D.J. Richardson led the Illini in scoring during B1G play.
March 11, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten men's basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Monday, with Illinois seniors Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson garnering honors from both the coaches and media. Paul was voted a third-team honoree by the league's coaches, while Richardson was also a third-team choice by the coaches and was an honorable mention honoree by the media.
Paul leads the Illini in scoring for the season, averaging 16.3 points per game. He had a 35-point game in Illinois' Dec. 8 win at current No. 1 Gonzaga to earn National Player of the Week honors, and was named MVP of the Maui Invitational after leading the Illini to the title. During Big Ten play, Paul averaged 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He was also a third-team honoree by coaches 2011-12.
Richardson led the Illini in scoring for most of the conference season before being passed by Paul in the final game, averaging 14.2 points per game in B1G action. For the season, he's averaging 12.8 points per game and has hit a team-high 75 three-pointers. He hit the game-winning three-pointer as time expired at Hawaii and was also named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team after helping Illinois to the title.
Michigan's Trey Burke earnedBig Ten Player of the Year honors from the conference's coaches and a media panel. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan claimed Coach of the Year laurels from both groups, while Michigan State's Gary Harris picked up Freshman of the Year accolades from the coaches and media. Indiana's Victor Oladipo was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Will Sheehey was voted the Sixth Man of the Year.
The Big Ten also announced 12 Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. This season's honorees are Illinois' Brandon Paul, Indiana's Derek Elston, Iowa's Eric May, Michigan's Hardaway Jr., Michigan State's Adreian Payne, Minnesota's Andre Hollins, Nebraska's Brandon Ubel, Northwestern's Reggie Hearn, Ohio State's Sam Thompson, Penn State's Nick Colella, Purdue's Dru Anthrop and Wisconsin's Berggren.
The complete list of All-Conference honorees and individual award winners can be found here.