Michigan’s Xavier Simpson, a Lima Senior graduate, has been named first-team all-Big Ten by The Associated Press.
The 2016 Ohio Mr. Basketball, who made the coaches’ second team and all-defensive squad, enters this week’s Big Ten tournament averaging 9.1 points, 6.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game.
“It’s a blessing to be in a position to be selected by the media and coaches,” said Simpson’s father and Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson, who coached Xavier during his junior and senior years at Lima Senior. “The hard work is steadily paying off. All the 5 a.m. workouts were done for these moments. I’m proud of my son.”
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston was named player of the year and Purdue’s Matt Painter was selected the coach of the year by The Associated Press and coaches.
Winston and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, who were unanimous coaches’ picks, and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP’s team.
Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was named newcomer of the year by the AP and freshman of the year by the coaches.
Joining Simpson, Winston, Edwards and Happ on the AP team was Maryland’s Bruno Fernando, who was also on the coaches’ first team along with Penn State’s Lamar Stevens.
Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson received honorable mention honors from the coaches, who also bestowed the Buckeyes’ Joey Lane with sportsmanship award honors