Several Hoosiers Earn B1G Postseason Honors, Highlighted by Oladipo and Sheehey
March 11, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's basketball junior guard Victor Oladipo was named the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and junior forward Will Sheehey was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches, highlighting several postseason awards for the Big Ten Champion Hoosiers.
Sophomore center Cody Zeller joined Oladipo as First Team All-Big Ten honorees, both earning unanimous selection by the media, and Oladipo was also a unanimous pick by the coaches. Oladipo was also named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team (coaches). The coaches and media named senior forward Christian Watford a Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, while senior guard Jordan Hulls earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors from the coaches and media, and freshman guard Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell earned honorable mention honors from the media. Ferrell also earned a spot on the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team (coaches). Senior forward Derek Elston was selected as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree and is eligible for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, given to one male and one female student-athlete at the conclusion of the spring semester.
Oladipo, a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy and native of Upper Marlboro, Md., is always given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers. He has led the Big Ten in steals (2.2 spg) and is averaging 13.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game over 31 games this season. Oladipo is also shooting a Big Ten best 61.4 percent from the field, to go along with 46.4 percent from beyond the arc. He was also named a Sporting News First Team All-American.
Sheehey, a native of Stuart, Fla., is averaging 9.5 points per game off the bench, which is among the best in the Big Ten, to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He scored 10 points off the bench at Michigan on Sunday to propel the Hoosiers to the win.
Zeller, a native of Washington, Ind., and a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, leads the Hoosiers with 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the Big Ten rebounds and third in scoring. Zeller is also shooting 57.0 percent from the field, which ranks second in the league. In IU's regular season finale, Zeller registered 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-71 win at No. 7/8 Michigan, including the final six points and altering the potential game-winning shot in the final 52 seconds to secure the Hoosiers' first outright Big Ten title since 1993. He was also named a Sporting News Third Team All-American.
Watford, a native of Birmingham, Ala., is averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48.6 percent from 3, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Watford is also shooting 82.0 percent from the free throw line, ranking third in the league and ranks ninth in rebounding.
Hulls, a native of Bloomington, Ind., leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percent shooting at 48.7 percent. He is averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Ferrell, a native of Indianapolis, leads the Hoosiers with 4.3 assists per game and ranks among the top-two in single-season assists (132) by a freshman in the IU record book. He is also averaging 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
The Hoosiers, the top seed in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, open the postseason on Friday, March 15, when they take on the winner of the No. 8 Illinois/No. 9 Minnesota at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN at the United Center in Chicago. Friday's game will also air live on the IU Radio Network.
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