A pair of sophomore big men stood out among the rest of the Big Ten this season, and now both Caleb Swanigan and Ethan Happ are being recognized nationally.
Swanigan, Purdue’s double-double machine, was named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday. Happ, who helped Wisconsin to a 23-8 regular season, was a second-team selection.
Swanigan was joined by Kansas’ Frank Mason, Villanova’s Josh Hart, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Gross on the first team. The full selections can be found here.
With averages of 18.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, Swanigan was named the Big Ten Player of the Year on Monday. The Boilermakers star is also expected to be in contention for National Player of the Year honors.
Happ, who is averaging 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.