June 18, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill. – Michigan State basketball player Draymond Green and Ohio State track athlete Christina Manning were named the Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athletes of the Year, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.
Green is the second Michigan State standout to win the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year honor and first since 2001, when hockey standout Ryan Miller won the award. The senior from Saginaw, Mich., completed a record-setting career for the Spartans after being named NABC Division I National Player Year and a consensus All-American in 2011-12. Green averaged 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game en route to Big Ten Player of the Year accolades, leading the Spartans to a share of the conference championship and a victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final. He amassed more than 1,000 points and rebounds in his career, only the third Michigan State player in program history to achieve the feat, and ended his career as the Spartans’ all-time leader in boards (1,096). A unanimous All-Big Ten selection, Green was also voted to the conference’s All-Defensive Team and finished the year as the only conference player to rank among the top 10 in scoring (fifth), rebounds (first) and assists (eighth). He capped his career in the NCAA Tournament, where the Spartans earned a No. 1 seed and Green joined Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only players to record two or more triple-doubles in NCAA Tournament play.
After winning two national championships this past season, Manning completed her Ohio State track career as one of the program’s most decorated athletes. The Waldorf, Md., native leaves the Buckeye program as an 11-time All-American and 10-time Big Ten Champion, while also owning school records in four individual events (60- and 200-meter dash and 60- and 100-meter hurdles) and two relays (4x100-meter and sprint medley). During the indoor campaign, Manning won the 60-meter hurdles national title with the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she won conference titles in the hurdles in meet record time and the 60-meter dash in school-record fashion. During the outdoor season, Manning placed first in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, she won the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles titles, and was part of the victorious 4x100-meter relay squad at the Big Ten Championships. She garnered Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year accolades in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Manning is the third Buckeye to win the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year award, following volleyball’s Laura Davis in 1995 and basketball’s Jessica Davenport in 2007.
The Big Ten Conference has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 when Indiana’s Jim Spivey earned the inaugural award. The following year, a women’s award was created. In 1991-92, as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women’s athletics in the conference, the women’s award was renamed in honor of former Wisconsin track standout and three-time recipient Suzy Favor.
The complete list of 2012 Jesse Owens and Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year nominations, as well as the list of all-time winners for each award, can be found on the PDF at the top of the page.