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A trio of Nebraska basketball players were honored, as the Big Ten Conference announced its 2016 awards Monday evening. Shavon Shields and Andrew White III were named All-Big Ten, while senior Benny Parker was NU’s nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Shields earned All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career, as he was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and a third-team selection by the media. In Big Ten play, Shields averaged 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in Big Ten action, pacing the Huskers in scoring and assists in conference play. He finished eighth in the Big Ten in scoring in conference action and reached double-figures in 13 of the 14 games he appeared in. He had four games with at least 24 points, including a season-high 32 points against No. 15 Purdue and 28 points in a win over No. 11 Michigan State. Overall, Shields is averaging 16.4 points, 2.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Shields, who is ninth on NU’s career scoring list with 1,571 points, was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013-14.
White collects all-conference honors in his first season at Nebraska after transferring from Kansas. In Big Ten play, he ranked among the conference leaders in five categories, including scoring (16.1 ppg, 10th), rebounding (6.3 rpg, 12th), steals (1.2 spg, 10th), 3-pointers (2.5/gm, sixth) and free throw per-centage (76.5, 15th). He had five 20-point games in Big Ten action, including a career-high 35-point ef-fort against Penn State and a 21-point, 13-rebound effort against Illinois. On the season, he is tied for fifth in scoring at 16.5 points per game, a total which leads all Big Ten newcomers.
In addition, Benny Parker was NU’s nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Parker is a team co-captain and has been named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship team in his tenure at NU. On the court, Parker is a four-year contributor who is on NU’s top-five list for games played and is two steals shy of 10th place on NU’s career list.
The Huskers open tournament play Wednesday night against Rutgers. Tipoff time is 6 p.m. (central) and the game will be on the IMG Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN and available on BTN2Go.