MSU’s Valentine is AP Big Ten player of the year

Associated Press
Denzel Valentine

Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is the Associated Press Big Ten player of the year and one of three unanimous choices for the all-conference first team.

Indiana guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff also were named to the first team on every ballot in voting by media members who cover the Big Ten. The other first-team picks are Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes and Purdue center A.J. Hammons.

Valentine finished the regular season first in the conference in scoring and assists and as the top rebounding guard.

Valentine's teammates, guard Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello, were named to the second team.

Indiana’s Tom Crean is coach of the year, Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone is newcomer of the year, and Hammons edged out teammate Raphael Davis for defensive player of the year.



F—Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa, Sr., 6-9, 221, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

F—Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, Jr., 6-8, 240, Toledo

C—A.J. Hammons, Purdue, Sr., 7-0, 250, Carmel, Ind.

G—Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Indiana, Sr., 6-0, 180, Indianapolis

G—Denzel Valentine, Michigan State, Sr., 6-5, 220, Lansing

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F—Peter Jok, Iowa, Jr., 6-6, 205, West Des Moines, Iowa

F—Matt Costello, Michigan State, Sr., 6-9, 245, Linwood, Mich.

G—Melo Trimble, Maryland, So., 6-3, 185, Upper Marlboro, Md.

G—Malcolm Hill, Illinois, Jr., 6-6, 220, Fairview Heights, Ill.

G—Bryn Forbes, Michigan State, Sr., 6-3, 190, Lansing

Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Defensive Player of the Year: A.J. Hammons, Purdue

Newcomer of the Year: Diamond Stone, Maryland, Fr., 6-11, 255, Milwaukee

Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana