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Penn State men’s basketball: Newbill lone Nittany Lion honored among Big Ten awards

Penn State’s D.J. Newbill, left, was named to the All-Big Ten second team on Monday by the conference.
Penn State’s D.J. Newbill, left, was named to the All-Big Ten second team on Monday by the conference. AP photo

Penn State’s D.J. Newbill led the Big Ten in scoring by 1.5 points per game more than the runner-up.

But according to the conference’s coaches and media, that wasn’t good enough to be designated as one of the league’s top five players.

For the second consecutive season, Newbill was selected to the All-Big Ten second team, which was announced Monday.

The coaches and media agreed on four of the first team members, including Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, who was named to the Big Ten Player of the Year on both ballots. Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, the Freshman of the Year, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Iowa’s Aaron White also made both teams. Maryland teammates Dez Wells (coaches) and Melo Trimble (media) split on the first team.

Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan (coaches) and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon (media) split the Coach of the Year Award. The coaches also named Purdue’s Raphael Davis the Defensive Player of the Year and Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni the Sixth Player of the Year.

Newbill led the Big Ten and was seventh nationally in scoring with a 20.7 average. He was the only player from one of the Big 5 power conferences in the Top 15. He led the league in minutes played (37.0). He was also 11th in the conference in assists (3.2) and 13th in free thow percentage (75.8), steals (1.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).

Newbill was the only Penn State player to make any of the postseason teams.

Kaminsky was the only unanimous selection on both teams. Considered a national player of the year candidate, Kaminsky was third in the conference in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (8.1), fourth in field goal percentage (55.9), sixth in blocked shots (1.6) and ninth in 3-point percentage (41.0). He led the Badgers to the regular-season title and top seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which tips off Wednesday.

Russell finished second to Newbill with a 19.2 scoring average. He also averaged 5.2 assists and led the league in 3-pointers made (2.7) per game.

Joining Newbill on both second teams was Michigan State’s Branden Dawson, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. Trimble (coaches) and Wells (media) were the other selections.

Ryan led the Badgers to a 28-3 mark overall and a 16-2 league record. In their first year in the league, the Terrapins went 26-5 overall and 14-4 in the Big Ten under Turgeon.

The coaches also selected two more all-league teams.

Joining Russell on the all-freshman team was Trimble, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr, Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh and Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate.

Davis was joined on the all-defensive team by Dawson, Hammond, Illinois’ Nnanna Egwu and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser.

Nittany Lion recruit reconsiders

Penn State lost its lone commitment in the Class of 2016 over the weekend.

Joe Hampton, who verbally committed to the Nittany Lions in August, announced Saturday on Twitter that he has reopened his recruiting process.

“Officially de-committed from Penn State University,” Hampton tweeted. “Opened my recruitment! Nothing against PSU coaching staff or family”

Hampton, a 6-foot-7 power forward at Oak Hill Academy, is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals. Hampton and Penn State signee Josh Reaves helped Oak Hill finish the regular season 45-0.

Hampton tweeted on Sunday that he received an offer from Virginia Tech. Hampton also has offers from DePaul and Xavier, according to Rivals.

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