INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Butler senior F Tyler Wideman was named the winner of the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award on Monday, March 5. The BIG EAST Conference head coaches chose winners for other awards and are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Wideman is the third Bulldog (in Butler’s five seasons as a BIG EAST member) to be selected as the Sportsmanship Award recipient. He joins Kellen Dunham (2016) and Alex Barlow (2015).
“Tyler is a tremendous representative of Butler University and our program,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “In addition to the way he carries himself on the court, Tyler is a young man who is a strong role model to those children who he works with on a daily basis. He takes great pride in doing things the right way. We are very proud of him for this recognition.”
Wideman has been an exemplary performer for Butler on and off the court. Off the court, the senior forward has been an intern at a local Jewish Community Center, working with preschool kids, retirees and Special Olympians. He is also a middle school coach and volunteers with teammates to conduct basketball clinics for children with special needs.
On the court, Wideman is averaging 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. He ranks first in the BIG EAST in field goal shooting, making 66.9 percent. He is fifth in blocked shot on Butler’s career list and is on pace to shatter Butler’s single-season and career field goal percentage marks. He has scored in double figures in 12 games so far this season.
For the second straight year, Creighton junior guard Khyri Thomas has earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors after sharing the award last season with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges. Seton Hall sophomore guard Myles Powell has been named BIG EAST Most Improved Player. Villanova sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo was named BIG EAST Sixth Man Award.
The BIG EAST will announce the remaining individual awards: Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and outstanding Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete at a press conference at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The Bulldogs open BIG EAST Tournament play Thursday with a quarterfinal match-up against third-seeded Seton Hall. Butler finished the regular season with a record of 19-12, including a 9-9 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs are the No. 6 in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award
Tyler Wideman, Butler
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Khyri Thomas, Creighton
BIG EAST Most Improved Player
Myles Powell, Seton Hall
BIG EAST Sixth Man Award
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
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Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer and the Butler Athletics beat writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Chris Fultz is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler University Athletics and has full media access.
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