In a season where the Rutgers men’s basketball team has made history multiple times, it’s leader made even more on Monday. Geo Baker became the first player for the program to earn Third Team All-Big Ten honors since the Scarlet Knights joined the conference during the 2014-2015 season. He was selected by the coaches, while the media awarded him an Honorable Mention selection No player had ever earned higher than honorable mention status previously. In addition, Ron Harper Jr. was named an Honorable Mention selection by both the coaches and media, while Akwasi Yeboah earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Baker has led Rutgers to unprecedented heights in the Big Ten this season with his clutch playmaking and leadership this season. Despite missing three games due to a left thumb injury and struggling for a stretch once he returned due to not being fully healed, he has been the driving force behind Rutgers finishing for a tie for fifth place in Big Ten play. He finished 7thin the league in assist to turnover ratio at 2.3 and 14th in assists at 3.2 per game in Big Ten play. In addition, he has averaged 15.0 points per game the past eight conference contests and has cemented his reputation as a premier closers in college basketball. He finished 26th in Big Ten play in averaging 10.6 points per game.
Harper Jr. finished 20th in Big Ten play in scoring at 11.9 points per game, as well as 17th in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per contest. He also was 13th in league play in shooting 37.3% from three-point range and 15th with 0.9 blocks per game. Harper Jr. scored in double figures in half of the league games and scored over 20 points four times.
Overall this season, Yeboah is the team’s third leading scorer and rebounder at 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, as well as the most accurate from three-point range at 35.2%. His leadership as a captain and experience in big games has been hugely important to the team’s success this season.
Rutgers opens the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at noon ET against Michigan. A full game preview, as well as a bracketology update will be posted soon.