Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Ethan Happ is bringing in more Big Ten honors after a successful sophomore campaign.
Happ was named First Team All-Big Ten on Monday afternoon, marking the fourth straight season the Badgers have had a player on the team. Happ was arguably the best all-around player in the conference this year. He averaged 13.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.0 BPG and 1.2 SPG.
The sophomore led the Badgers in rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, and tied Nigel Hayes for the lead in assists. He was second to Bronson Koenig in scoring (14.2 PPG). Happ joins Badger legend Michael Finley as the only Badgers to take home the honors as sophomores.
Other players joining Happ on First Team All-Big Ten: Melo Trimble (Maryland), Nate Mason (Minnesota), Peter Jok (Iowa) and Caleb Swanigan (Purdue).
Koenig was voted as Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Third Team by the media. Koenig was second in the Big Ten in three-pointers made with 80, trailing only Indiana’s Justin Blackmon who hit 82 threes.
Zak Showalter and Happ were both named to the All-Big Ten Defensive Team, a magnificent honor for Showalter in particular for his hard work over the past five seasons, including his redshirt year.
Nigel Hayes added another accolade to his legacy was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team. Hayes averaged 13.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 2.9 apg in his senior season.
For the second straight season, Vitto Brown was recognized with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.