Walton on All-B1G Second Team; Two Earn Honorable Mention

March 6, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball senior Derrick Walton Jr. highlights a trio of Wolverines honored today (Monday, March 6) with his All-Big Ten second team selection by the Big Ten coaches and media. Sophomore Moritz Wagner earned honorable mention from both groups, while senior Zak Irvin earned honorable mention in the media voting as well as the Big Ten's Sportsmanship Award for U-M.

Walton, who was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, is averaging 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his final season with the Wolverines. He has produced 24 double-figure scoring games, including nine games with 20-plus points.

This season he became the first Wolverine to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career (1,333P-526R-449A). He became just the fourth guard in U-M history to surpass 500 rebounds and 43rd overall Wolverine to reach the 500 pleateau. He is nearing U-M's all-time top five for career assists and recently broke U-M legend Gary Grant's 30-year record for most assists in a game with 16 at Nebraska (March 5). With a team-best 139 assists he became just the sixth Wolverine to post three seasons of 100-plus dimes during a career.

U-M's dual threat on the inside and outside, Wagner continues to blossom in his second season, averaging 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. He is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from long range as he has amassed the third most three-pointers (41) on the team. Take away the triples and Wagner is shooting 66.0 percent from the floor. This season, he has 21 double-figure scoring games with four 20-plus games including a career-best 24 points in the upset win over No. 14 Purdue (Feb. 25). He finished that game 10-for-15 and had 22 points in the first half.

Irvin, who is closing in on the No. 2 spot for career games played (135), receives honorable mention for the second straight year. Averaging 12.6 points per game, he is the 21st Wolverine to surpass 1,500 career points (1,505). With 41 three-pointers this season, he is closing in on the No. 3 spot on U-M's all-time triples list (228). This season, he has a team-best 24 games scoring in double figures and has added 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

The Wolverine trio has led the Maize and Blue to a 20-11 overall record, helping U-M post the 28th 20-win season in program history and seventh in the 10-year tenure of U-M head coach John Beilein. With a 10-8 conference record, the Wolverines earned the No. 8 seed for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C. U-M will open with No. 9 seed Illinois in the second round at noon Thursday (March 9) inside the Verizon Center.

2016-17 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards
(UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS)

COACHES SELECTIONS

FIRST TEAM
Peter Jok, Iowa
MELO TRIMBLE, Maryland
Nate Mason, Minnesota
CALEB SWANIGAN, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Malcolm Hill, Illinois
Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM#
Thomas Bryant, Indiana
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
Tai Webster, Nebraska
Scottie Lindsey, Northwestern
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Jae'Sean Tate, Ohio State
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Isaac Haas, Purdue
Dakota Mathias, Purdue
Corey Sanders, Rutgers

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
Tyler Cook, Iowa
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Amir Coffey, Minnesota
Tony Carr, Penn State

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Reggie Lynch, Minnesota
Vic Law, Northwestern
Dakota Mathias, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Zak Showalter, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CALEB SWANIGAN, Purdue
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Reggie Lynch, Minnesota
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Miles Bridges, Michigan State
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Nicholas Baer, Iowa
COACH OF THE YEAR: Richard Pitino, Minnesota

MEDIA SELECTIONS

FIRST TEAM
Peter Jok, Iowa
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Nate Mason, Minnesota
CALEB SWANIGAN, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Malcolm Hill, Illinois
Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Tai Webster, Nebraska
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern

THIRD TEAM
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
Thomas Bryant, Indiana
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION
Zak Irvin, Michigan
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Scottie Lindsey, Northwestern
Jae'Sean Tate, Ohio State
Trevor Thompson, Ohio State
Tony Carr, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue
Isaac Haas, Purdue
Corey Sanders, Rutgers

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Miles Bridges, Michigan State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Richard Pitino, Minnesota

Sportsmanship Honorees
Malcolm Hill, Illinois
Collin Hartman, Indiana
Nicholas Baer, Iowa
Damonte Dodd, Maryland
Zak Irvin, Michigan
Eron Harris, Michigan State
Bakary Konaté, Minnesota
Jordy Tshimanga, Nebraska
Sanjay Lumpkin, Northwestern
C.J. Jackson, Ohio State
Payton Banks, Penn State
Jon McKeeman, Purdue
Mike Williams, Rutgers
Vitto Brown, Wisconsin

Communications Contact: Tom Wywrot


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