IOWA CITY — Senior Matt Gatens became the first Iowa player in four seasons to earn recognition on one of the Big Ten's top three squads Monday.
Gatens, a 6-foot-5 guard from Iowa City, was named second-team by media and third team by league coaches. Gatens was the first player to gain a spot on one of the Big Ten's top teams since Tony Freeman was a third-team selection in 2008. Adam Haluska was the last Hawkeye to earn first-team honors.
Gatens averaged 15.7 points a game this year for Iowa and helped the Hawkeyes their first winning regular season since 2007. At one point Gatens had drilled 12 consecutive 3-point attempts and made 84.6 percent of his free-throw attempts.
"To me, it doesn't really matter what I say or what anybody says, it matters what he has done, and he has consistently performed at a level that I think makes him a first-team all-Big Ten player," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said Friday.
Iowa freshman Aaron White was named to the Big Ten's all-freshman team, the fourth consecutive year a Hawkeye was named to the squad. White averaged 10.4 points, a team-high 5.4 rebounds and added 27 assists, 26 steals and 21 blocks this season. White, a 6-foot-8 freshman from Strongsville, Ohio, started 10 games for Iowa.
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The league coaches named Indiana’s Cody Zeller Freshman of the Year, while the media panel selected Michigan’s Trey Burke. White, Zeller and Burke are joined on the all-freshman team by Northwestern’s Dave Sobolewski and Branden Dawson of Michigan State. Zeller and Burke were unanimous selections.
Michigan State’s Draymond Green was selected by the coaches and media as Player of the Year. The coaches and media both named Michigan State’s Tim Izzo as Coach of the Year.
Conference coaches selected Ohio State’s Aaron Craft as Defensive Player of the Year and D.J. Byrd of Purdue as Sixth Man of the Year.
The coaches and media each had Michigan State’s Draymond Green (unanimous by both), Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, Northwestern’s John Shurna and Robbie Hummel of Purdue on their respective first teams. The fifth player on the coaches five-member first team was Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, while the media had Penn State’s Tim Frazier.
Both second teams featured Michigan’s Trey Burke, Cody Zeller of Indiana and Ohio State’s William Buford. Frazier and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas were second team choices by the coaches, while Gatens and Taylor were on the media’s second team.
The coaches’ third team consisted of Illinois’ Brandon Paul, Tim Hardaway, Jr. of Michigan, Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, Keith Appling of Michigan State and Gatens. In addition to Appling, Crawford and Hardaway, Jr., Ohio State’s Thomas and Craft were recognized by the media.The coaches’ all-defensive team featured Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier of Penn State and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser.