Survey Says: Who is the Big Ten's top newcomer?

It’s the weekend, so that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week’s query: Who is the Big Ten’s top newcomer? I’m talking true freshman, redshirt freshman, JC transfers and four-year transfers. There are some good choices. A tough call. I posed the question to seven top-notch scribes who cover the league. Lots of love for Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. Here you go.

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette:

Nebraska’s Terran Petteway. 18 points a game isn’t chicken feed.

Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times:

Don’t care about Nebraska’s record. Just want to watch Terran Petteway play. Bad dude on a serious offensive tear — and what a rebounder.

Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Probably Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. Although Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice and Minnesota’s DeAndre Mathieu have been great.

Bob Baptist, Columbus Dispatch:

Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. He’s nearly averaging a double-double in league play with talent to stretch defenses.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

DeAndre Mathieu from Minnesota. He has given the Gophers a formidable guard trio. He killed UW in the Gophers’ 81-68 victory.

Hondo Carpenter, SpartanNation.com:

Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. Monster upside for future but can have an instant and immediate impact on offense, defense and leadership.

Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune:

Indiana’s Noah Vonleh. Impressive rebounder and post presence with a unique skill set that is coupled with strength.

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