Indiana's White Named Big Ten Player of the Year by Coaches and Media

D.J. White was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

D.J. White was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

March 10, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's D.J. White captured the conference's highest honor as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in voting by both the coaches (unanimous) and the media. He is the sixth Hoosier to earn the award and the first since Jared Jeffries did so in 2002. In Big Ten games only, White led the conference in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and finished second in scoring (17.8 ppg). The senior forward finishes the regular season averaging a double-double, becoming the first player to do so since Minnesota's Kris Humphries in 2004. This year, White moved into 19th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,402 points and is 14th all-time at IU with 714 rebounds.

Purdue's Matt Painter was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media and his peers. In his third season at the helm, Painter guided the Boilermakers to a 24-7 record and 15-3 conference mark behind the energy of a young team--starting three freshmen and two sophomores. They placed second in the Big Ten and finished one game behind Wisconsin for the conference's best mark. Purdue's 15-3 conference record was its best since the 1995-96 season. Painter's Coach of the Year honor is the eighth in Purdue history and the first since former Boilermaker Gene Keady won his seventh award in 2000.

In other individual accolades, Indiana's Eric Gordon was named Freshman of the Year by the coaches and media, joining teammate White (2005) and former Hoosiers Jeffries (2001), A.J. Guyton (1997), Damon Bailey (1991), Eric Anderson (1989), Jay Edwards (1988) and Dean Garrett (1987) who have all been honored. Gordon led the conference in scoring all year, averaging 20.8 points in Big Ten games only. The 6-4 guard was joined by four other first-year standouts on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The five-man squad included Michigan's Manny Harris, Ohio State's Kosta Koufos and Purdue's Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore.

Purdue's Chris Kramer picked up Defensive Player of the Year laurels, the fifth defensive award for the Boilermakers and the first since Kenneth Lowe won back-to-back honors in 2003 and 2004. Kramer earns his second nod as a member of the All-Defensive Team. Michigan State's Travis Walton and Wisconsin's Michael Flowers were also honored for a second-straight year and are joined by Michigan's Ekpe Udoh and Wisconsin's Joe Krabbenhoft on this year's All-Defensive Team.

 

 

Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon, who recorded only two starts in 30 games this season, is the conference's third recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year award. The sophomore guard provided a spark off the bench for the Badgers this season, averaging 8.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in all games. Bohannon is the first Badger to earn the award.

Eleven of the 18 players named to the 2008 All-Big Ten first-, second- or third-teams have a chance to return to their teams next season. Both All-Big Ten first-team squads included Gordon, White, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin's Brian Butch. Michigan State senior Drew Neitzel was honored by the coaches, while the media named Ohio State's Jamar Butler to the top squad. White was a unanimous selection by both the coaches and media. MSU's Neitzel earned first-team laurels for the second-consecutive year.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for men's basketball are Illinois' Brian Randle, Indiana's Adam Ahlfeld, Iowa's Kurt Looby, Michigan's Ron Coleman, Michigan State's Neitzel, Minnesota's Spencer Tollackson, Northwestern's Sterling Williams, Ohio State's Jon Diebler, Penn State's Mike Walker, Purdue's Bobby Riddell and Wisconsin's Butch. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

The complete list of the All-Big Ten teams and awards follows.


2007-08 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team
As selected by Media Voting Panel
(players names in ALL CAPS have 2008-09 eligibility)
FIRST TEAM
ERIC GORDON, Indiana*
D.J. White, Indiana*
Jamar Butler, Ohio State
ROBBIE HUMMEL, Purdue
Brian Butch, Wisconsin
SECOND TEAM
MANNY HARRIS, Michigan
RAYMAR MORGAN, Michigan State
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
E'TWAUN MOORE, Purdue
Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
THIRD TEAM#
Shaun Pruitt, Illinois
ARMON BASSETT, Indiana
KOSTA KOUFOS, Ohio State
JAMELLE CORNLEY, Penn State
CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue
MARCUS LANDRY, Wisconsin
HONORABLE MENTION: JAMARCUS ELLIS, Indiana; TONY FREEMAN, Iowa; KALIN LUCAS, Michigan State; Dan Coleman, Minnesota; Lawrence McKenzie, Minnesota; KEVIN COBLE, Northwestern; CRAIG MOORE, Northwestern; KEATON GRANT, Purdue; TREVON HUGHES, Wisconsin
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: D.J. White, Indiana
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ERIC GORDON, Indiana
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Painter, Purdue
#Additional honorees due to ties
*Denotes unanimous selection
2007-08 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches
(players names in ALL CAPS have 2008-09 eligibility)
FIRST TEAM
ERIC GORDON, Indiana
D.J. White, Indiana*
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
ROBBIE HUMMEL, Purdue
Brian Butch, Wisconsin
SECOND TEAM
MANNY HARRIS, Michigan
RAYMAR MORGAN, Michigan State
Jamar Butler, Ohio State
E'TWAUN MOORE, Purdue
MARCUS LANDRY, Wisconsin
THIRD TEAM
ARMON BASSETT, Indiana
TONY FREEMAN, Iowa
Lawrence McKenzie, Minnesota
KOSTA KOUFOS, Ohio State
Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
HONORABLE MENTION: Shaun Pruitt, Illinois; DESHAWN SIMS, Michigan; KALIN LUCAS, Michigan State; Dan Coleman, Minnesota; KEVIN COBLE, Northwestern; JAMELLE CORNLEY, Penn State; KEATON GRANT, Purdue; CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue; TREVON HUGHES, Wisconsin;
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
ERIC GORDON, Indiana
MANNY HARRIS, Michigan
KOSTA KOUFOS, Ohio State
ROBBIE HUMMEL, Purdue
E'TWAUN MOORE, Purdue
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
EKPE UDOH, Michigan
TRAVIS WALTON, Michigan State
CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue
Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
JOE KRABBENHOFT, Wisconsin
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: D.J. White, Indiana*
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ERIC GORDON, Indiana
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: JASON BOHANNON, Wisconsin
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Painter, Purdue
*Denotes unanimous selection

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Brian Randle, Illinois; Adam Ahlfeld, Indiana; Kurt Looby, Iowa; Ron Coleman, Michigan; Drew Neitzel, Michigan State; Spencer Tollackson, Minnesota; Sterling Williams, Northwestern; Jon Diebler, Ohio State; Mike Walker, Penn State; Bobby Riddell, Purdue; Brian Butch, Wisconsin.