Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. was among 10 players selected to the Big Ten’s preseason all-conference team, the league announced Thursday before its Media Day in Chicago.
As a sophomore last season, Cowan was selected third-team All-Big Ten and to the league’s All-Defensive team after leading the Terps in scoring (15.8 points a game), assists (5.1) and steals.
Cowan was among three junior point guards named to the team, along with Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston. Edwards was named the league’s preseason player of the year.
Edwards and Wisconsin fifth-year senior center Ethan Happ were the only unanimous selections. Indiana guard Romeo Langford was the only freshman selected.
Also selected to the team were Michigan senior guard Charles Mathews, Michigan State junior forward Nick Ward Jr., Indiana senior forward Juwan Morgan, Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy and Nebraska senior forward James Palmer Jr.
The 6-foot Cowan follows former Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, who was named to the All-Big Ten team before both his sophomore and junior seasons.
Cowan led the Big Ten as a sophomore by playing 37 minutes a game and with free throws attempted at 191. He was also third in steals and assists, fifth in free throw percentage (84.8) and 10th in scoring average.