After a season in which he blocked 26 more shots than anyone else in the Big Ten, Minnesota center Reggie Lynch has been named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Lynch blocked 106 shots for the Golden Gophers (3.5 per game), well ahead of Penn State’s Nick Watkins, who blocked 80 (2.6 per game).
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) March 6, 2017
Lynch, a junior, also averaged 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Lynch played at Illinois State in 2013-14 and 2014-15, blocking 2.8 shots per game in each of those seasons. After sitting out a year as a transfer, he picked up right where he left off, swatting shots with astonishing frequency.
Joining Lynch on the All-Defensive Team are Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Zak Showalter, Northwestern’s Vic Law and Purdue’s Dakota Mathias.