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Stauskas Big Ten’s Top Player; Beilein Coach Of The Year

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ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 30: Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots a three-point shot during the second half of the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Crisler Arena on January 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Boilermakers 75-66. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – JANUARY 30: Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots a three-point shot during the second half of the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Crisler Arena on January 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Boilermakers 75-66. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team was named the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media, and Wolverine head coach John Beilein was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year as selected by the media on Monday night (March 10). Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS), sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central HS) and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Detroit, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) garnered other conference postseason recognition — LeVert an all-conference second teamer, Robinson an honorable mention and Walton an all-freshman member.

Stauskas becomes the second U-M player to earn Big Ten Player of the Year in program history and helps the Wolverines earn back-to-back honors after Trey Burke was honored last season. In addition to his Player of the Year distinction, Stauskas was the only unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media.

Stauskas, who was a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week and recently named to the Sporting News’ All-America second team, led U-M to a 23-7 overall mark and guided the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years with a 15-3 record.

He led the Maize and Blue with 17.4 points and 3.5 assists while pulling down 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 25 of his 29 games, with 13 20-plus point games, including a career-best 26 twice. He is the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the top 10 for field goal percentage (48.9), three-point percentage (45.8) and free throw percentage (81.1).

Beilein was named the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year by the media and becomes just the third U-M coach honored, joining the late Johnny Orr (1974, ’77) and Bill Frieder (1985) as the only others selected.

LeVert, who started all 30 games, improved his averages from just 2.3 points in 2012-13 to 13.4 points per game this season. He posted 21 double-figure scoring games with seven 20-plus point games, including a career-best 25 against Wisconsin on Feb. 16. He added 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists while playing in 34.0 minutes per game.

Robinson, who was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, averaged 13.2 points per game in his second season, posting 22 double-figure scoring games, including a career-best 23 points on two occasions. He added 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the field.

Walton became the fourth straight Wolverine freshman to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by the coaches, as Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011), Burke (2012) and Robinson (2013) also earned the distinction in their rookie seasons. Walton played in all 30 games, starting 29, and is averaging 8.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds. He reached double figures in 11 games with a career-best 19 points at Michigan State on Jan. 25. He also had his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Ohio State on Feb. 11.

The Wolverines earned the program’s first No. 1 seed in Big Ten Tournament history and open play on Friday (March 14) at noon against the winner of the match-up between No. 8 seed Indiana and No. 9 seed Illinois.

2013-14 ALL-BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
(UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS)

COACHES SELECTIONS

First Team
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
NIK STAUSKAS, MICHIGAN
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Second Team
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Third Team
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Honorable Mention
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Ben Brust, Wisconsin

All-Freshman Team
Kendrick Nunn, Illinois
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan
Kendall Stephens, Purdue
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

All-Defensive Team
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Shannon Scott, Ohio State
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Sixth Man of the Year: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
Coach of the Year: Tim Miles, Nebraska

MEDIA SELECTIONS

First Team
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
NIK STAUSKAS, MICHIGAN
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Second Team
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State

Third Team
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
Will Sheehey, Indiana
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
DeAndre Mathieu, Minnesota
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Ben Brust, Wisconsin
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin
Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Coach of the Year: John Beilein, Michigan

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Joseph Bertrand, Illinois
Will Sheehey, Indiana
Mike Gesell, Iowa
Jon Horford, Michigan
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Austin Hollins, Minnesota
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Lenzelle Smith Jr., Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Travis Carroll, Purdue
Ben Brust, Wisconsin

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