clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Tony Carr Named to First Team All-Big Ten

That’s what happens when one leads the conference in scoring.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The regular season didn’t end the way that Penn State basketball fans wanted it to, but the 9-9 Big Ten record for the Nittany Lions was the best that we’ve seen in seven years. You don’t get to the top half of the conference without some outstanding performances from players, and on Monday, Penn State’s best players were rewarded by the announcement of the Big Ten’s postseason awards.

The big standout is Tony Carr, who made First Team All-Big Ten in just his second season. He led the league in scoring with 19.9 points per game and finished fifth with 4.8 assists per game. Carr shares First Team honors with Miles Bridges of Michigan State, Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State, James Palmer Jr. of Nebraska, and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards.

In addition, Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins were both named to the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention list. Stevens was 14th in the league in scoring at 15.2 points per game, while Watkins was third in rebounds at 8.9 per game, second in blocks at 2.3 per game, and first in field goal percentage at 68.5 percent.

Those figures also allowed Watkins to snag All-Defensive Team honors alongside Josh Reaves, who led the Big Ten with 2.4 steals per game. Finally, Julian Moore was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree. It’s good to see the backup big man get recognized in his senior season.

Penn State’s season isn’t quite over yet. In fact, there could be several games left on the schedule depending on how the postseason tournaments shake out. No matter how the campaign ends, the Lions have a lot to look forward to in 2019 if Carr, Watkins, Reaves, and Stevens all return for another run at the NCAA Tournament.