Minnesota junior forward Jordan Murphy received All-Big Ten recognition from both the coaches and media voters, as the conference announced its year-end awards on Monday evening. Murphy was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team by the media panel, while the conference's head coaches voted him to the All-Big Ten Third Team.
In addition, senior guard Nate Mason was the recipient of All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by each of the voting groups.
An All-Big Ten Third Team honoree last season, Murphy becomes the first Gopher in 12 years to garner all-conference recognition in back-to-back seasons. The last Minnesota player to do so was Vincent Grier, who was named to the All-Big Ten first team (coaches) and second team (media) in 2005, then followed with an All-Big Ten third team selection by the coaches in 2006.
Among the nation's top frontcourt players this season, Murphy finished the regular season as the leading rebounder in the Big Ten, pulling down 11.4 rebounds per game. That figure also ranks seventh in the nation. He is the first Gopher to lead the league in rebounding since Trevor Mbakwe did so in 2013.
The San Antonio native has tallied 24 double-doubles this season, leading all Division I players in that category while also setting a new school single-season record. His 352 rebounds to date this year is also a new single-season high for the Gophers.
Offensively, Murphy is the team's leading scorer at 17.0 points per game, which ranks sixth among Big Ten players. His 4.1 offensive rebounds per game ranks fifth in the nation and highest in the Big Ten. Murphy also leads the team in blocks (1.0 bpg) and steals (1.1 spg) after starting every game this year, the only Gopher to do so.
Mason, an All-Big Ten First Team selection last season, has put together his best scoring season in his final year with the Maroon and Gold. The Decatur, Ga., native is averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game, which ranks seventh in the conference, including career highs in 3-point field goal shooting (39.5 percent) and total triples (75). In 18 conference games, Mason averaged 18.6 points per game, fourth-highest in the Big Ten. His 3.7 rebounds per game is also a career best, while his 128 assists (4.3 apg) ranks sixth in the conference.
Mason has vaulted up the Gophers career scoring chart this season, where he currently sits fifth with 1,719 career points.
Additionally, junior guard Dupree McBrayer was selected as the Gophers' nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Gophers begin the postseason on Wednesday, as 11th-seeded Minnesota will face No. 14-seed Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m. CT.
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