Badgers Tucker Big Ten Player of Year

Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker has been named the consensus Big Ten Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and media, the conference office announced Tuesday. Tucker is the sixth Badger to win the award and first since Devin Harris won POY honors in 2004.

This marks the sixth consecutive season that UW has had a consensus first-team all-league choice. That’s the longest active streak in the conference.

“I’m extremely proud of Alando and all that he has done for the University of Wisconsin during his career,” said UW head coach Bo Ryan. “Being honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year is the icing on the cake for what has been an outstanding five years. It is nice to see that his hard work has culminated in such a prestigious individual honor.”

Tucker was the only unanimous first-team selection by both the coaches and the media. It’s the second straight year he’s been named first-team All-Big Ten, making him the fifth Badger since 1948 to receive multiple first-team selections. He was a third-team selection in 2005.

Kammron Taylor, Michael Flowers and Brian Butch were also honored by the league. Taylor was a second-team selection on both lists. Flowers made the coaches’ all-defensive team and was an honorable mention pick by the media. Butch earned honorable mention honors from the coaches.

“Kam, Brian and Michael are also very well-deserving of their honors,” said Ryan. “It is a tribute to the program as well as their personal achievements that they were recognized. They have each played a large role in our success as a team this season.”

Tucker was joined on the first team by fellow consensus choices Adam Haluska (Iowa), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State) and Greg Oden (Ohio State). Purdue’s Carl Landry was a first-team choice by the coaches while Mike Conley Jr., of Ohio State was named first team by the media.

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta was named the league’s Coach of the Year while Oden earned Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. OSU’s Daequan Cook was tabbed Sixth Man of the Year.

Tucker was the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer at 19.7 points per game in conference play. He was the league’s eighth leading rebounder (6.1 rpg.) and shot 45.2 percent from the floor. Tucker was also named Wisconsin’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

Taylor has been the Badgers’ second-leading scorer all season. He averaged 12.5 points per game in league play, good for 17th in the conference. He was the Badgers’ leading 3-point shooter, averaging nearly two treys per game, and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Flowers finished third in the Big Ten in steals (27) and led the Badgers with 44 assists. In addition to his defensive assignments, Flowers was UW’s third-leading scorer in Big Ten play, averaging 7.4 points per game. His 2.21 assist-to-turnover ratio during the regular season ranked fourth in the Big Ten.

Butch did most of his work during the non-conference season, where he averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He finished 11th in the Big Ten in rebounding at 5.9 per game and shot 47.5 percent from the floor this season.

UW has set school records for wins in a season (27) and wins in Big Ten play (13). The Badgers were 19-0 at home and earned the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking. Wisconsin finished second in the league standings and is the No. 2 seed in this week’s Big Ten tournament in Chicago.