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The sophomore was given the designation by the Big Ten coaches

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The awards just keep on coming.

Shortly after the Big Ten Network finished its hour-long basketball awards show, the conference announced that Iowa’s own Nicholas Baer was named the Big Ten’s sixth man of the year, voted in by the coaches in-conference.

Baer is the third Iowa player to earn the designation since 2006, where Doug Thomas won it in 2006 and Gabe Olaseni getting the nod in 2015.

McCaffery had nothing but praise for Baer in a press release, because of course:

What more can you say about Nicholas Baer? Nicholas gives you everything he has in every practice and every game. He has a tremendous work ethic that is displayed in the stat sheet every game. When Nicholas comes into the game he brings energy, enthusiasm, leadership, and versatility. I am incredibly proud of Nicholas and this achievement and what he means to this team and this program.

Baer joins Peter Jok, who earned first-team all-Big Ten honors and Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon, who each made the all-freshman team for the conference.

We love us some Baer Raid, and Baer Claw, and we look forward to the former walk-on progressing even further in his Iowa career.