Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp Earn All-Big Ten Honors

By RossWB on March 12, 2019 at 9:42 am
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With the 2019 regular season (mercifully) put to bed, the Big Ten got down to the business of handing out awards and all-conference honors for men's basketball yesterday. Michigan State's Cassius Winston was named B1G Player of the Year, Purdue's Matt Painter was named B1G Coach of the Year and the expected names were front and center on the All-Big Ten First Team (Winston, Carsen Edwards, Ethan Happ). 

Iowa was not ignored by the conference coaches and media when it came to all-conference honors, either. Tyler Cook earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors from the Big Ten media, while he and Jordan Bohannon were both  named All-Big Ten Third Team by the coaches. 

As Iowa fans, our view of the team is probably warped by recency bias and our intense frustration with the team's struggles over the last 2-4 weeks. It's been hard to watch Iowa over the past few weeks and think that anyone in black and gold might deserve all-conference honors. But the all-conference teams reward a season-long body of work, not necessarily what you've done lately. 

Tyler Cook narrowly missed out on finishing in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding; his 15.0 ppg were 11th best in the league, while his 8.1 rpg ranked 7th best. His 53.4% field goal percentage also ranked 9th best in the conference and if you're a front court player posting numbers like that for a team that, despite the scuffed finish, is still 21-10 overall and finished sixth in the Big Ten, you're going to get all-conference consideration. And that recognition is deserved! Cook and the rest of the Iowa team did not end the season well and there's no denying that; but he still had a strong season overall and his quality play earlier in the campaign is a big reason why Iowa is even in a position to play meaningful basketball in March. 

Jordan Bohannon didn't finish among the league's Top 15 in 3FG% this year; in fact, his 38.8% percent shooting from beyond the arc is the worst of his three years at Iowa (he made 43% last year and 41.6% in 2017), though he made 40% of his 3s in Big Ten play (12th best). He made 2.4 3s per game overall (2.5 per game in Big Ten play), which ranked among the best in the league. His 3.6 assists per game in Big Ten play ranked fifth in the league and he was again the league's best free throw shooter. He also probably swayed some votes for the incredible displays of clutch shooting he displayed in February; his late-game sharpshooting carried Iowa to two wins over Indiana and capped off an improbable comeback win over Northwestern. Coming up big in the biggest moments will always turn heads. 

Finally, Joe Wieskamp was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team as well. 

Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis was named B1G Freshman of the Year. Wieskamp's numbers, like this of several other Iowa players, tailed off a bit over the last few weeks -- although he was a bright spot against Nebraska (14 points on 4/10 shooting) and one of the only players worth a damn on offense against Ohio State (17 points on 5/6 shooting). Overall Wieskamp averaged 11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 1.1 apg as a true freshman. His 43.1% 3FG% ranked 3rd best in the Big Ten (though it dipped slightly 41.8% in Big Ten play) and he flashed plenty of potential this season. A spot on the All-Freshman team seems thoroughly deserved; hopefully he continues to develop and improve and winds up on other All-Big Ten teams as his career progresses. 

Congratulations to Cook, Bohannon, and Wieskamp on the All-Big Ten honors. 

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