Evan Turner was appropriately recognized for having a standout season, in which the 6’7 point guard/forward lead the conference in scoring in points per game, rebounds per game, was second in assists and was fifth in steals. Turner was the only unanimous selection to the Big Ten first team, appearing in all the coach and media ballots. With such a spectacular season, he was a runaway selection for Big Ten Player of the Year. The Buckeyes’ first conference player of the year since Terrance Dials, Turner was the unanimous media choice.
Further, Thad Matta pleasantly surprised me by picking up his third Big Ten Coach of the Year Award. I assumed that, in a year without a spectacular coaching story within the conference, that Matt Painter of Purdue would claim that award. He actually did, taking the honor as voted by his peers. Thad Matta got the media vote.
Meanwhile, other members of the Ohio State starting five were given recognition for their play through the course of the 2009-2010 season. William Buford appeared on both the media and the coaches’ All-Big Ten Third Team. David Lighty was on the media’s All-Big Ten Third Team, but was honorable mention in the coaches’ vote. Jon Diebler was given honorable mention as well. Dallas Lauderdale also appeared on the All-Defensive Team. Lastly, Kyle Madsen was given a sportsmanship award.
All told, a very good season for the Buckeyes has resulted in the appropriate recognition for everyone involved. The Buckeye team, however, no doubt has their eyes set on bigger goals at the moment. For the meantime, congratulations are definitely in order.