Feb. 26, 2018
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State was well-represented on the 2017-18 All-Big Ten teams as Jae’Sean Tate, Kaleb Wesson and Andrew Dakich were honored alongside Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop and Big Ten Coach of the Year Chris Holtmann, the conference office announced Monday.
Holtmann was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and media in his first season in Columbus. He has earned top honors in each of three conference in which he has coached during his seven-year career. He was the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year at Gardner-Webb and the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2017 while leading Butler. Holtmann guided the Buckeyes to the most wins under a first-year Ohio State coach and to a second-place finish in the Big Ten regular season, the highest of any Ohio State coach in his first season in Columbus.
Bates-Diop, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media, leads the 24-7 Buckeyes and ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.2 points per game and is tied for second at 8.9 rebounds per contest. The Normal, Illinois, native also sits sixth in the conference with 52 blocked shots in a team-high 32.7 minutes per game. In 18 Big Ten games, Bates-Diop has averaged 19.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while blocking 30 shots. His 12 double-doubles on the season are tied for second in the conference and the Buckeyes are 11-1 in 2017-18 when he records a double-double. Buckeyes have claimed the honor a total of seven times with Evan Turner being the last in 2010. The Buckeyes’ last first team All-Big Ten honoree was D’Angelo Russell in 2015.
Tate was named second team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and to the honorable mention team by the league media. In 31 starts, the Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Tate is shooting 56 percent from the field and ranks second on the team with 92 assists and 32 steals.
Wesson was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after starting 27 games, averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. A native of Westerville, Ohio, Wesson has shot 57.5 percent from the field and has gone to the free throw line a team-high 132 times, making 96. Wesson also sits second on the team with 21 blocks.
Dakich, a fifth-year transfer from Michigan playing his only season in Columbus, is the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. A native of Zionsville, Indiana, Dakich has appeared in all 31 games, making one start. He has averaged 18.4 minutes per game and handed out 66 assists while recording 26 steals.
The No. 2 seed Buckeyes take on No. 7 seed Penn State or No. 10 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday at Madison Square Garden.