Predict it: 2013-14 Big Ten stat leaders

Yesterday, I took a stab at my way-too-early 2013-14 All-Big Ten teams. Today, it’s time to take a way-too-early look at next season’s Big Ten statistical leaders. From scoring to steals, I offer the top candidates for each category and pick my winners. You have a say, as well. Choose your winner for each category in the polls in this post.

INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

SCORING
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Devyn Marble, Iowa
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
Dark horse: Terone Johnson, Purdue

My winner: Drew Crawford – People are sleeping on Crawford, whether it be that he plays for Northwestern or is coming off injury. Fact is, the fifth-year senior can put the ball in the basket. Another thing: Crawford, unlike the other leading contenders, doesn’t have a lot of competition for points on his team.

REBOUNDS
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Ross Travis, Penn State
Aaron White, Iowa
Dark horse: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

My winner: Mitch McGary, Michigan – We all saw what McGary is capable of during Michigan’s run to the national title game, averaging 10.7 rebounds in six tourney games. With his motor and style of play, he’ll get his hands on a ton of rebounds as a full-timer.

ASSISTS
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Ronnie Johnson, Purdue
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
Dark horse: Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

My winner: Tim Frazier, Penn State – Frazier averaged 6.2 assists in 2011-12, and that’s when he didn’t have any help around him. He has proven weapons now – D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall are the Big Ten’s two leading returning scorers – and he’ll probably look to distribute even more following last season’s Achilles’ injury.

BLOCKS
Melsahn Basabe, Iowa
Nnanna Egwu, Illinois
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Amir Williams, Ohio State
Dark horse: Adam Woodbury, Iowa

My winner: A.J. Hammons, Purdue – Hardly a bold prediction here, I know. Hammons’ 67 blocks as a freshman trailed only Wisconsin senior Jared Berggren (73). Plain and simple, the long and athletic Boilermaker will be a shot-blocking and shot-altering beast.

STEALS
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Austin Hollins, Minnesota
Shannon Scott, Ohio State
Dark horse: Ray Gallegos, Nebraska

My winner: Aaron Craft, Ohio State – When it comes to steals, there’s Craft and everyone else. Yes, teammate Shannon Scott is a pest on the defensive end, as well, but it’s nearly impossible not to go with the guy who averages 2.2 steals per game.

3-POINTERS
Ben Brust, Wisconsin
Ray Gallegos, Nebraska
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Dark horse: Drew Crawford, Northwestern*

My winner: Ray Gallegos, Nebraska – Gallegos isn’t the most efficient shooter, but he has the brightest green light in the Big Ten. Heck, the guy shot 271 treys this past season – an average of 8.2 (!) per game – so he’s sure to hit a bundle of triples.

* — Originally had Penn State’s Jermaine Marshall listed, but he opted to pursue a pro career.

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Hunkahawk on 4/30/2013 @ 11:04pm EST Said:

Iowa will win the Big 10 in basketball
Peter Jok from Iowa will be the newcomer of the year too.

CO_hawk on 5/1/2013 @ 10:25am EST Said:

No one knows who Jok is, way under recruited. We will finally have more than one player that can make his own shot, dangerous next year.

Reality Check on 5/1/2013 @ 10:47am EST Said:

GR3 will dominate the league and Doug will admitt the Izzo era is over

Book it.

Doug on 5/1/2013 @ 6:34pm EST Said:

GR 3 stunk in every big game, Harris will dominate and Mark will realize without Burke saving them, Michigan will falter and go bck to normalacy

misdreavus79 on 5/21/2013 @ 4:08pm EST Said:

Just wanted to point out that Jermaine Marshall is gone from Penn State. Might want to adjust that.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 5/21/2013 @ 4:16pm EST Said:

    Yes, good call. Post was published a while ago, back when Marshall was still a member of Penn State. Thanks.

chuchumutha on 5/21/2013 @ 5:50pm EST Said:

Purdue has 4 candidates in the top 4 categories but is predicted to finish in the bottom third of the league. Hmmmm?