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Penn State Basketball: Frazier, Newbill Earn All-Big Ten Honors

by on March 11, 2014 6:25 AM

Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill have both had outstanding seasons for Penn State basketball and the Big Ten conference's coaches and media acknowledged that fact on Monday with both players winning All-Big Ten honors.

Newbill was named Second Team All-Big Ten by both the media and conference coaches. Frazier received third-team recognition by both parties as well.

Newbill (17.8 ppg) and Frazier (15.5 ppg) are ranked second and ninth, respectively, in Big Ten scoring and make up one of the highest scoring, rebounding and assisting backcourt duos in the nation. Frazier has led the conference in assists (5.5) since the start of the season and has been a key distributor of the ball for the Nittany Lions all year.

Frazier previously was a first-team (media) and second-team (coaches) selection in 2012. Newbill was an honorable mention honoree last season. Frazier and Newbill's selections this season give Penn State 35 all-time selections to the Big Ten’s first, second or third teams.

Newbill has been an offensive fixture for the Nittany Lions all season and has willed Penn State to victory on several occasions including a game-winning shot in overtime to beat Ohio State for the first time in nearly 20 meetings. With over 500 points on the season, Newbill also becomes one of four Nittany Lions all-time to break the 500 point mark in a season.

Off the court, Frazier is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to one student-athlete with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Frazier currently is Penn State’s all-time leader in career assists (630) and is fifth among active NCAA Division I players in career assists and holds the No. 9 spot all-time in Big Ten career helpers. He can continue to extend that mark for at least one more game. Penn State faces Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament this Thursday.

The Houston native is the second Big Ten player in league history to reach 1,000 points (1,517), 600 assists (630) and 500 rebounds (508).

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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