Illini shut out of major Big Ten honors

John Supinie

Illinois has made one of the largest turnarounds in school history and the biggest jump up the ladder in the Big Ten Conference from a year ago.

The Illini enter the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse as the No. 2 seed after reaching the title game last year as the No. 10 seed. Mentioned as a candidate for national coach of the year, Illinois' Bruce Weber has guided a team of overachievers who apparently didn't sway the league coaches or media this winter.

Illinois sophomore forward Mike Davis was a second-team pick by the Big Ten coaches, while Davis and sophomore guard Demetri McCamey were third-team selections from the media panel. Senior guard Chester Frazier earned a spot on the all-defensive team, and Frazier and sophomore center Mike Tisdale were honorable mention selections. Meanwhile, the Illini were shut out of the major individual awards.

Speedy Michigan State sophomore guard Kalin Lucas received player of the year accolades from the coaches and media. Behind Lucas, the Spartans won the Big Ten title by four games over Illinois and Purdue, who tied for second place. Ohio State sophomore guard Evan Turner was the other likely choice for the league's player of the year.

The coaches selected Michigan State's Tom Izzo as coach of the year after he led the Spartans to their first conference championship since 2001 and first outright title since 1999. The media went with Ed DeChellis, who guided the Penn State to a tie for third fourth place in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions, perennial underdogs, appear close their first NCAA bid since 2001.

Frazier was a serious contender for defensive player of the year -- Weber said earlier he would be "shocked'' if Frazier didn't earn the award -- but Michigan State senior Travis Walton earned the honor in a vote by the coaches.

The league's first team was filled by sophomores -- Michigan guard Manny Harris, Lucas, Ohio State guard Evan Turner, Penn State guard Talor Battle and Purdue center JaJuan Johnson.

Ohio State wing forward William Buford earned freshman of the year by the coaches and media. Ohio State center B.J. Mullens received sixth man of the year in a vote by the coaches. Illinois senior Trent Meacham and Iowa junior Devan Bawinkel, a guard from Winnebago, were among players named to sportsmanship awards.

Illinois (23-8 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten) plays Friday in the conference tournament quarterfinals after winning 10 more games in the regular season than a year ago, the third largest turnaround in the nation.

John Supinie can be reached at Johnsupinie@aol.com.

ALL-BIG TEN: Selected by coaches

FIRST TEAM

Manny Harris, Michigan

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Evan Turner, Ohio State

Talor Battle, Penn State

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

SECOND TEAM

Mike Davis, Illinois

Goran Suton, Michigan State

Kevin Coble, Northwestern

E'Twaun Moore, Purdue

Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM

Demetri McCamey, Illinois

DeShawn Sims, Michigan

Craig Moore, Northwestern

Jamelle Cornley, Penn State

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION

Mike Tisdale, Illinois

Jake Kelly, Iowa

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State

Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota

William Buford, Ohio State

Jon Diebler, Ohio State

Stanley Pringle, Penn State

Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Matt Gatens, Iowa

Delvon Roe, Michigan State

William Buford, Ohio State

B.J. Mullens, Ohio State

Lewis Jackson, Purdue

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Chester Frazier, Illinois

Travis Walton, Michigan State

Damian Johnson, Minnesota

Chris Kramer, Purdue

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Travis Walton, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

William Buford, Ohio State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR

B.J. Mullens, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tom Izzo, Michigan State

ALL-BIG TEN: Selected by media

FIRST TEAM

Manny Harris, Michigan

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Evan Turner, Ohio State

Talor Battle, Penn State

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

SECOND TEAM

DeShawn Sims, Michigan

Goran Suton, Michigan State

Kevin Coble, Northwestern

Jamelle Cornley, Penn State

E'Twaun Moore, Purdue

THIRD TEAM

Mike Davis, Illinois

Demetri McCamey, Illinois

Craig Moore, Northwestern

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION

Chester Frazier, Illinois

Mike Tisdale, Illinois

Jake Kelly, Iowa

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State

Travis Walton, Michigan State

Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota

Jon Diebler, Ohio State

Stanley Pringle, Penn State

Chris Kramer, Purdue

Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin

Joe Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

William Buford, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ed DeChellis, Penn State