Rutgers senior Ron Harper Jr. was named to the 2021-2022 Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday. The honor comes one week after being named to the Watch List for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
Harper Jr. is one of eleven players selected by the media. He averaged 14.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season. He shot 44.1% from the floor, 31.0% from three-point range and 73.6% from the free throw line. In games in which he grabbed at least seven rebounds, Rutgers went 9-1.
For his performance last season, Harper Jr. was named Third Team All-Big Ten, as well as First Team All-Met and to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Harper Jr. is the second Rutgers player to ever be named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Geo Baker was the first in program history after being included last year.
Illinois center Kofi Cockburn was selected as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. There was one additional selection to the All-Big Ten Preseason Team due to a tie. Rutgers is one of eight Big Ten programs represented.
Below is the complete list with unanimous selections listed in BOLD.
2021-22 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*
KOFI COCKBURN, JR., C, ILLINOIS
Andre Curbelo, So., G, Illinois
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, JR., F, INDIANA
Keegan Murray, So., F, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Sr., G, Maryland
HUNTER DICKINSON, SO., C, MICHIGAN
Caleb Houstan, Fr., G/F, Michigan
E.J. LIDDELL, JR., F, OHIO STATE
JADEN IVEY, SO., G, PURDUE
Trevion Williams, Sr., F, Purdue
Ron Harper Jr., Sr., G/F, Rutgers