Nicholas Baer only started 10 games for Iowa this season but was nonetheless one of the Hawkeyes’ best players. The sophomore forward led the team in rebounds (6.0) and blocked shots (1.3) and finished fifth in scoring (7.6), while playing 23.9 minutes a game, fourth on the Hawkeyes.
For that production off the bench, Baer on Monday was named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by the conference’s coaches.
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After spending two seasons as a walk-on (including a redshirt year), Baer earned a scholarship this season and soon became one of Iowa’s most important players. He ended the season with four straight games of double-figure scoring, including a career-high 20 points in the Hawkeyes’ regular season-ending win against Penn State on Sunday.
“What more can you say about Nicholas Baer,” coach Fran McCaffery said in a press release. “Nicholas gives you everything he has in every practice and every game. He has a tremendous work ethic that is displayed in the stat sheet every game. When Nicholas comes into the game he brings energy, enthusiasm, leadership, and versatility. I am incredibly proud of Nicholas and this achievement and what he means to this team and this program.”