Valentine, LeVert earn preseason All-Big Ten honors

The Detroit News

Two seniors, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Michigan’s Caris LeVert were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team Wednesday.

Valentine, a 6-foot-5 guard, was a unanimous selection. He averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season. LeVert, a 6-5 guard, was named to the team for the second straight season. He averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists before missing the final 14 games after undergoing surgery on his left foot.

Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble was named preseason player of the year by a vote of conference media.

Michigan State also had two players on the women’s All-Big Ten preseason teams. Six-foot junior forward Aerial Powers was on both teams selected by the coaches and the media, while 5-8 junior guard Tori Jankoska was named to the media first team.

The Spartans are picked third in the preseason Big Ten poll.

Preseason All-Big Ten Team (men)

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

Jake Layman, Maryland

* Melo Trimble, Maryland (preseason player of the year)

Caris LeVert, Michigan

* Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

* A.J. Hammons, Purdue

* Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

* — unanimous selection

Women’s preseason All-Big Ten Team (coaches)

Ally Disterhoft, Jr., G, Iowa

Brionna Jones, Jr., C, Maryland

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Jr., G, Maryland

Aerial Powers, Jr., F, Michigan State

Rachel Banham, Sr., G, Minnesota

Rachel Theriot, Sr., G, Nebraska

* Nia Coffey, Jr., F, Northwestern

Ameryst Alston, Sr., G, Ohio State

* Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, Ohio State (preseason player of the year)

Kahleah Copper, Sr., F/G, Rutgers

* — unanimous selection

Women’s preseason All-Big Ten Team (media)

Brionna Jones, Jr., C, Maryland

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Jr., G, Maryland

Tori Jankoska, Jr., G, Michigan State

Aerial Powers, Jr., F, Michigan State

Rachel Banham, Sr., G, Minnesota

Rachel Theriot, Sr., G, Nebraska

Nia Coffey, Jr., F, Northwestern

Ameryst Alston, Sr., G, Ohio State

* Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, Ohio State

Kahleah Copper, Sr., F/G, Rutgers

* — unanimous selection