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Bryant McIntosh named to Big Ten All-Freshman team

He is NU's first representative on the team since Dave Sobolewski in 2012.

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Northwestern point guard Bryant McIntosh was named to the Big Ten's first team all-freshman team Monday, sharing the honor with Indiana's James Blackmon, Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, Maryland's Melo Trimble and Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate.

McIntosh is the first NU player to earn first team all-freshman since Dave Sobolewski in 2012. Ironically, McIntosh now starts over Sobolewski at point guard.

While he has been worn down recently — coach Chris Collins noted this after NU's loss to Iowa that ended the regular season — McIntosh has had an exceptional freshman year, helping revive an Wildcats offense that was the worst in the Big Ten and one of the worst in the country in 2013-14. This year, the NU offense ranks 82nd nationally in offensive efficiency and ninth in the Big Ten in conference play.

McIntosh's statistics are impressive as well. He has played more minutes than anyone else, but also has 11.4 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. He has an offensive rating of 101.2, an assist rate of 32.3 (55th nationally), and effective field goal percentage of 48.4% and a free throw percentage of 84.4%.