Vonleh, Ferrell, Sheehey Receive Big Ten Postseason Accolades
March 10, 2014
CHICAGO - Indiana's Noah Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell received second team All-Big Ten recognition from the coaches and media and Will Sheeheyearned honorable mention honors from the media in postseason awards announced by the Big Ten Conference on Monday.
Vonleh, from Haverhill, Mass., is the 10th Hoosier to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the second under head coach Tom Crean's direction (Cody Zeller- 2012). He is averaging 11.4 points and a Big Ten-best 9.1 rebounds per game this season. In Big Ten play, he connected on 60 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts (15-25) and shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent at the free throw line. In addition, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on seven occasions, which is tied for second-most in a single-season since the award started in 2010-11 season.
An Indianapolis native, Ferrell averaged 17.8 points per game in Big Ten play, ranking third among all conference players, and paced the league with 2.8 triples made per game. He also finished in the top 10 in assists per game (3.8, 7th), free throw percentage (81.9, 7th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5, 10th). The 6-foot guard connected on 86 tries from downtown this season, the second-most made 3-point field goals in a single season in IU history and became the first Hoosier since Isiah Thomas (1980-81) to register 120 or more assists in each of his first two seasons donning the Cream and Crimson.
The media voters put Sheehey on the Honorable Mention All-Big Ten list after he averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in Big Ten play, while making 45.9 percent of his shots. He scored a career-high 30 points against Iowa and reached double figures in the scoring column in eight of the final nine games. Sheehey also received the Sportsmanship Award.
Indiana, the No. 8 seed, opens the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, at 12 p.m. ET against Illinois, the No. 9 seed. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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