Harris, Sims Garner All-Big Ten Conference Honors
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./ Redford HS) and junior DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) were honored today (Monday, March 9) with All-Big Ten Conference honors. Harris was named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the conference coaches and media, while Sims garnered second team honors from the media and third team recognition from the coaches.

Harris, who was an All-Big Ten preseason team member, is the only player in the conference to be ranked among the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. Harris closed the regular season second in the league in scoring (17.1), fourth in rebounding (7.0) and sixth in assists (4.3). This season, Harris became the sixth sophomore in U-M history to reach 1,000 career points when he surpassed the mark against Purdue (Feb. 26). He currently has 1,045 career points to rank 38th all-time in Michigan history. Harris has yet to miss a start in two seasons, starting 63 consecutive games for the Maize and Blue. Last season, Harris was named to the All-Big Ten second team by both the coaches and media and was also selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Sims finished the regular season fourth in the conference in scoring with a career-best 15.3 points per game. He was also third in the league in rebounding (7.1). He has reached double figures in scoring a team-high 27 times this season and has recorded five double-doubles, including a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 22 -- U-M's first 20/20 game in 31 seasons. Sims currently has 983 career points, just 17 shy of becoming the 44th Wolverine to reach the century mark. Last season, Sims garnered All-Big Ten honorable mention.

The No. 7-seeded Wolverines will open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 10 seeded Iowa on Thursday (March 12) at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2. If the Wolverines defeat the Hawkeyes, U-M will face No. 2 seed Illinois at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (March 13) on the Big Ten Network.


2008-09 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards

Coaches Selections

FIRST TEAM
Manny Harris, Michigan
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State*
Evan Turner, Ohio State*
Talor Battle, Penn State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

SECOND TEAM
Mike Davis, Illinois
Goran Suton, Michigan State
Kevin Coble, Northwestern
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM
DeShawn Sims, Michigan
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Craig Moore, Northwestern
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION
Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Jake Kelly, Iowa
Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
William Buford, Ohio State
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Stanley Pringle, Penn State
Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Matt Gatens, Iowa
Delvon Roe, Michigan State
William Buford, Ohio State
B.J. Mullens, Ohio State
Lewis Jackson, Purdue

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Chester Frazier, Illinois
Travis Walton, Michigan State
Damian Johnson, Minnesota
Chris Kramer, Purdue
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Travis Walton, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
William Buford, Ohio State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
B.J. Mullens, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Media Selections

FIRST TEAM
Manny Harris, Michigan
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Evan Turner, Ohio State*
Talor Battle, Penn State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

SECOND TEAM
DeShawn Sims, Michigan
Goran Suton, Michigan State
Kevin Coble, Northwestern
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue

THIRD TEAM
Mike Davis, Illinois
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Craig Moore, Northwestern
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION
Chester Frazier, Illinois
Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Jake Kelly, Iowa
Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
Travis Walton, Michigan State
Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Stanley Pringle, Penn State
Chris Kramer, Purdue
Trvon Hughes, Wisconsin
Joe Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
William Buford, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ed Dechellis, Penn State

* unanimous selection


BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP HONOREES
Trent Meacham, Illinois
Kyle Taber, Indiana
Devan Bawinkel, Iowa
C.J. Lee, Michigan
Idong Ibok, Michigan State
Jamal Abu-Shamala, Minnesota
Patrick Houlihan, Northwestern
Jon Diebler, Ohio State;
Drew Jones, Penn State
Bobby Riddell, Purdue
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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