Men's Basketball

Craft Named B1G Defensive Player of the Year

Aaron Craft, 2012 B1G Defensive Player of the Year
Aaron Craft, 2012 B1G Defensive Player of the Year

March 5, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four members of the 2012 Co-Big Ten Champion and No. 7-ranked Ohio State men's basketball team were recognized among the 2012 All-Big Ten men's basketball teams and award winners Monday, the conference office announced.

Sophomore Jared Sullinger was named 2012 First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. He also was selected to the first team as a freshman. Classmate Aaron Craft was named the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, said any award earned during the 2012 Big Ten season is noteworthy.

“I’m extremely proud of the recognition our student-athletes earned this year,” Matta said. “Our league proved to be the best in the country time-and-time again. Earning a spot on any of the Top 3 All-Big Ten teams is a tremendous accomplishment. William, Jared, Deshaun and Aaron represented our team throughout the year and were rewarded with a third-consecutive conference title.”

Senior William Buford was selected to both the Big Ten coaches and conference media’s second team All-Big Ten squad. The coaches selected Deshaun Thomas to the second team while the media named him a third-teamer. Craft was an honorable mention selection by the coaches.

The coaches selected Craft as a unanimous member of the 2012 Big Ten All-Defensive Team and as the conference’s 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Craft is currently No. 12 nationally in steals with 2.4 a game. He has 75 thefts this season, second most all-time in a season a Ohio State. His 148 career steals rates No. 10 all-time.

“I could not be happier for Aaron,” Matta said. “Being named the best defender in the toughest conference is remarkable. He has proven that hard work and dedication to getting better each day pays dividends.”

“I am humbled by this award,” Craft said. “It is certainly not an individual award. I play my best defense when my teammates are at their best. I know my teammates can rescue me if I get beat. It has been a blessing to achieve this accomplishment and share it with the rest of the guys on our team.”

Ohio State finished the regular season with an overall record of 25-6. The Buckeyes finished league play at 13-5 to share the regular season title with both Michigan State and Michigan.

Matta has claimed at least a share of five Big Ten regular season titles in eight seasons at Ohio State. The Buckeyes enter the annual league postseason tournament on a six-game winning streak at the event. Ohio State is 14-4 at the Big Ten tournament under Matta’s direction.

 

As selected by Media Voting Panel

FIRST TEAM

DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State

John Shurna, Northwestern

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Tim Frazier, Penn State

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

 

SECOND TEAM

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Matt Gatens, Iowa

Trey Burke, Michigan

William Buford, Ohio State

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

 

THIRD TEAM

Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

Keith Appling, Michigan State

Drew Crawford, Northwestern

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Meyers Leonard, Illinois

Brandon Paul, Illinois

Jordan Hulls, Indiana

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Christian Watford, Indiana

Aaron White, Iowa

Zack Novak, Michigan

Branden Dawson, Michigan State

D.J. Byrd, Purdue

Lewis Jackson, Purdue

Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Draymond Green, Michigan State

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Trey Burke, Michigan

 

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Tom Izzo, Michigan State

 

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONSIN ALL CAPS

 

2011-12 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team

As selected by Big Ten coaches

FIRST TEAM

DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State

John Shurna, Northwestern

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

 

SECOND TEAM

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Trey Burke, Michigan

William Buford, Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Tim Frazier, Penn State

 

THIRD TEAM

Brandon Paul, Illinois

Matt Gatens, Iowa

Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

Keith Appling, Michigan State

Drew Crawford, Northwestern

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Meyers Leonard, Illinois

Christian Watford, Indiana

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Lewis Jackson, Purdue

Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

 

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

CODY ZELLER, Indiana

Aaron White, Iowa

TREY BURKE, Michigan

Branden Dawson, Michigan State

Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern

 

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Draymond Green, Michigan State

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Tim Frazier, Penn State

Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Draymond Green, Michigan State

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Cody Zeller, Indiana

 

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:

D.J. Byrd, Purdue

 

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Tom Izzo, Michigan State

 

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS

 

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Sam Maniscalco, Illinois; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Matt Gatens, Iowa; Stu Douglass, Michigan; Austin Thornton,Michigan State; Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota; Brandon Richardson, Nebraska; Nick Fruendt, Northwestern; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Billy Oliver, Penn State; Robbie Hummel, Purdue; Rob Wilson, Wisconsin.


 

 

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