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Illinois' Cook named Big Ten player of the year

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Minnesota Gophers sophomore forward Rick Rickert was named to the All-Big Ten Conference men's first team on Tuesday.

Illinois senior forward Brian Cook, who led No. 13 Illinois to a 21-win season and led the Big Ten in scoring, was named conference player of the year.

Cook, who averaged 20.1 points per game overall, also ranked third in the conference in rebounds with 7.1 per game, eighth in field goal percentage at .503 and 10th in free throw percentage at .806.

Joining Cook and Rickert on the coaches' first-team were Michigan's LaVell Blanchard, Willie Deane of Purdue and Kirk Penney of Wisconsin.

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