B1G Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year named by USA Today
USA Today voters have submitted their final ballots for the B1G Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for the 2019-20 college basketball season.
With this season being such an interesting year in the conference, there were several qualified candidates in both categories. Ultimately, though, two stood out from the rest.
Iowa center Luka Garza was named the B1G Player of the Year after leading the Hawkeyes to a 20-11 record and the No. 5 seed in the B1G Tournament. He’s also considered one of the top candidates for the National Player of the year.
Garza nearly averaged a double-double this year, posting 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.8 blocks and 1.2 assists per contest.
This season, Garza scored 20 points or more in 25 games and also recorded 15 double-doubles on the year. He proved to be one of the most dominant players in the B1G from the first game through the season finale.
The B1G Freshman of the Year was awarded to another big man, Illinois center Kofi Cockburn. The freshman was the second-leading scorer for the Fighting Illini, averaging 13.3 points per game. He also led the team in rebounding with an 8.8 boards per game average, as well as blocked shots, averaging 1.4 per contest.
Cockburn finished the season with 12 double-doubles.
Illinois finished the season with a 13-7 mark in B1G play, earning the No. 4 seed and the last double-bye in the B1G Tournament. Overall, the Illini were 21-10.