The Big Ten Conference on Monday announced its all-conference teams and individual award winners, as selected by the league’s coaches and a media voting panel. Maryland junior point guard Melo Trimble was an all-Big Ten first-team selection by the media and coaches, Maryland senior center Damonte Dodd was among the conference’s sportsmanship award honorees … and that was it as far as representation from the team that tied for the second-best conference record at 12-6.
On Tuesday, Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon made it clear, with a couple of tweets, that he was especially unhappy about the omission of his players from the all-freshman team, which was selected by his fellow Big Ten coaches.
I thought winning was the most important factor— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) March 7, 2017
Freshmen Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan started all 31 games for the Terrapins this season, while fellow Justin Jackson started 28 games. While no team in the Big Ten that relied so heavily on its freshmen had as much success as Maryland this season, winning generally isn’t “the most important factor” when it comes to all-conference teams. Looking primarily at statistics, it’s hard to argue with the names who made the all-freshman team.
Big Ten all-freshman team
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (9.8 ppg, 4.5 apg, 73 3pt fgm)
Tyler Cook, Iowa (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
Miles Bridges, Michigan State (16.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 apg)
Amir Coffey, Minnesota (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg)
Tony Carr, Penn State (13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.2 apg)
Maryland all-freshman snubs?
Kevin Huerter (8.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 59 3pt fgm)
Anthony Cowan (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.7 apg)
Justin Jackson (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
Who knows if Bohannon would’ve made the cut if he hadn’t made 8 of 10 three-pointers in a win over the Terps last month? Anyway, Maryland — and its freshmen — can make the voters look silly with a strong performance in the Big Ten tournament starting Friday in the quarterfinals.