Mbakwe earns second-team All-Big Ten honors

Junior forward Trevor Mbakwe was the only Gophers player to be named All-Big Ten by coaches and media; Blake Hoffarber was named honorable mention by the media.

by Josh Katzenstein

After leading the league in rebounding in his first season with the Gophers, junior forward Trevor Mbakwe earned a spot on the All-Big Ten second team from both coaches and the media, the conference announced Monday night.

Mbakwe, who also led the conference with 18 double-doubles, averaged 10.5 rebounds per game and finished second in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 58.6 percent. He led Minnesota in scoring with 13.7 points per game and was sixth in the conference with 1.4 blocks per contest.

Senior guard Blake Hoffarber was one of 11 players given an honorable mention by the media, but he didnâÄôt receive the same honor from the Big Ten coaches, who handed out only six honorable mentions. Hoffarber, also the teamâÄôs sportsmanship award recipient, averaged 13.7 points per game âÄî though he scored two fewer points than Mbakwe on the year âÄî along with 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

PurdueâÄôs JaJuan Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the media and coaches after leading the league in scoring (20.5 points per game) and blocked shots. Johnson added 8.1 rebounds per game for the Boilermakers (25-6, 14-4 Big Ten), who finished second in the conference behind No. 1 Ohio State (29-2, 16-2).