- The Washington Times
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

No Maryland men’s basketball players were named to the Big Ten’s all-conference first, second or third teams on Tuesday. 

Eighteen different Big Ten players were selected to the first, second or third teams by the league’s coaches and media panel, both of which released their only lists. And in the midst of arguably its worst season since the early 1990s, Maryland (15-16, 7-13) fittingly wasn’t represented on either list.

However, two players — guards Fatts Russell and Eric Ayala — did earn honorable mentions. Russell, a senior in his first season with the Terrapins after transferring from Rhode Island, was an honorable mention on both the coaches and media lists. Ayala, the team’s senior leader, was honored by the media but not the coaches. 

Russell is Maryland’s highest scorer at 14.9 points per game. He’s also first on the team in assists (3.6 per game) and made free throws (112). He’s found his groove in conference play, averaging 16.3 points per Big Ten contest, and as the Terrapins have tried to turn their season around — 4-2 in their last six games — Russell has led the way, averaging 20.5 points in that span. 

Ayala, meanwhile, is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game. Leading the team with 72 3-pointers, Ayala is now third all-time in Maryland history with 221 career triples. Ayala was also an honorable mention selection last season. 

Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year. Davis, a sophomore guard, is averaging 20 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Badgers. 

The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday with the first round. The 10th-seeded Terrapins will take on No. 7 Michigan State in the second round on Thursday. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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