Explanation: Green was consistently the most dominant player in the Big Ten this season. He averaged 16.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals and led Michigan State to a piece of the Big Ten title. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger was runner-up.
Coach of the Year: Indiana’s Tom Crean
Explanation: Indiana went from a 12-20 overall and 3-15 Big Ten during the 2010-2011 season to being 24-7 overall and 11-7 this season. The Hoosiers also defeated three top-5 teams. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was a close second.
Explanation: Burke was the reason Michigan earned a share of the Big Ten title. He averaged 15.8 points in Big Ten play, only once scoring less than double figures in 18 games. He also averaged 4.3 assists, which was third best in the Big Ten. Indiana’s Cody Zeller finished second.
Draymond Green's versatility and leadership have been invaluable to Michigan State.
Explanation: Hummel played some of his best ball of the season down the stretch. He scored 24 or more points in four of Purdue’s last seven games. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks during Big Ten play.
Explanation: The Wildcats are closing in on their first NCAA tournament because of Shurna. He won the Big Ten scoring title, averaging 20.0 points. He scored 20 or more points in 10 Big Ten games. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.7 blocks.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, sophomore, center
Explanation: Sullinger looked like a lock for the player of the year early in the Big Ten season, but his play dipped as the season went on. He still averaged 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Explanation: Penn State wasn’t always great, but Frazier was. He nearly led the Big Ten in scoring, assists and steals. He finished first in assists (5.6) and steals (2.4) and finished second in scoring (19.6 points).
Explanation: Taylor led the Badgers back to a top-four conference finish. He stepped up his play during the Big Ten slate after an up-and-down non-conference season. He averaged 16.3 point, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in Big Ten play.
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State, sophomore, forward
Explanation: Thomas and teammate William Buford’s numbers were very similar, but Thomas was the more consistent player. Thomas scored in double figures in 15 Big Ten games. He averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in conference play.
Cody Zeller, Indiana, freshman, center
Explanation: Zeller was the Hoosiers’ missing piece. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He also led the Big Ten with a .616 field-goal percentage.
Explanation: Appling took over Kalin Lucas’ role and helped the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title. He averaged 11.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals in Big Ten play.
Tim Hardaway Jr. , Michigan, sophomore, guard
Explanation: Hardaway Jr. had a short inconsistent stretch, but he came on strong late in the year and helped Michigan to a share of the Big Ten title. He averaged 14.1 points in the Big Ten and had two games of 25 or more points.