Wisconsin redshirt freshman Ethan Happ has been recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and forward Nigel Hayes has been named to the All-Big Ten first team, as the Big Ten Conference handed out its season-ending awards Monday night.
Happ was selected by both the coaches and the media as the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was also a unanimous selection by coaches to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and was named to the league’s all-defensive team. The forward from Milan, Illinois, was also recognized as a third team all-Big Ten honoree by the media and drew honorable mention recognition from the coaches.
For the first time in his collegiate career, Hayes was named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media. The junior forward from Toledo, Ohio, was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree last season and was named the 2014 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman.
Joining Happ and Hayes in garnering postseason honors was Bronson Koenig, who was named to the All-Big Ten third team by the coaches and an honorable mention honoree with the media.
Vitto Brown was recognized as Wisconsin’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Happ becomes the second player in program history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining Sam Okey (1996).