Yarina: My preseason basketball lists
As BTN.com editor I watch a lot of Big Ten basketball each season. Here are my selections from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Our senior writer Tom Dienhart posted his similar list over here. Compare and contrast, and leave your selections at the bottom of my post. I’m sure fans have differing views.
1. Indiana. So much depth, so much talent, and so many expectations.
2. Michigan. Only issue is leadership, with Zack Novak and Stu Douglass gone.
3. Michigan State. Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix’s length will give foes fits.
4. Ohio State. Few talk about it, but there’s talent around Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas.
5. Wisconsin. Jared Berggren, Sam Dekker and Ryan Evans form a nice frontcourt.
6. Minnesota. If Rodney Williams continues to improve, Gophers will be a force.
7. Iowa. Defense is an issue, but this is a young, exciting roster.
8. Purdue. Terone Johnson and D.J. Byrd welcome a new bunch of Baby Boilers.
9. Illinois. It’ll be fascinating to see how vets of old regime accept new regime.
10. Northwestern. Drew Crawford and the Wildcats will miss suspended JerShon Cobb.
11. Penn State. As good as he is, Tim Frazier needs a sidekick to emerge.
12. Nebraska. Expect a struggle in Tim Miles’ debut, Devaney Center’s swan song.
Player of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Freshman of the Year: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Coach of the Year: Fran McCaffery, Iowa
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sixth Man of the Year: Will Sheehey, Indiana
My 1st Team
Trey Burke, Michigan
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Cody Zeller, Indiana
My 2nd Team
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
My 3rd Team
Devyn Marble, Iowa
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Christian Watford, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
|BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is part of the editorial team at BTN.com covering football and men’s basketball. He writes the popular feature “Big Ten Clothes Calls“, which focuses Big Ten trends and uniform changes. He also writes “Back & Forth” with BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.|