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Craft named Big 10 Defensive Player of Year

Craft named Big 10 Defensive Player of Year

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – A couple of Buckeyes received post-season recognition from the Big Ten, including Aaron Craft, who was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

The senior guard from Findlay set the conference record with 328 career steals and was joined on the All-Defensive Team by teammate Shannon Scott

Buckeye junior Lenzelle Smith, Jr., was one of 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees.

Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was voted the Big Ten’s Player of the Year. He led the Big Ten with 13 games of 20 or more points.

Wolverines’ head coach John Beilein was named by the media Coach of the Year, while Tim Miles of Nebraska gained the honor from his peers.

Beilein led the Wolverines (23-7) to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Under Miles, Nebraska (19-11) earned the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Stauskas was joined on the First-Team All Big Ten team by Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

Indiana’s Noah Vonleh was named Freshman of the Year and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by coaches.

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