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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/29/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Iowa’s Clark, Purdue’s Edey Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 29, 2023) – Purdue University junior basketball center Zach Edey has been selected as the 2022-23 Big Ten Conference Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, and University of Iowa junior basketball guard Caitlin Clark has been recognized as the 2022-23 Big Ten Conference Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.


Edey is the third Boilermaker student-athlete to earn Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year honors and the first since diver David Boudia in 2011. The only other Purdue recipient of the men’s award was another basketball great, Glenn Robinson, in 1994.


Edey is also eighth basketball student-athlete chosen as Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and the first since Iowa’s Luka Garza in 2021. In addition to Edey, Robinson and Garza, the other basketball recipients of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year have been Indiana’s Steve Alford (1987), Michigan’s Glen Rice (1989), Ohio State’s Evan Turner (2010), and Michigan State’s Draymond Green (2012) and Denzel Valentine (2016).


Edey, a 7-4 center from Toronto, enjoyed one of the most-statistically dominating seasons in college basketball history, averaging 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. He was named the National Player of the Year by all six major organizations and was recently named a finalist for the Best Male College Athlete ESPY award. He became the first player in NCAA history to accumulate 750 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 50 assists in a single season and ranked in the NCAA’s top 25 in points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage.


On the Big Ten level, Edey was equally as dominant, becoming the first Big Ten player to lead the league in points, rebounds and field goal percentage in almost 60 years. Edey posted eight games of at least 30 points and 10 rebounds (seven against Big Ten opposition), the most for a major-college player in the last 20 years. He swept both Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades after leading the Boilermakers to both titles and a 29-6 overall record. His 438 rebounds during the 2022-23 season were the fourth most in Big Ten history behind only three record-setting seasons (1960-62) from Ohio State great Jerry Lucas.


Clark’s selection represents the third time a Hawkeye has received Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year honors. The other Iowa honorees were field hockey standout Kristy Gleason in 1994 and basketball great Megan Gustafson in 2019.


This marks the ninth time a basketball student-athlete has captured the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award. Along with the selections of Clark and Gustafson, other basketball recipients have been Purdue’s Joy Holmes (1991), MaChelle Joseph (1992), Stephanie White (1999) and Katie Douglas (2001), Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2004), Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport (2007) and Minnesota’s Rachel Banham (2016).


A 6-0 guard from West Des Moines, Iowa, Clark was chosen Monday as the 2023 recipient of the Honda Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). Clark was the first Big Ten Conference women’s basketball player and Iowa student-athlete to receive the Honda Cup in the award’s 47-year history. She was also just the fourth student-athlete from a current Big Ten school to earn the honor and the first since Penn State volleyball standout Megan Hodge was a co-recipient in 2010.


Clark was the unanimous National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2022-23 after leading Iowa to its first NCAA national championship game appearance and the first by a Big Ten program since 2005.

During the 2023 NCAA Tournament, she posted the first 40-point triple-double in NCAA Tournament history and broke the NCAA single-tournament record for most three-point FG made (24) and most points scored (191). This past winter, she was the only player in the nation with 1,000 points, 240 rebounds, 310 assists and 45 steals.

Overall, Clark became the first player in Division I women’s basketball history to record more than 1,000 points and 300 assists in the same season and was the fastest Division I player (men’s or women’s) to reach 1,500 career points over the last 20 seasons.

Off the court, she is a two-time first-team Academic All-American and was named the 2023 College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-American of the Year.


Edey and Clark were among a high-powered field of 28 nominees (one male and one female per Big Ten school) that included seven national champions, 27 All-Americans, 14 conference champions, 10 conference Players of the Year and six standouts who collected at least one national player of the year accolade. 


The Big Ten Conference has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 and first honored a Female Athlete of the Year in 1983. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution. 


The complete list of 2022-23 Athlete of the Year nominations, as well as the list of all-time winners for each award, can be found below. 


Illinois Devon Witherspoon, footballOlivia Howell,

cross country/track & field 
Indiana Trayce Jackson-Davis, basketballMackenzie Holmes, basketball
Iowa Jack Campbell, footballCaitlin Clark, basketball 
Maryland Nick Lorusso, baseballDiamond Miller, basketball
Michigan Mason Parris, wrestlingSierra Brooks, gymnastics
Michigan State Heath Baldwin, track & fieldLauren Kozal, soccer
Minnesota Max McHugh, swimming & divingTaylor Heise, ice hockey 
Nebraska Mikey Labriola, wrestling Axelina Johansson, track & field
Northwestern Boo Buie, basketballIzzy Scane, lacrosse
Ohio State James Trotter, tennis Sophie Jaques, ice hockey 
Penn State Carter Starocci, wrestling Sophia Gladieux, field hockey
Purdue Zach Edey, basketball Eva Hudson, volleyball
Rutgers Adam Korsak, footballChloe Timberg, track & field
Wisconsin Jackson Sharp,

cross country/track & field
Phoebe Bacon, swimming & diving


1982 - Jim Spivey, Indiana, cross country/track & field 

1983 - Ed Banach, Iowa, wrestling 

1984 - Sunder Nix, Indiana, track & field 

1985 - Barry Davis, Iowa, wrestling 

1986 - Chuck Long, Iowa, football 

1987 - Steve Alford, Indiana, basketball 

1988 - Jim Abbott, Michigan, baseball 

1989 - Glen Rice, Michigan, basketball 

1990 - Anthony Thompson, Indiana, football 

1991 - Mike Barrowman, Michigan, swimming 

1992 - Desmond Howard, Michigan, football 

1993 - John Roethlisberger, Minnesota, gymnastics 

1994 - Glenn Robinson, Purdue, basketball 

1995 - Tom Dolan, Michigan, swimming 

1996 - Eddie George, Ohio State, football 

1997 - Blaine Wilson, Ohio State, gymnastics 

1998 - Charles Woodson, Michigan, football 

1999 - Luke Donald, Northwestern, golf 

2000 - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, football 

2001 - Ryan Miller, Michigan State, ice hockey 

2002 - Jordan Leopold, Minnesota, ice hockey 

2003 - Amer Delic, Illinois, tennis/Matt Lackey, Illinois, wrestling 

2004 - Damion Hahn, Minnesota, wrestling 

2005 - Luis Vargas, Penn State, gymnastics 

2006 - Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan, swimming 

2007 - Cole Konrad, Minnesota, wrestling 

2008 - Brent Metcalf, Iowa, wrestling 

2009 - Jake Herbert, Northwestern, wrestling 

2010 - Evan Turner, Ohio State, basketball 

2011 - David Boudia, Purdue, diving 

2012 - Draymond Green, Michigan State, basketball 

2013 - Derek Drouin, Indiana, track & field 

2014 - David Taylor, Penn State, wrestling 

2015 - Logan Stieber, Ohio State, wrestling 

2016 - Denzel Valentine, Michigan State, basketball 

2017 - Kyle Snyder, Ohio State, wrestling 

2018 - Kyle Snyder, Ohio State, wrestling 

2019 - Bo Nickal, Penn State, wrestling 

2020 - Chase Young, Ohio State, football 

2021 - Luka Garza, Iowa, basketball 

2022 - Gable Steveson, Minnesota, wrestling 

2023 - Zach Edey, Purdue, basketball



1983 - Judi Brown, Michigan State, track & field 

1984 - Lisa Ishikawa, Northwestern, softball 

1985 - Cathy Branta, Wisconsin, cross country/track & field 

1986 - Stephanie Herbst, Wisconsin, cross country/track & field 

1987 - Jennifer Averill, Northwestern, field hockey/lacrosse 

1988 - Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, cross country/track & field 

1989 - Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, cross country/track & field 

1990 - Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, cross country/track & field 

1991 - Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse, Michigan State, diving/Joy Holmes, Purdue, basketball 

1992 - MaChelle Joseph, Purdue, basketball 

1993 - Lara Hooiveld, Michigan, swimming 

1994 - Kristy Gleason, Iowa, field hockey 

1995 - Laura Davis, Ohio State, volleyball 

1996 - Olga Kalinovskaya, Penn State, fencing 

1997 - Kathy Butler, Wisconsin, track & field/Gretchen Hegener, Minnesota, swimming 

1998 - Sara Griffin, Michigan, softball 

1999 - Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue, basketball 

2000 - Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State, volleyball 

2001 - Katie Douglas, Purdue, basketball 

2002 - Christie Welsh, Penn State, soccer 

2003 - Perdita Felicien, Illinois, track & field 

2004 - Kelly Mazzante, Penn State, basketball 

2005 - Jennie Ritter, Michigan, softball 

2006 - Tiffany Weimer, Penn State, soccer 

2007 - Jessica Davenport, Ohio State, basketball 

2008 - Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern, lacrosse 

2009 - Maria Hernandez, Purdue, golf 

2010 - Megan Hodge, Penn State, volleyball 

2011 - Shannon Smith, Northwestern, lacrosse 

2012 - Christina Manning, Ohio State, track & field 

2013 - Amanda Kessel, Minnesota, ice hockey? 

2014 - Dani Bunch, Purdue, track & field 

2015 - Taylor Cummings, Maryland, lacrosse 

2016 - Rachel Banham, Minnesota, basketball? 

2017 - Lilly King, Indiana, swimming 

2018 - Lilly King, Indiana, swimming 

2019 - Megan Gustafson, Iowa, basketball 

2020 - Dana Rettke, Wisconsin, volleyball 

2021 - Sarah Bacon, Minnesota, diving 

2022 - Dana Rettke, Wisconsin, volleyball 

2023 - Caitlin Clark, Iowa, basketball


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