For large swaths of the 2017-18 season it was the Ethan Happ show for the Wisconsin Badgers, and despite the struggles for the rest of the team, the junior did his best to attempt to get this team over the finish line.
While the Badgers ended the regular season 9th in the Big Ten (7-11) and sit at just 14-17 overall heading in to the Big Ten tournament at Madison Square Garden, the media felt Happ’s effort was worthy of first-team honors.
He was named to the media’s first team All-Big Ten, joining Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State along with fellow unanimous first team pick Miles Bridges of Michigan State. Others on the first team were Tony Carr of Penn State (who lead the league in scoring) and Carsen Edwards of Purdue.
The coaches named Happ to their second team, choosing James Palmer Jr. over Happ in their awards.
Happ finished the regular season 4th in scoring (17.9), rebounds (8.2), 8th in assists (3.8) and 3rd in steals (1.5). He also shot 52.7 percent from the field on the season.
Despite the disappointing season and bad results, there was one other Badgers player who got postseason honors. Freshman guard Brad Davison was named to the All-Freshman team.
Davison ranks among the top five Big Ten freshmen in scoring (2nd), assists (4th), 3-point field goals (1st), 3-point field goal percentage (4th), free throw percentage (1st), steals (3rd) and minutes played (2nd). He is second on the Badgers in scoring and is on track to become just the fourth Badger in the last 20 years to average double figures as a freshman, joining Devin Harris (12.3 ppg in 2002), Alando Tucker (12.0 ppg in 2003) and Ethan Happ (12.4 ppg in 2016).
Wisconsin will the 9th seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament, taking on No. 8 seed Maryland in the opening game of Thursday’s action from Madison Square Garden. UW will take on the Terps at 11am CT on BTN.