first junior to be honored since Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves and Ohio State's Scoonie Penn shared the award in 1999.

Harris, who was named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches back in October, was also the lone unanimous selection to the all-conference first team.

He helped the Badgers to a 12-4 league record, just one game shy of a third straight title.

The 6-3 guard ranked second in Big Ten games only, with 20.9 points per game, just percentage points off the league lead. He nearly doubled his scoring average of 10.6 points per outing from a year ago. He also rated among the top 10 in 3-pointers made (second at 2.75), assist-to-turnover ratio (fourth at 2.21), assists (sixth with 3.88) and steals (seventh with 1.62).

Purdue's Kenneth Lowe became just the fourth player in Big Ten annals to collect defensive player of the year accolades in consecutive seasons. Other two-time winners were Ohio State's Ken Johnson in 2000-01, Michigan's Gary Grant in 1987-88 and Illinois' Bruce Douglas in 1985-86. Lowe is the third Boilermaker in school history to nab the award, following Porter Roberts in 1996 and Ricky Hall in 1984.

The senior guard helped Purdue rank among the top two in the league for all games in scoring defense (second at 60.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (second at .408) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (first at .291).

Northwestern's Bill Carmody was tabbed as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media, making him the first Wildcat mentor to collect that honor in the 32-year history of the award. Carmody's squad produced an 8-8 mark this season, the best finish of his four years in Evanston and the first .500 record for the program in more than 35 years. The 1967-68 team was the last to accomplish that feat, with a record of 8-6.

Minnesota's Kris Humphries was the clear choice as the conference freshman of the year by both coaches and media after becoming the first freshman in Big Ten history to lead the way in both scoring and rebounding. He edged Harris for the Big Ten scoring title in the final game of the regular season to average 21.0 points per outing while topping all players with 9.5 boards per contest.

Humphries became just the sixth player in league annals to lead in both categories and the first since Purdue's Glenn Robinson accomplished the feat as a sophomore during the 1994 campaign. The 6-9 forward is the second Gopher to earn the award in the last three years. Rick Rickert became the first Minnesota honoree in 2002.

Humphries was joined on the Big Ten's all-freshman team by four other first-year standouts: Michigan's Dion Harris and Courtney Sims, Michigan State's Shannon Brown, and Penn State's Marlon Smith.

The all-Big Ten teams this year were dominated by underclassmen, as 12 of the 16 selections have a chance to return to their teams next season. The first teams selected by Big Ten coaches and by the media both included Harris, Humphries, sophomores Deron Williams of Illinois and Paul Davis of Michigan State, and senior Jitim Young of Northwestern. Each of those standouts collected first team honors for the first time in their careers, and Harris and Young earned all-league honors for the second straight season.

 

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The complete list of the all-Big Ten teams and awards follows.

All-Big Ten selections by the coaches

(* indicates 2004-05 eligibility)

First team

Paul Davis,* Michigan State

Devin Harris,* Wisconsin, unanimous selection

Kris Humphries,* Minnesota

Deron Williams,* Illinois

Jitim Young, Northwestern

Second team

Dee Brown,* Illinois

Chris Hill,* Michigan State

Kenneth Lowe, Purdue

Mike Wilkinson,* Wisconsin

Bracey Wright,* Indiana

Third team

Lester Abram,* Michigan

Jeff Horner,* Iowa

Pierre Pierce,* Iowa

Velimir Radinovic, Ohio State

Bernard Robinson Jr., Michigan

Honorable mention

James Augustine,* Illinois

Jan Jagla,* Penn State

Roger Powell,* Illinois

Marshall Strickland,* Indiana

David Teague,* Purdue

Kelvin Torbert,* Michigan State

Vedran Vukusic,* Northwestern

All-freshman team

Shannon Brown,* Michigan State

Dion Harris,* Michigan

Kris Humphries,* Minnesota

Courtney Sims,* Michigan

Marlon Smith,* Penn State

Player of the year

Devin Harris,* Wisconsin

Freshman of the year

Kris Humphries,* Minnesota

Defensive player of the year

Kenneth Lowe, Purdue

Repeat performers

First team: Harris (second in 2003), Young (third)

Second team: Brown (third), Hill (second), Lowe (third), Wright (third)

Third team: Robinson (third)

All-Big Ten selections by the media

(* indicates 2004-05 eligibility)

First team

Paul Davis,* Michigan State

Devin Harris,* Wisconsin, unanimous selection

Kris Humphries,* Minnesota

Deron Williams,* Illinois

Jitim Young, Northwestern

Second team

Dee Brown,* Illinois

Chris Hill,* Michigan State

Kenneth Lowe, Purdue

Mike Wilkinson,*Wisconsin

Bracey Wright, Indiana

Third team

Lester Abram,* Michigan

Jeff Horner,* Iowa

Pierre Pierce,* Iowa

Bernard Robinson Jr., Michigan

Kelvin Torbert,* Michigan State

Honorable mention

James Augustine,* Illinois

A.J. Moye, Indiana

Roger Powell,* Illinois

Velimir Radinovic, Ohio State

Vedran Vukusic,* Northwestern

Player of the year

Devin Harris,* Wisconsin

Freshman of the year

Kris Humphries,* Minnesota, unanimous selection

Coach of the year

Bill Carmody, Northwestern

Repeat performers

First team: Harris (third in 2003)

Second team: Brown (second), Hill (second), Lowe (third), Wright (third)

Third team: Robinson (third)

[Big Ten news release
provided by Scott Chipman]

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