Newbill, Frazier receive honors
UNIVERSITY PARK – D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier are among the 2014 All-Big Ten men’s basketball teams and award winners, the conference office announced Monday.
Newbill earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, while Frazier received third-team recognition. Both players were heralded by the media panel and coaches alike.
Newbill (17.8 ppg) and Frazier (15.5 ppg) are ranked second and ninth, respectively, in the Big Ten and make up one of the highest scoring, rebounding and assisting backcourt duos in the nation. Frazier led the league from day one of the season in assists (5.5) and has been a fixture in the Top 10 of scoring (15.5) and steals (1.6).
Frazier previously was a first-team (media) and second-team (coaches) selection in 2012. Newbill was an honorable mention honoree last season. The Nittany Lions have had 35 all-time selections to the Big Ten’s first, second or third teams.
With a 23-point outing against Wisconsin earlier this month, Newbill became Penn State’s 31st 1,000-point scorer and now ranks 25th all-time in career scoring with 1,056 points. He has tallied 20 or more in four of the last six regular-season games, also reaching 500 points for the season vs. the Badgers (now has 552 to become the fourth Penn State player to reach 500-plus points in multiple campaigns after scoring 504 in 2012-13 Of Newbill’s 17.8 points per game, 13.8 of them are scored from the field (76 percent), including an increasing number from 3-point range. He is shooting over 35 percent from behind the arc and had multiple treys in six conference games on the year.
The Philadelphia product has the most total points (552) and field goals (192) of any Big Ten player this season.
Frazier has done a little bit of everything this season. The fifth-year guard became just the second Big Ten player in league history to reach 1,000 points (1,517), 600 assists (630) and 500 rebounds (508). He joins Iowa’s Jeff Horner (2003-06) in the feat.
Penn State’s all-time leader in career assists (630), Frazier is fifth among active NCAA Division I players in career assists and holds the No. 9 spot all-time in Big Ten career helpers.