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Edwards named first-team All-Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE — Moments after Carsen Edwards scored 40 points at Illinois, Purdue coach Matt Painter sat in front of the microphone at the postgame press conference alongside his sophomore sparkplug. Painter made a statement that didn’t need any amplification.

“To me, he’s the best guard in the league,” Painter said.


Monday night, it became clear many across the Big Ten agree with the Purdue coach’s assessment. Edwards was named first-team All-Big Ten by coaches and select media, the league office announced Monday.

During Purdue’s second-place finish in the Big Ten title race, Edwards led the Boilermakers in scoring (18.2 ppg) while contributing 3.8 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Last year, he was about a 1-to-1 assist-to-turnover guard but improved that mark to 1.72 assists/ turnover.

The sophomore finished the regular season with a flourish. Over the final six games, Edwards recorded four 20-point games and averaged 24.8 points per game.

In addition, seniors Vincent Edwards (second team), Isaac Haas (third team) and Dakota Mathias (honorable mention; All-Defensive Team) were all voted to select teams. The players were named to the same squads by both coaches and media.

On his radio show, Painter said Vincent Edwards would have been in line for first-team honors before illness and injury hit over the last month, forcing him to miss two games and not play at 100 percent for about half a dozen.

The coach took exception to the decision to leave Mathias off of the list. Mathias almost always matched up against the opponent’s best perimeter scorer. He also shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range, second to only Michigan State’s Cassius Winston.

‘If you’re saying he’s one of top five defenders in league and shoots how he does and (his) team wins, but he’s not All-Big Ten?” Painter said. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”

The first team was rounded out by Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop (Player of the Year), Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Penn State’s Tony Carr, Nebraska’s James Palmer (coaches) and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ (media). Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. won Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Indiana’s Juwan Morgan was selected to the second team by the coaches and the media. He averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Former Butler and current Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the job he did in his first season turning around the Buckeyes. Last year, the Buckeyes finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in Big Ten play. This year, Ohio State finished 24-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play to tie Purdue for second in the Big Ten title race.

2017-18 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team (Coaches)

FIRST TEAM

MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE

James Palmer Jr., Nebraska

KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE

Tony Carr, Penn State

Carsen Edwards, Purdue

SECOND TEAM

Juwan Morgan, Indiana

Moritz Wagner, Michigan

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State

Vincent Edwards, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

Isaac Haas, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION

Leron Black, Illinois

Robert Johnson, Indiana

Tyler Cook, Iowa

Kevin Huerter, Maryland

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan

Nick Ward, Michigan State

Nate Mason, Minnesota

Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska

Lamar Stevens, Penn State

Mike Watkins, Penn State

Dakota Mathias, Purdue

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Trent Frazier, Illinois

Bruno Fernando, Maryland

JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

Brad Davison, Wisconsin

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE

Josh Reaves, Penn State

Mike Watkins, Penn State

Dakota Mathias, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:

Duncan Robinson, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Unanimous selections IN ALL CAPS

2017-18 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team (Media Voting Panel)

FIRST TEAM

MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE

KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE

Tony Carr, Penn State

Carsen Edwards, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM

Juwan Morgan, Indiana

Moritz Wagner, Michigan

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

James Palmer Jr., Nebraska

Vincent Edwards, Purdue

THIRD TEAM

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

Nick Ward, Michigan State

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Isaac Haas, Purdue

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