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So much for Wisconsin's frontcourt being the area of weakness this season, as junior Frank Kaminsky was named a consensus first-team All-Big Ten player and freshman Nigel Hayes selected as the league's Sixth Man of the Year.

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MADISON - Finishing in a tied for second in the loaded Big Ten conference, Wisconsin's main contributors reaped the rewards Monday during the conference's season-ending awards shot.

Junior center Frank Kaminsky was named a consensus first-team All-Big Ten honoree, while freshman Nigel Hayes was voted the league's Sixth Man of the Year and to the league's All-Freshman Team.

Four other Badgers were awarded by the league's coaches and media. Sam Dekker was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a third-team selection by the media. Ben Brust, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson each earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, with Gasser being chosen to the Big Ten's All-Defensive team for the second time in his three seasons of eligibility.

"I'm proud of our guys that were recognized and like I always say, individuals getting accolades is a reflection on the work that the whole team is doing," head coach Bo Ryan said in a statement. "I think having six players named to the list speaks to the balance of our team and the success we have had collectively."

Wisconsin – which dropped three spots to No.12 in the AP Poll Monday – will host either Minnesota or Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday evening at Indianapolis.

Kaminsky is the eighth Badger to be named first-team All-Big Ten during Ryan's 13 seasons, and the first since Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer in 2011. Those eight players have combined for 11 first-team all-conference honors, which is tied with Ohio State for the most of any team in the Big Ten during that era.

Kaminsky was joined on the first team by Michigan's Nik Stauskas, the conference's player of the year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection), Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Nebraska's Terran Petteway. The media and the coaches had the same first-team selections.

"I'm honored that people think I'm worthy of first-team All-Big Ten and I'm happy that I'm able to contribute to the team success we're having," Kaminsky said in a statement. "When you come into the program you hear all about the great players who have come before you and made Wisconsin what it is. I'm humbled to be in that company."

Kaminsky leads the Badgers in scoring at 13.4 points per game, raising his scoring average 9.2 points per game this season after averaging just 4.2 points per contest a year ago, the third-largest increase in the Big Ten. The junior was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week, once after pouring in a UW single-season record 43 points against North Dakota and again after recording his first career double-double (25 points, 11 rebounds) at Michigan.

Kaminsky averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over the final seven games, leading Wisconsin (25-6, 12-6 Big Ten) to a top four finish and a bye in the conference tournament for the 13th straight year under Ryan.

Hayes is the second Badgers player to earn Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors, joining Jason Bohannon (2008). A four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree, Hayes reached double figures 10 times, including eight in Big Ten play, while coming off the bench.

Hayes also led all freshman in field goal percentage (.546) during Big Ten play and ranking third overall in the conference. His 9.8 points per game average during Big Ten play ranked second to only Noah Vonleh (11.0 ppg), the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

"It's always great when you can receive an individual honor but I couldn't have done it without my teammates so I look at this as a team award," Hayes said in a statement. "Team success is always important and to be recognized as one of the conference's best reserves is an honor I will share with my teammates."

Along with being tabbed an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, Gasser becomes just the second player in Wisconsin men's basketball history to be twice named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, joining Michael Flowers (2007 and 2008). In addition to defensive team honors, Gasser also led the Big Ten at the free throw line (.879) and beyond the arc (.492) during Big Ten play.

Dekker averaged 12.9 points per game, while grabbing 6.2 rebounds per contest during the regular season. The sophomore reached double figures in 24 of his 31 games this season, while earning five double-doubles.

Brust became just the 12th player during the Bo Ryan era to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau at UW, while also climbing the charts for single-season 3-pointers made (74), a record he set last season (79).

A two-year starter at the point guard position, Jackson ranks fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game (3.9) and is fifth on the team, averaging 10.8 points to go along with 3.6 boards per contest.

Michigan coach, John Beilein, was named the coach of the year by the media. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was named the coach of the year by his peers.

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