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Keita Bates-Diop leads way in Big Ten all-conference selections

Ohio State junior forward broke out to nearly lead the Buckeyes from no NCAA tournament to a Big Ten title, now he leads the all-B1G picks.

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As the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament heads to perhaps its most controversial location and timing ever, the conference announced the coaches and media picks for all-conference selections on Monday.

Only two players were unanimous picks, and they were the same on both the coaches and media ballots. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop, who was also the pick of both polls as the Big Ten Player of the Year, and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges were the two unanimous picks.

Joining Bates-Diop and Bridges on the Coaches first-team were Tony Carr (Penn State), Carsen Edwards (Purdue) and James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska). Ethan Happ, a first-team selection last season was named to the Coaches second team, but was a first team selection by the media this season as well.

As for the Coach of the Year award, this one seemed easy to call, as Chris Holtmann was named the pick for both the coaches and the media. He led a resurgent Buckeyes program from not making the NCAA tournament to nearly winning the Big Ten regular season crown in his first year with the program.

Regular season conference champions, Michigan State, were well-represented on both teams. Freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was named the Freshman of the Year, while also joining Cassius Winston on the third team for both the coaches and media. Nick Ward was a third team pick for the media and honorable mention for the coaches.

Here’s a look at all the picks form the coaches and media:

Big Ten Coaches Picks:

FIRST TEAM
MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE
Tony Carr, Penn State
Carsen Edwards, Purdue

SECOND TEAM
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
Isaac Haas, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION
Leron Black, Illinois
Robert Johnson, Indiana
Tyler Cook, Iowa
Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Nate Mason, Minnesota
Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska
Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Bruno Fernando, Maryland
JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE
Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State
Brad Davison, Wisconsin

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
JAREN JACKSON JR., MICHIGAN STATE
Josh Reaves, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:  
Duncan Robinson, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR:  
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Big Ten Media Picks:

FIRST TEAM
MILES BRIDGES, MICHIGAN STATE
KEITA BATES-DIOP, OHIO STATE
Tony Carr, Penn State
Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
Vincent Edwards, Purdue

THIRD TEAM
Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Nick Ward, Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Isaac Haas, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION
Leron Black, Illinois
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
Tyler Cook, Iowa
Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan
Nate Mason, Minnesota
Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
Dererk Pardon, Northwestern
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

COACH OF THE YEAR:  
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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