Monday, March 8, 2010
All-Big Ten 'Cats
Four NU players got awarded with honors tonight as the All-Big Ten teams from both coaches and the media were released. The highlight for NU was Drew Crawford winning Freshman of the Year from the media. Crawford really struggled at the end of the regular season, but he was big for NU in the team’s biggest wins and certainly outplayed the majority of the other Big Ten freshmen when you look at the season from start to end.
John Shurna was awarded 2nd-team All-Big Ten. In conference games Shurna actually tied for the Big Ten scoring lead at 20.1 ppg, but the truth is the Big Ten was stacked this season with great talent. There is no shame in Shurna being 2nd-team as just a sophomore.
Two other Wildcats got honors. Jeremy Nash was rightly on the Big Ten’s All-Defense team and Juice Thompson was honorable mention All-Big Ten. Perhaps what should give the greatest hope to NU fans is that three of those players, plus former All-Big honoree Kevin Coble, will be in the Wildcat lineup next season.
I’ll release my second annual Welsh-Ryan Ramblings awards after NU’s season comes an official close. I hope it takes awhile.