March 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three members of the 10th-ranked Ohio State men's basketball team were recognized among the 2013 All-Big Ten men's basketball teams and award winners Monday, the conference office announced.
Juniors Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft each earned All-Big Ten honors, with Thomas being named to the first team by both league coaches and media (unanimous). Craft was a first-team honoree by media and named a Second Team All-Big Ten member from the coaches, in addition to being an unanimous selection to the all-defensive team. Shannon Scott also was selected to the all-defensive team the conference coaches.
"Without question the Big Ten was the top conference in the country this year," Thad Matta, ninth-year Ohio State head coach, said. "For Deshaun and Aaron to both earn First Team recognition is quite an accomplishment. It's well known that our league is predicated on defense. Both Aaron and Shannon are deserving members of the All-Defensive team."
Thomas led the Big Ten in scoring during the regular season with 19.7 points per game. He also was the league's top free throw shooter, making 84 percent (107-127) over 30 games.
Craft, who averaged 2.0 steals per game as a junior, became Ohio State's all-time steals leader in 2013 and heads into postseason play with 231 career thefts, which is tied for the No. 7 spot in Big Ten history. He was No. 2 in the league this year with 2.0 steals per game during regular season play. Craft also handed out 134 assists for an average of 4.5 a game, second overall among Big Ten players.
Scott recorded 55 steals over his sophomore season while handing out 115 assists and recording 10 blocks. He averaged 1.8 steals as a sophomore, good for third among league players.
Additionally, Sam Thompson was Ohio State's Sportsmanship Award winner.
Ohio State wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 23-7 and a 13-5 Big Ten mark to finish tied for second with Michigan State. The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed heading into the conference tournament and will face the winner of the 7 vs. 10 game between Purdue and Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday on BTN. Ohio State is 16-5 at the Big Ten tournament under Matta's direction.
The complete list of Big Ten award winners is available in the PDF linked above.
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