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  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop goes up for a shot against Robert Morris forward Koby Thomas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Columbus, Ohio. Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team, also announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (22) shoots against Purdue's Isaac Haas (44) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Madison, Wis. Happ was picked to the AP All-Big Ten Team, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Penn State guard Tony Carr (10), drives against Pittsburgh during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Legends Classic, in New York. Carr was picked to the AP All-Big Ten Team, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop (33) plays against Maryland during an NCAA college basketball game, in Columbus, Ohio. Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team, also announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann directs his team against Appalachian State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team, also announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Purdue guard Carsen Edwards (3) goes up for a dunk against Penn State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Michigan State freshman forward Jaren Jackson, Jr. (2) smiles as he celebrates with teammates after guard Cassius Winston made a three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, in Rosemont, Ill. Jackson Jr. was picked as The Associated Press newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year in the Big Ten Conference, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team, also announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in voting by 12 journalists covering the conference. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

  • FILE - From left are, a Jan. 21, 2018, file photo showing Michigan forward Moritz Wagner shooting a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, in Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Jan. 31, 2018, file photo showing Purdue center Isaac Haas (44) shooting against Maryland during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind.; a Jan. 25, 2018, file photo showing Purdue forward Vincent Edwards (12) shooting a free throw against Michigan in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind; a Nov. 30, 2017, file photo showing Michigan State's Cassius Winston grabbing a rebound against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich. and a Dec. 16, 2017, file photo showing Nebraska forward James Palmer Jr. (24) shooting a jump shot against Kansas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb. Wagner, Haas, Edwards, Winston and Palmer were named to the AP All Big Ten NCAA college basketball second team, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/File

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:00 pm

Purdue's Carsen Edwards unanimous pick to AP All-Big Ten team

ERIC OLSON | Associated Press

Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.

Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of the conference tournament in New York. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year in voting by 12 journalists who cover the league.

Joining Bates-Diop and Edwards on the all-conference first team are Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Wisconsin's Ethan Happ and Penn State's Tony Carr. Happ is a repeat first-team pick. Bridges was on the second team last year.

Bates-Diop is second in the conference in scoring (19.2 points per game) and tied for second in rebounding (8.9 per game). The 6-foot-7, 235-pound junior's 12 double-doubles are tied for second in the Big Ten. Edwards averages a team-leading 18.2 points for Purdue, has scored 10 or more points in 14 straight games and is averaging 23.1 points per game in February.

The second team is made up of Purdue's Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas, Michigan's Moritz Wagner, Nebraska's James Palmer Jr. and Michigan State's Cassius Winston.

Jackson is the second straight Michigan State player to be named newcomer of the year, following Bridges. Jackson averages 11.4 points per game, and his 3.29 blocked shots per game ranks fourth nationally. His 102 blocks are a school record.

Holtmann, hired in June after spending the previous three years at Butler, took over a team that finished 11th in the Big Ten and returned just five players. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 24-7 and second in the conference at 15-3, more than double the number of Big Ten wins of a year ago.

The 24 wins are the most by a first-year coach in program history, and the 15 league wins are the Buckeyes' most since 2011.