Harris, Brown Chosen for Big Ten Postseason Awards
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Sophomore guard Dion Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention today (Tuesday, March 8) by the Big Ten coaches and the media, while junior Graham Brown(Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS) was among the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees.
With injuries to the Wolverines perimeter limiting the bench, Harris balanced an altered role of playing both the point and the off-guard in his second season. Playing in all 30 games with 29 starts, he is averaging a career-high 14.2 points a game, with career highs in rebounds (2.8), assists (3.5) and steals (1.1). While playing 36.4 minutes per game, he scored in double figures in 23 of 30 games and had seven games with 20 or more points, including four of his last seven.
After missing nine games to injury this season, Brown, who was one of three captains for the Wolverines, continued to show his solid play for the Wolverines in his third season, averaging 5.7 points and a career-high 5.3 rebounds. He is shooting 56.5 percent from the field and a career-best 66.7 percent from the free throw line. He recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Penn State (Jan. 15, 2005).
The Wolverines (13-17, 4-12 Big Ten) will open the 2005 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago as the No. 9 seed and face No. 8 seed Northwestern in the first round Thursday (March 10) at 11 a.m. CST on ESPN. The winner will go on to face No. 1 seed Illinois in the second round Friday (March 11) at 11 a.m. CST on ESPN.
2004-05 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards
FIRST TEAM Dee Brown, Illinois* Luther Head, Illinois Deron Williams, Illinois Vincent Grier, Minnesota Mike Wilkerson, Wisconsin*
SECOND TEAM Greg Brunner, Iowa Bracey Wright, Indiana Maurice Ager, Michigan State Terrence Dials, Ohio State Carl Landry, Purdue
THIRD TEAM James Augustine, Illinois Alan Anderson, Michigan State Paul Davis, Michigan State Vedran Vukusic, Northwestern Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
HONORABLE MENTION Dion Harris, Michigan Roger Powell, Jr., Illinois D.J. White, Indiana Adam Haluska, Iowa Jeff Horner, Iowa Shannon Brown, Michigan State Jeff Hagen, Minnesota
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Robert Vaden, Indiana D.J. White, Indiana Drew Netizel, Michigan State Dan Coleman, Minnesota Geary Claxton, Penn State
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dee Brown, Illinois
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR D.J. White, Indiana
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dee Brown, Illinois
BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP HONOREES Graham Brown, Michigan Roger Powell Jr., Illinois Mike Roberts, Indiana Greg Brunner, Iowa Chris Hill, Michigan State Brent Lawson, Minnesota Davor Duvancic, Northwestern Matt Marinkchick, Ohio State Kevin Fellows, Penn State Andrew Ford, Purdue Mike Wilkerson, Wisconsin
* unanimous selection
FIRST TEAM Dee Brown, Illinois Luther Head, Illinois Deron Williams, Illinois Bracey Wright, Indiana Mike Wilkerson, Wisconsin
SECOND TEAM Greg Brunner, Iowa Alan Anderson, Michigan State Vincent Grier, Minnesota Terrence Dials, Ohio State Carl Landry, Purdue
THIRD TEAM James Augustine, Illinois Maurice Ager, Michigan State Paul Davis, Michigan State Vedran Vukusic, Northwestern Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
HONORABLE MENTION Dion Harris, Michigan Roger Powell Jr., Illinois D.J. White, Indiana Adam Haluska, Iowa Jeff Horner, Iowa Jeff Hagen, Minnesota Aaron Johnson, Penn State