Draymond Green, Tom Izzo Are Your Big Ten Player and Coach of the Year

February 25, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans assistant coach Dwayne Stephens and forward Draymond Green (23) hug in celebration of Draymond Greens 1000th rebound during the second half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Michigan State won 62-34. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

To almost no one's surprise, Draymond Green is the Big Ten Player of the Year. What was somewhat surprising (although not unexpected) was that Tom Izzo was the Big Ten Coach of the Year; John Beilein and Tom Crean both had worthy cases. Do I think Izzo should've won? Well, yes. Although the talent level was there to contend for a Big Ten title, the way it gelled was unlike few Michigan State teams I've seen in my time, and the resilience they showed in bouncing back from a year where almost everything went down the toilet, in my view, makes the award well deserved. It's only Izzo's 3rd Big Ten Coach of the Year award (also won in 1998, 2009), one would think he'd have more by now.

More MSU merits -- Green also made the All-Big Ten defensive team, and Keith Appling is All-Big Ten Third team. Branden Dawson was honorable mention all-conference for the media along with making the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Here's the list of honorees, I'll be updating this page as they're announced.

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM

Draymond Green, MSU
John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, OSU
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin (coaches only)
Tim Frazier, Penn State (media only)

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, OSU
DeShaun Thomas, OSU (coaches) Matt Gatens, Iowa (media)
Tim Frazier (coaches), Jordan Taylor (media)

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

Keith Appling, MSU
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Matt Gatens (coaches), DeShaun Thomas (media)
Brandon Paul, Illinois (coaches), Aaron Craft, OSU (media)

CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR: Trey Burke (media), Cody Zeller (coaches)

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM

Trey Burke
Cody Zeller
Branden Dawson, MSU
Aaron White, Iowa
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Craft

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM

Aaron Craft
Draymond Green
Tim Frazier
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: D.J. Byrd, Purdue

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