Deron Williams Named All Big Ten First Team

The Big Ten announced their yearly conference awards on Tuesday morning. Wisconsin's Devin Harris was named Player of the Year, Minnesota's Kris Humphries was named Freshman of the Year, and Northwestern's Bill Carmody was named Coach of the Year. <br><br> Illinois' Deron Williams was named to the All Big Ten First Team, while Dee Brown garnered a spot on the second team.

Park Ridge, IL - Wisconsin's Devin Harris became the first Badgers standout in school history to earn the Big Ten's highest honor as he was chosen as the Conference Player of the Year in voting by both the coaches and the media. Harris is the third underclassmen to collect the award in the past four years, along with sophomores Jared Jeffries of Indiana (2002) and Frank Williams of Illinois (2001), and the first junior to be honored since Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves and Ohio State's Scoonie Penn shared the award in 1999. Harris, who was named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches back in October, was also the lone unanimous All-Conference First Team selection after guiding the Badgers to a 12-4 League record, just one game shy of a third straight title. The 6-3 guard ranked second in Big Ten games only with 20.9 points per game, just percentage points off the League lead, as he nearly doubled his scoring average of 10.6 points per outing from a year ago. Harris also rated among the top 10 in three-pointers made (2nd at 2.75), assist-to-turnover ratio (4th at 2.21), assists (6th with 3.88) and steals (7th with 1.62).

Purdue's Kenneth Lowe became just the fourth player in Big Ten annals to collect Defensive Player of the Year accolades in consecutive seasons, as he joins Ohio State's Ken Johnson (2000-01), Michigan's Gary Grant (1987-88) and Illinois' Bruce Douglas (1985-86) as two-time winners. Lowe is the third Boilermaker in school history to nab the award along with Porter Roberts (1996) and Ricky Hall (1984). The senior guard helped Purdue rank among the top two in the League for all games in scoring defense (2nd at 60.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (2nd at .408) and three-point field goal percentage defense (1st at .291).

Northwestern's Bill Carmody was tabbed as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media, making him the first Wildcat mentor to collect that honor in the 32-year history of the award. Carmody's squad produced an 8-8 mark this season, the best finish of his four years in Evanston and the first .500 record for the program in more than 35 years, as the 1967-68 team was the last to accomplish that feat with a record of 8-6.

Minnesota's Kris Humphries was the clear choice as the Conference Freshman of the Year by both coaches and media after becoming the first frosh in Big Ten history to lead the way in both scoring and rebounding. He edged Harris for the Big Ten scoring title in the final game of the regular season to average 21.0 points per outing while topping all players with 9.5 boards per contest. Humphries became just the sixth player in League annals to lead in both categories and the first since Purdue's Glenn Robinson accomplished the feat as a sophomore during the 1994 campaign. The 6-9 forward is the second Gopher to earn the award in the last three years, as Rick Rickert became the first Minnesota honoree in 2002. Humphries was joined by four other first-year standouts on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, as the five-man squad also included Michigan's Dion Harris and Courtney Sims, Michigan State's Shannon Brown and Penn State's Marlon Smith.

The 2004 All-Big Ten teams were dominated by underclassmen, as 12 of the 16 selections have a chance to return to their teams next season. Both First Team All-Big Ten squads included Harris, Humphries, sophomores Deron Williams of Illinois and Paul Davis of Michigan State and senior Jitim Young of Northwestern. Each of those standouts collected First Team honors for the first time in their careers, as Harris and Young earned All-League honors for the second straight season. The complete list of the All-Big Ten teams and awards follows.

2003-04 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team As selected by Big Ten coaches (players names in ALL CAPS have 2004-05 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM
PAUL DAVIS, Michigan State
DEVIN HARRIS, Wisconsin*
KRIS HUMPHRIES, Minnesota
DERON WILLIAMS, Illinois
Jitim Young, Northwestern

SECOND TEAM
DEE BROWN, Illinois
CHRIS HILL, Michigan State
Kenneth Lowe, Purdue
MIKE WILKINSON, Wisconsin
BRACEY WRIGHT, Indiana

THIRD TEAM
LESTER ABRAM, Michigan
JEFF HORNER, Iowa
PIERRE PIERCE, Iowa
Velimir Radinovic, Ohio State
Bernard Robinson, Jr., Michigan

HONORABLE MENTION
JAMES AUGUSTINE, Illinois
JAN JAGLA, Penn State
ROGER POWELL, Illinois
MARSHALL STRICKLAND, Indiana
DAVID TEAGUE, Purdue
KELVIN TORBERT, Michigan St.
VEDRAN VUKUSIC, Northwestern

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
SHANNON BROWN, Michigan St.
DION HARRIS, Michigan
KRIS HUMPHRIES, Minnesota
COURTNEY SIMS, Michigan
MARLON SMITH, Penn State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DEVIN HARRIS, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: KRIS HUMPHRIES, Minnesota
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kenneth Lowe, Purdue
As selected by Big Ten media FIRST TEAM
PAUL DAVIS, Michigan State
DEVIN HARRIS, Wisconsin*
KRIS HUMPHRIES, Minnesota
DERON WILLIAMS, Illinois
Jitim Young, Northwestern

SECOND TEAM
DEE BROWN, Illinois
CHRIS HILL, Michigan State
Kenneth Lowe, Purdue
MIKE WILKINSON, Wisconsin
BRACEY WRIGHT, Indiana

THIRD TEAM
LESTER ABRAM, Michigan
JEFF HORNER, Iowa
PIERRE PIERCE, Iowa
Bernard Robinson, Jr., Michigan
KELVIN TORBERT, Michigan St.

HONORABLE MENTION
JAMES AUGUSTINE, Illinois
A.J. Moye, Indiana
ROGER POWELL, Illinois
Velimir Radinovic, Ohio State
VEDRAN VUKUSIC, Northwestern

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DEVIN HARRIS, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: KRIS HUMPHRIES, Minnesota*
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Carmody, Northwestern

* Denotes a unanimous selection
Story provided by the Big Ten Conference Office

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