Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery made his feelings known after senior guard Matt Gatens didn’t make first-team all-Big Ten or the conference’s all-defensive team.
McCaffery voiced his shock and disappointment on his radio call-in show Monday night and again Tuesday while addressing the media.
“Obviously, I thought he was a first-team guy, I voted him there,” McCaffery said of the 6-foot-5 Gatens, who finished the regular season as Iowa’s leading scorer with a 15.7 per-game average. “I think that’s where he belongs. He’s one of the five best players in the league.
“He should have been on the all-defensive team. No question about that.”
McCaffery said it would be hard to remove any of the players that made first-team all-Big Ten because they were all deserving.
As for the all-defensive team, well, that’s a different story according to McCaffery.
“A couple guys on there I think I could go around,” McCaffery said without being specific.
Gatens took the diplomatic approach when asked Tuesday if he was disappointed. He was named to the second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches.
“I appreciate coach saying how much he thinks I deserved it,” Gatens said. “And I’ve had a lot of input from fans and friends saying I deserved it.
“But there are a lot of good players in this league, and I know it’s a tough decision for the coaches to choose the five best.”
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