Carr makes preseason All-Big Ten team

Carr joins Robbins in receiving a prestigious preseason accolade.

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Kamaan Richards

Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

Gophers’ men’s basketball guard Marcus Carr was named to the 2020-21 preseason All-Big Ten team on Monday. Following the early end to last season, Carr was named to the All-Big Ten third-team.

From freshman to sophomore year, Carr made significant progress in his game. Without Amir Coffey being the face of the back court, Carr needed to step up. He increased his points, assists and rebounds per game while playing about eight more minutes a game.

Carr looked a lot more confident with the ball last season and will again be a big contributor just about every possession. Last season he ranked second in the conference and ninth in the nation for assists per game with 6.7.

The Gophers’ had no player on the preseason team going into last season, and Carr is the first Gopher since Jordan Murphy in 2018-19. The last time a guard was named to the preseason team was back in 2017-18 when both Nate Mason and Coffey were named to the list.

Carr is joined on the list by some notable names in the Big Ten. Others on the team are Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu, Michigan State’s Aaron Henry, Iowa’s Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp, Trayce Jackson-Davis of Indiana, Purdue’s Trevion Williams, Rutgers’ Geo Baker and Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers.