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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/20/2024, Last updated: 3/21/2024
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Edey Leads Four from Big Ten with All-America Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Purdue’s Zach Edey has been named a consensus First Team All-American for the second consecutive season, headlinging nine All-America honors for the Big Ten.

Edey collected First Team All-America accolades from the Associated Press (AP), United State Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Sporting News, the four entities the NCAA recognizes in determining consensus All-America status.

Joining Edey with All-America honors are Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr., Northwestern’s Boo Buie, and Purdue’s Braden Smith. The AP named Shannon to its Third Team, while Buie and Smith collected Honorable Mention, while Buie and Shannon received Honorable Mention from the USBWA.

Edey, who recently collected his second consecutive Big Ten Player of the Year honor, will enter NCAA Tournament play as the nation’s leading scorer at 24.4 points, while ranking third with 11.7 rebounds and 22 double-doubles.

Edey is the only player in Big Ten history to record at least 700 points and 350 rebounds in a season, doing so both this year and last year, and needs 13 rebounds to become the fifth player in NCAA history with two seasons of at least 750 points and 400 rebounds, joining Elvin Hayes, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, and Jerry West.

Edey has produced against the nation's best teams, averaging a combined 40.2 points, rebounds and assists against high-major opposition, currently the first player in at least the last 15 years to average a combined 40 points, rebounds and assists against high-major opposition. Edey Leads the country in 30 point, 10 rebound games with seven (next closest is 3) and 20-10 games with 18 (next closest is 16).

Like Edey, Shannon ranked among the nation’s top scorers, ranking third with 23.0 points per outing, the program’s highest single-season scoring average in 51 years – since Nick Weatherspoon averaged 25.0 ppg in 1973 – and fourth-best average in school history.

Shannon has 18 20-point games this season, including six 30-point outings (second-most in a season in program history), with a career-high and Big Ten Tournament single game record 40-point game in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. Shannon has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games overall, including all 28 of his appearances this season

Buie leads the nation with eight games this season with 20-plus points and seven-plus assists, four more than next closest high-major player. He is averaging 19.2 points per game this season and 5.1 assists per game, the only high-major player in the country averaging 18-plus points and five-plus assists this season.

The Albany, N.Y. native leads all Wildcats from beyond the arc, converting on 85 made three-pointers after making 64 all of last season. He improved his three-point percentage from 31.6% (64-for-201) in 2022-23 to 44.3% (85-for-192) from deep in 2023-24, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally.

A Cousy Award finalist, Smith is averaging 12.5 points, 7.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game, but saw his averages bump to 12.5 points, 7.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game in Big Ten action. He is the nation's leader in total assists with 240 and needs seven assists for 400 in his career. Should he reach 400 assists this season, he will become the fourth sophomore in Big Ten history with 400 assists by the end of their sophomore seasons (Magic Johnson, Trey Burke, Cassius Winston).

Smith became the first Boilermaker to lead the Big Ten in assists since 1990 (Tony Jones, and has smashed the  school record for assists in a season (240 and counting). He has six double-doubles and eight games with 10 or more assists – a new school record, and dished out 16 assists against Northwestern, the second most in a game in school history and the most in almost 50 years. The 16 assists were the most for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years.

Edey, Shannon, Buie, and Smith will lead their teams into action this week, as the 2024 NCAA Tournament gets underway.

Edey, Smith and the Boilermakers, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, will open play on Friday at 7:25 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind., when they face the winner of tonight’s First Four title between Grambling and Montana State.

Shannon and the Illini earned a No. 3 seed in the East region and will face No. 14 seed Morehead State at 3:10 on Thursday in Omaha, Neb.

Biue will lead the No. 9 seed Wildcats into tournament play on Friday, when they meet No. 8 seed Florida Atlantic in Brooklyn, N.Y. at 12:15 p.m.

2023-24 All-Americans
AP: Zach Edey, Purdue (1st Team); Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois (3rd); Boo Buie, Northwestern (Honorable Mention); Braden Smith, Purdue (Honorable Mention)

NABC: Zach Edey, Purdue (1st Team)

Sporting News: Zach Edey, Purdue (1st Team)
USBWA: Zach Edey, Purdue (1st Team); Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois (Honorable Mention); Boo Buie, Northwestern (Honorable Mention)

Consensus All-America: Zach Edey (1st Team)