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Illinois G Shannon Jr. Named First Team All Big Ten

The All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners were announced Tuesday by the conference office, and the Fighting Illini had two players earn All-Big Ten recognition. 


Senior Terrence Shannon Jr. is a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, while garnering second-team accolades by the media. Shannon has been one of the nation's top transfers this season, leading the Illini in scoring and ranking seventh in the Big Ten at 17.1 points per game. 


Shannon has scored in double figures 25 times, with 10 20-point games. He scored a career-high 30 points vs. Monmouth and had one of the NCAA's signature performances this season, racking up 29 points and tying the school record with eight 3-pointers to lead Illinois to a comeback win over No. 8 UCLA. 


Shannon's selection marks the fourth straight year that Brad Underwood's program has had a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches, following Ayo Dosunmu (2020 & 2021) and Kofi Cockburn (2021 & 2022). 


Graduate transfer Matthew Mayer is a third-team All-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and media.


He ranks second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding, averaging 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in 20 of the last 23 games, with seven 20-point performances, led by a career-high 26 in the win at Wisconsin.


Mayer also was recognized as Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.


No. 7 seed Illinois opens Big Ten Tournament play in Chicago during Thursday's second round at the United Center, facing No. 10 seed Penn State at 5:30 p.m. CT on BTN.

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