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March 10, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier are among the 2014 All-Big Ten men's basketball teams and award winners, the conference office announced Monday. Newbill earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, while Frazier received third-team recognition. Both players were heralded by the media panel and coaches alike.
Newbill (17.8 ppg) and Frazier (15.5 ppg) are ranked second and ninth, respectively, in the Big Ten and make up one of the highest scoring, rebounding and assisting backcourt duos in the nation. Frazier led the league from day one of the season in assists (5.5) and has been a fixture in the Top 10 of scoring (15.5) and steals (1.6).
Frazier previously was a first-team (media) and second-team (coaches) selection in 2012. Newbill was an honorable mention honoree last season. The Nittany Lions have had 35 all-time selections to the Big Ten’s first, second or third teams.
With a 23-point outing vs. Wisconsin March 2, Newbill became Penn State’s 31st 1,000-point scorer and now ranks 25th all-time in career scoring with 1,056 points. He has tallied 20 or more in four of the last six regular-season games, also reaching 500 points for the season vs. the Badgers (now has 552 to become the fourth Penn State player to reach 500-plus points in multiple campaigns after scoring 504 in 2012-13. He joins an illustrious group to produce more than 500 points in more than one season: Talor Battle (three seasons) Jesse Arnelle (two) and Joe Crispin (two).
Of Newbill’s 17.8 points per game, 13.8 of them are scored from the field (76 percent), including an increasing number from 3-point range. He is shooting over 35 percent from behind the arc and had multiple treys in six conference games on the year. The Philadelphia, Pa., product has the most total points (552) and field goals (192) of any Big Ten player this season, producing 10 field goals vs. both Wisconsin and Iowa to tied for the second-most by a B1G player in a league game this season.
Frazier has done a little bit of everything this season. The fifth-year guard will complete his career as one of the most well-rounded and consistent players to not only play for the Blue and White, but for any team in the Big Ten.
With three boards vs. Wisconsin March 2, Frazier became just the second Big Ten player in league history to reach 1,000 points (1,517), 600 assists (630) and 500 rebounds (508). He joins Iowa’s Jeff Horner (2003-06) in the feat.
Penn State’s all-time leader in career assists (630), Frazier is fifth among active NCAA Division I players in career assists and holds the No. 9 spot all-time in Big Ten career helpers. With 171 to his credit this season, the Houston, Texas, product has taken over seventh on the single-season record totals. Frazier already owns the No. 1 (2011-12) and No. 6 spots (2010-11), becoming the only player ranked in more than two seasons
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. VOTE: bit.ly/Vote4Frazier
Newbill, Frazier and Nittany Lions wrapped up the regular season with a 15-16 record and 6-12 mark in the Ten, both win totals that have been topped minimally ini the last several season. Penn State will be take on the seventh-seed Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.