The Big Ten honored its best Monday afternoon.
The conference announced its slate of end-of-season awards a day after the regular season came to an end, headlined by Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan winning Big Ten Player of the Year honors.
Swanigan — who leads the league in rebounding and ranks second in scoring — was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team, joined by Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, Iowa's Peter Jok, Minnesota's Nate Mason and Maryland's Melo Trimble.
Jok is the conference's leading scorer, the only person averaging more points than Swanigan's 18.7 per game with an eye-popping 20.2 points per game on the season. The Iowa senior also ranks fourth in the conference with 75 made 3-pointers.
Trimble, Mason and Happ also rank in the top 15 in the league in scoring. Trimble averages 16.9 points per game to go along with 3.7 assists per game. Mason, the leading scorer for the resurgent Golden Gophers, averages 15.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per game. And Happ, the Badgers' big man, averages 13.9 points per game while also ranking just behind Swanigan's 12.6 rebounds a game with nine rebounds a game. Happ is also the league leader in steals with 62 takeaways on the season.
The Big Ten announced its other all-league teams, too. The All-Big Ten Second Team consisted of Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Illinois' Malcolm Hill, Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig and Nebraska's Tai Webster. The All-Big Ten Third Team consisted of Indiana's Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr., Minnesota's Jordan Murphy, Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes and Purdue's Vincent Edwards.
Bridges was also the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Bridges ranks in the top 10 in the league in scoring with 16.6 points per game, in the top five in the league in rebounding with 8.3 boards a game and in the top five in the league in blocked shots with 1.6 of them a game.
Bridges led the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, joined by Penn State's Tony Carr, Minnesota's Amir Coffey and the Iowa duo of Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook.
The conference's Defensive Player of the Year was Minnesota's Reggie Lynch, who is a shot-blocking machine for the Gophers. He's swatted a total of 106 shots this season, good for second in the entire country.
Lynch was joined on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by Happ, Happ's Wisconsin teammate Zak Showalter, Northwestern's Vic Law and Purdue's Dakota Mathias.
Minnesota's Richard Pitino took home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, while Iowa's Nicholas Baer was the conference's sixth man of the year.