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Penn State Basketball: Tony Carr Named First Team All-Big Ten

by on February 26, 2018 7:39 PM

Four Nittany Lions were named to the men's basketball All-Big Ten teams, headlined by Tony Carr's first-team selection by both the coaches and media.

The sophomore point guard is Penn State's first to be named to the conference's first team since Tim Frazier in 2012. He's also the first Nittany Lion to be named first team by both the coaches and media since Talor Battle in 2009.

Carr was the conference’s leading scorer this year, averaging 19.6 points per game in Big Ten play and 20.1 throughout the regular season. Scoring in double figures in all but two games this year, he also averaged 4.9 assists (fifth in the league) and 4.5 rebounds. He was joined on both first teams by Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop, Michigan State's Miles Bridges, and Purdue's Carsen Edwards. Nebraska's James Palmer Jr. was named first team by the coaches, while Wisconsin's Ethan Happ got the fifth spot on the media team.

Sophomores Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins were named honorable mention all-conference, while Watkins and junior Josh Reaves were selected to the All-Defensive Team.

Stevens, who started every game this season, averaged 15.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds, second on the team in both categories. 

Watkins, who missed the regular season finale at Nebraska with an injury, led the Nittany Lions with 68 blocks on the year and 8.9 rebound per game. He also leads the Big Ten and is third nationally with a 68.5 percent field goal percentage, a Penn State season record.

Reaves led the Big Team in steals with 56 and steals per game with 2.2. His seven steals against the Cornhuskers on Sunday were the most by a Penn State player since 2007.

Penn State is the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and opens play in the second round against Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Madison Square Garden. The game will air on the Big Ten Network.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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