Two Spartans earn Big Ten honors
One day after the Big Ten Conference finished off another regular season, the conference announced its list of awards, that included a pair of Spartans.
Sophomore Gary Harris was named to the All-Big Ten first team after leading MSU is scoring at 17.5 points a game. He also averaged a team-high 32.9 minutes, and played in 28 in 28 of the Spartans 31 games this season.
Also on the Big Ten first team was Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who was the only unanimous decision.
After ranking third in the Big Ten in steals, Harris also locked up a spot on the All-Defensive team along side Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons, and Ohio State teammates Shannon Scott and Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Craft.
Adreian Payne earned a spot on the All-Big Ten second team desire missing six game during the heart of the Big Ten season.
He’s joined by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan’s Caris LeVert, D.J. Newbill of Penn State and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker.
The coaches and media were split for Coach of the Year, with the press giving the honor to Michigan’s John Beilein, while the coaches thought Nebraska’s Tim Miles was the best.
Even during the Big Ten Network broadcast Beilein gave the nod to Miles.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” the Michigan boss said. “I think it is Tim Miles’ award.”
Nik Stauskas was also named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading Michigan to the Big Ten regular season title.
The next time Appling and Payne will be in action will be the late game Friday night in Indianapolis when they face off against either Iowa or Northwestern.