Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp, CJ Fredrick Earn All-Big Ten Honors

By RossWB on March 9, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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The Big Ten handed out postseason awards on Monday and you already know the big one: Luka Garza is officially now the Player of the Year for the 2020 season. The Big Ten also handed out honors to the Coach of the Year (Wisconsin's Greg Gard), Sixth Man of the Year (Maryland's Aaron Wiggins), Defensive Player of the Year (Xavier Tillman), and Freshman of the Year (Kofi Cockburn). And, of course, they named the All-Big Ten teams as well. Naturally, being named Player of the Year gets you a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team: 

Garza's the first Iowa player to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors since Iowa had four consecutive First Team selections from 2014-2017 (Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), Jarrod Uthoff (2016), and Peter Jok (2017)). 

No Hawkeyes made the All-Big Ten Second Team, but it's kind of unfathomable that Minnesota's Daniel Oturu only made Second Team despite being second in the conference in scoring and leading the league in rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots. It's not his fault the Gophers were lousy (and played the third-toughest schedule in college basketball)!

Iowa did have a representative on the All-Big Ten Third Team: Joe Wieskamp. 

Judged by recency bias, Wieskamp seems like a surprising inclusion, given how much he's struggled over the last month (particularly when it comes to shooting the ball). But judged over the course of the season, Wieskamp's spot makes more sense. He's ninth in the league in scoring (14.0 ppg) and 14th in the league in rebounding (6.1 rpg), while providing solid defense as well. Hopefully we can see the Wieskamp from the first 2-3 months of this season in Iowa's last few games of the season. The more of that Wieskamp we get to see, the longer Iowa's season is likely to last. 

This will probably come as a shocking surprise to you, but Iowa... did not have any players named to the All-Defensive Team. I know, I know, it's stunning. 

Finally, Iowa also got a player on the All-Freshman Team, CJ Fredrick. 

Despite missing six games due to injury, Fredrick averaged 10.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, and 2.8 apg in the 25 games he did play. He also posted some excellent shooting figures: 48.3% from the floor, 46.1% from 3-point range, and 79.5% from the free throw line. Iowa's offense definitely struggled in his absence; his ability to hit shots from deep, space the floor, and move without the ball were a key part of Iowa's offensive success this year. 

Congratulations to Garza, Wieskamp, and Fredrick for earning All-Big Ten recognition. 

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