Basketball

EJ Liddell Earns First-Team All-Big Ten Honors

Ohio State sophomore forward EJ Liddell was named First-Team All-Big Ten on Tuesday. He was named to the coaches’ first team and to the media’s second team.

Also making both the media and coaches’ third team was junior guard Duane Washington.

Liddell leads the Buckeyes in scoring at 16.0 points per game, rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game, and is also the leading Ohio State shot blocker with 26 swats. He was also named to the 2021 Naismith Award Midseason team and was recently added to the 15-member ballot for 2021 Wooden Award consideration.

The last Buckeye forward to be named First-Team All-Big Ten was Keita Bates-Diop in 2018. Liddell becomes the first sophomore forward from Ohio State to earn First-Team honors since Evan Turner in 2009.

Duane Washington is second on the team with 15.3 points per game.

“Congratulations to E.J. and Duane on their Big Ten All-Conference selections,” OSU head coach Chris Holtmann said in a university release. “I know both guys would be the first to appreciate the role of their teammates in these honors.

“E.J. has been instrumental and has grown as a sophomore in our success. I’m really proud and happy for him. Duane as well has been an important part of our team success. He has continued to grow and improve as a player and that is a credit to who he is and who he wants to be.

“Both E.J. and Duane love playing as Buckeyes and I know they are committed to working hard to continue to improve individually and as a team.”

Iowa big man Luka Garza was named Big Ten Player of the Year for a second-consecutive season.

Here is the full slate of award winners and the entire list of 2020-2021 All-Big Ten teams.

2020-21 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches
 
FIRST TEAM
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS
LUKA GARZA, IOWA
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
Trevion Williams, Purdue
 
SECOND TEAM
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
Isaiah Livers, Michigan
Franz Wagner, Michigan
 
THIRD TEAM
Marcus Carr, Minnesota
Aaron Henry, Michigan State
Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State
Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Maryland
Aaron Wiggins, Maryland
Geo Baker, Rutgers
 
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Andre Curbelo, Illinois
Keegan Murray, Iowa
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
Zach Edey, Purdue
Jaden Ivey, Purdue
 
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Darryl Morsell, Maryland
Aaron Henry, Michigan State
Jamari Wheeler, Penn State
Myles Johnson, Rutgers
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Luka Garza, Iowa
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Darryl Morsell, Maryland
 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
 
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:
Andre Curbelo, Illinois
 
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Juwan Howard, Michigan
 
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS
 
2020-21 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
 
Trent Frazier, Illinois; Aljami Durham, Indiana; CJ Fredrick, Iowa; Darryl Morsell, Maryland; Austin Davis, Michigan; Joshua Langford, Michigan State; Gabe Kalscheur, Minnesota; Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Nebraska; Ryan Greer, Northwestern; Kyle Young, Ohio State; John Harrar, Penn State; Sasha Stefanovic, Purdue; Paul Mulcahy, Rutgers; Carter Higginbottom, Wisconsin.
 
2020-21 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team
As selected by Media Voting Panel
 
FIRST TEAM
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
LUKA GARZA, IOWA
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
 
SECOND TEAM
Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
Isaiah Livers, Michigan
Marcus Carr, Minnesota
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
Trevion Williams, Purdue
 
THIRD TEAM
Franz Wagner, Michigan
Aaron Henry, Michigan State
Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State
Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
CJ Fredrick, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Maryland
Darryl Morsell, Maryland
Aaron Wiggins, Maryland
Teddy Allen, Nebraska
John Harrar, Penn State
Myreon Jones, Penn State
Myles Johnson, Rutgers
Jacob Young, Rutgers
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Luka Garza, Iowa
 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
 
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Juwan Howard, Michigan
 
Unanimous selections IN ALL CAPS

[EJ Liddell header photo courtesy of the Ohio State Dept. of Athletics.]