Jalen Smith, Anthony Cowan Jr. and Aaron Wiggins were recognized with All-Big Ten honors for their performance throughout the 2019-20 season. The Maryland Terrapins were the only team with two First Team honorees.
The Big Ten coaches named Smith and Cowan to the league's First Team, with Smith also being named to the All-Defensive Team. The Big Ten media selected Smith to the First Team but opted for Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu instead of the Maryland point guard. As a result, Cowan was named to the Second Team by the media. This is the first Maryland duo to be First-Team selections since Melo Trimble and Dez Wells in 2015.
Smith was one of three players in the Big Ten to average a double-double throughout the season with 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. His 13 double-doubles on the season are the third-best in the NCAA. The offense heavily relied on Smith's ability to score or draw attention in the paint. His defensive nod is for his 73 blocks (2.4 per game), which ranked second in the conference.
Iowa's Luka Garza was unveiled as the Big Ten Player of the Year. There had been much discussion throughout the season on the honor being contested by Smith, but Garza's run down the stretch solidified the award in his favor.
Cowan's split decision for the First Team is the first time he has received the honor. As a sophomore, he was named to the Third Team in 2018 and the Second Team as a junior in 2019. At 16.3 points a contest, Cowan led the way for the Terrapins.
Wiggins, the Terps' starter turned top-bench option, was named the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year. The sophomore started the first 16 games on the season before Mark Turgeon moved the 3-pointer shooter to the second unit. This marked the first time that a Terrapin has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in the Big Ten.
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