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University of Michigan dominates Big Ten postseason basketball awards

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University of Michigan center Hunter Dickinson was selected as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, Juwan Howard was honored as Coach of the Year by the conference, and three total Wolverines earned Big Ten honors as the league released its men's basketball awards Tuesday. (WWMT/File)

University of Michigan center Hunter Dickinson was selected as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, Juwan Howard was honored as Coach of the Year by the conference, and three total Wolverines earned Big Ten honors as the league released its men's basketball awards Tuesday.

Former Kalamazoo Central star Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner were both named to the second team, while graduate student forward Austin Davis was named the Wolverines' selection for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Junior Aaron Henry was the lone representative from Michigan State University. Henry earning third team honors while also being named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive team.

Dickinson becomes Michigan's second freshman to earn a spot on the All-Big Ten first team and first since Mike McGee in 1978. He also becomes the eighth Wolverine to earn the conference's rookie of the year honor and first since Ignas Brazdeikis in 2019.

Howard was the first Michigan basketball coach to be named coach of the year since John Beilein earned the honor by the media in 2014. Howard was the fourth coach in Michigan history to receive the award, joining Johnny Orr, who won in 1974 and 1977, Bill Frieder, who won in 1985, and Beilein.

Howard led the maize and blue to an 11-0 start for a second straight season, and the Wolverines went on to a 19-3 regular-season mark with a 14-3 conference record for their first Big Ten title since 2014. Howard's 38 wins in his first two seasons make him the winningest Michigan coach through two seasons, passing his former coach, Steve Fisher (37).

After receiving All-Big Ten honorable mention last season, Livers garnered All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media. Posting 16 double-figure games with a team-high five 20 plus point games, he is averaging 13.9 points per game. Livers has made a team-high 50 three-pointers, reaching 50 plus in a season for a second time in his career. He is averaging a career-best 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and he added a pair of double-doubles -- at Purdue (22 points, 10 rebounds) and at Indiana (16 points, 10 rebounds).

A Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree a year ago, Wagner was named to the All-Big Ten second team (coaches) and third team (media) as a sophomore. With 14 double-figure games and four 20 plus point games, he is averaging 13.0 points per game with 6.3 rebounds, a team-high 30 steals and a second-best 23 blocks.

Michigan earned its second double-bye for the Big Ten Tournament and will face either No. 8 University of Maryland or No. 9 Michigan State in the March 12 quarterfinal round at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game was scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. tipoff on Big Ten Network.

2020-21 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards

(Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS)

COACHES SELECTIONS - FIRST TEAM

  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
  • AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS
  • LUKA GARZA, IOWA
  • E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue

COACHES SELECTIONS - SECOND TEAM

  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
  • Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
  • Isaiah Livers, Michigan
  • Franz Wagner, Michigan

COACHES SELECTIONS - THIRD TEAM

  • Marcus Carr, Minnesota
  • Aaron Henry, Michigan State
  • Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State
  • Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
  • D'Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin

COACHES SELECTIONS - HONORABLE MENTION

  • Trent Frazier, Illinois
  • Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
  • Eric Ayala, Maryland
  • Aaron Wiggins, Maryland
  • Geo Baker, Rutgers

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

  • Andre Curbelo, Illinois
  • Keegan Murray, Iowa
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
  • Zach Edey, Purdue
  • Jaden Ivey, Purdue

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

  • Trent Frazier, Illinois
  • Darryl Morsell, Maryland
  • Aaron Henry, Michigan State
  • Jamari Wheeler, Penn State
  • Myles Johnson, Rutgers

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luka Garza, Iowa

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Darryl Morsell, Maryland

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Andre Curbelo, Illinois

COACH OF THE YEAR: Juwan Howard, Michigan

BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES: Trent Frazier, Illinois; Aljami Durham, Indiana; CJ Frederick, Iowa; Darryl Morsell, Maryland; Austin Davis, Michigan; Joshua Langford, Michigan State; Gabe Kalscheur, Minnesota; Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Nebraska; Ryan Greer, Northwestern; Kyle Young, Ohio State; John Harrar, Penn State; Sasha Stefanovic, Purdue; Paul Mulcahy, Rutgers; Carter Higginbottom, Wisconsin.

MEDIA SELECTIONS - FIRST TEAM

  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
  • AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
  • LUKA GARZA, IOWA
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

MEDIA SELECTIONS - SECOND TEAM

  • Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
  • Isaiah Livers, Michigan
  • Marcus Carr, Minnesota
  • E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue

MEDIA SELECTIONS - THIRD TEAM

  • Franz Wagner, Michigan
  • Aaron Henry, Michigan State
  • Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State
  • Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
  • D'Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin

MEDIA SELECTIONS - HONORABLE MENTION

  • Trent Frazier, Illinois
  • Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
  • CJ Fredrick, Iowa
  • Eric Ayala, Maryland
  • Darryl Morsell, Maryland
  • Aaron Wiggins, Maryland
  • Teddy Allen, Nebraska
  • John Harrar, Penn State
  • Myreon Jones, Penn State
  • Myles Johnson, Rutgers
  • Jacob Young, Rutgers

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luka Garza, Iowa

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Juwan Howard, Michigan