Iowa's Uthoff and Jok Receive Big Ten Honors

Iowa senior Jarrod Uthoff and junior Peter Jok named to all-Big Ten teams on Monday evening.

On Monday evening, the Big Ten basketball awards were announced. The Player of the Year went to Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and the Coach of the Year award went to Tom Crean of Indiana. 

Iowa was represented on the first and second All-Big Ten teams. Jarrod Uthoff was a unanimous first-team selection by both coaches and media. He was joined on the first team by the Hoosiers' Yogi Ferrell, MSU's Denzel Valentine, A.J. Hammons of Purdue, and Nigel Hayes for Wisconsin.

Uthoff averaged 18.8 points per game during the regular season, along with 6.5 rebounds a game and nearly 3 blocks per game. He shot just under 45 percent from the field and barely under 40 percent from three-point range.

Peter Jok was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Jok was joined by Maryland's Melo Trimble, Malcolm Hill of Illinois, and the Spartans' Bryn Forbes. Matt Costello was the fifth member voted to the second team by the media while the coaches named Shavon Shields to the second team for Nebraska.

Jok was a scoring force for the Hawkeyes. He averaged 15.8 points a game on the year and just over 3 rebounds a game. He shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc and almost 43 percent from the field.

The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday night from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis where Rutgers takes on Nebraska and Minnesota faces Illinois.

Iowa earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament. They'll battle the winner of the Gophers-Illini matchup on Thursday at 1:30 CST. If the Hawkeyes come away victorious, they'll take on Purdue the following day at the same time.  

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