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IU basketball notebook: Big Ten announces preseason all-league team | Hoosiers get votes in first coaches poll

After being named a preseason first team AP All-American on Tuesday, this one was a bit of a foregone conclusion.

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis was voted to the preseason All-Big Ten team the league announced on Wednesday.  No other Hoosiers were voted to the 11-man squad.

Illinois junior center Kofi Cockburn has been named the 2021-22 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year as chosen by a select media panel, the conference office announced Wednesday. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2020-21, Cockburn was the only player in the country last season to average at least 15 points and nine rebounds while shooting at least 60 percent.

Jackson-Davis averaged more than 19 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 51.7 percent from the field last season.

The 2021-22 Preseason All-Big Ten Team is as follows.  There is one more than the normal 10 because of a tie in the vote.  Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS.

2021-22 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
KOFI COCKBURN, JR., C, ILLINOIS
Andre Curbelo, So., G, Illinois
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, JR., F, INDIANA
Keegan Murray, So., F, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Sr., G, Maryland
HUNTER DICKINSON, SO., C, MICHIGAN
Caleb Houstan, Fr., G/F, Michigan
E.J. LIDDELL, JR., F, OHIO STATE
JADEN IVEY, SO., G, PURDUE
Trevion Williams, Sr., F, Purdue
Ron Harper Jr., Sr., G/F, Rutgers

2021-22 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kofi Cockburn, Jr., C, Illinois

The league announced the women’s team on Tuesday.  You can see that HERE.

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The first edition of the men’s college basketball coaches poll was released on Wednesday as well.

Indiana received votes and is effectively No. 30 according to the 31 Division One head coaches who vote in the poll.

Michigan leads all Big Ten teams at No. 6, followed by Purdue (7), Illinois (10), Ohio State (17), Maryland (21), Michigan State (26) and Indiana.

Here is the complete top-25 and list of others receiving votes:

1 Gonzaga 0-0 771 29 NR — 1/1
2 UCLA 0-0 709 2 NR — 2/2
3 Kansas 0-0 705 0 NR — 3/3
4 Villanova 0-0 658 0 NR — 4/4
5 Texas 0-0 634 0 NR — 5/5
6 Michigan 0-0 627 0 NR — 6/6
7 Purdue 0-0 578 0 NR — 7/7
8 Baylor 0-0 542 0 NR — 8/8
9 Duke 0-0 490 0 NR — 9/9
10 Illinois 0-0 466 0 NR — 10/10
11 Kentucky 0-0 438 0 NR — 11/11
12 Oregon 0-0 382 0 NR — 12/12
13 Alabama 0-0 360 0 NR — 13/13
14 Houston 0-0 343 0 NR — 14/14
15 Arkansas 0-0 340 0 NR — 15/15
16 Memphis 0-0 337 0 NR — 16/16
17 Tennessee 0-0 280 0 NR — 17/17
17 Ohio St. 0-0 280 0 NR — 17/17
19 Florida State 0-0 225 0 NR — 19/19
20 North Carolina 0-0 224 0 NR — 20/20
21 Maryland 0-0 150 0 NR — 21/21
22 Auburn 0-0 87 0 NR — 22/22
23 Connecticut 0-0 73 0 NR — 23/23
24 St. Bonaventure 0-0 71 0 NR — 24/24
25 Virginia 0-0 60 0 NR — 25/25

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Michigan St 55; Texas Tech 46; Southern California 38; West Virginia 18; Indiana 13; Virginia Tech 9; Loyola-Chicago 9; Oklahoma State 8; Arizona 8; Creighton 7; Syracuse 6; Colorado St. 5; Drake 4; Richmond 3; Notre Dame 3; Iowa 3; Rutgers 2; Louisiana State 2; Colorado 2; Xavier 1; Nevada 1; Butler 1; Boise St. 1.

To see the preseason AP poll, GO HERE.


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