All-Big Ten Basketball Teams Announced; Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson POY

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Six members of the Big Ten champion and top-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team were recognized among the 2011 All-Big Ten men’s basketball teams and award winners, announced Monday by the conference office. Jared Sullinger was a unanimous pick for Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and media and garnered first team All-Big Ten honors, while fellow rookie Aaron Craft was named the Sixth Man of the Year by the league coaches.

“We are fortunate to play in a tremendous league with outstanding players,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said. “To have five of our top six players recognized with postseason honors is a tribute to their hard work.”

JaJuan Johnson from the Purdue Boilermakers received player of the year honors

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Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson Named Mid-Season All-American

Purdue Boilermakers senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson was recognized for his early-season efforts on Wednesday when Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News counted him among his five college basketball midseason All-Americans.

The second AP Preseason All-American in Purdue history, Johnson is averaging 19.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game on the season. In two Big Ten games, the Indianapolis native is producing at a rate of 20.5 points and 8.5 boards per outing.

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JaJuan Johnson Adds Weight, Needs to Carry the Load at Purdue

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The Purdue Boilermakers came in with high hopes for a Big Ten and possibly a national championship, but their college basketball season took  a serious turn for the worse before it even got started when Boilers MVP Robbie Hummel went down for the count on October 15th. Now Boilers coach Matt Painter will no doubt emulate Britney Spears by saying “Gimme More,” as in E’Twaun Moore and also run more offense through power forward JaJuan Johnson.

JJ talked about how tough it was for his close friend Hummel to see a second season end so disappointingly.

“We came in together, have a really close relationship and I really felt bad for him personally. That really is one of the main reasons I came back to this school, to have the opportunity to play with these guys again, it kind of sucks for him,” Johnson said.

He also mentioned that Hummel received about 200 text messages within the two minutes after it was announced that he was out for the season.

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JaJuan Johnson Should be an NBA Four

By Paul M. Banks

Purdue forward/center JaJuan Johnson’s skill sets make him a prototypical Power Forward and NOT a Center in “The League”- should be decide to come out after this season.

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