The Big Ten Awards were announced tonight, and the Boilers were well represented. First of all JaJuan Johnson was named the player of the year. The fact that he won surprised me almost as much as the fact they announced it first, and did not make everyone wait for it. I thought for sure the media hype surrounding Sullinger would give him the award. As usual on this blog I was wrong.
Matt Painter was named the Big Ten Coach of the year. I was reading a fan the other day talking about the terrible job Painter is doing at Purdue. This was a Purdue fan before the Iowa game! Matt Painter is the reason that I watch Purdue basketball. I watched a team that only won nine games all season, but played their rear ends off. I love the style, and was drawn in. It is nice to see him getting some recognition.
E’Twaun Moore joined Johnson on the All Conference first team as voted by the coaches. Others included Jared Sullinger, Jon Leuer, and Jordan Taylor. Both were also first team members on the media All Conference team. Johnson was the only unanimous selection. Lewis Jackson was also an honorable mention all conference player.
The awards don’t end there. JJ also won the Big Ten defensive player of the year. That is the fourth straight time a Boiler has taken this trophy home. When you see the sign in Mackey that says ‘Defense Lives Here’ they are not lying.
The Boilers took home their share of awards tonight. They have had a great season, but it is far from over. They have two tournaments to take home hardware in.