Player of the Year Tracker: See our guy's top 5

Now that all but one team (Nebraska) has officially reached the halfway point of the conference hoops season, it’s time unveil the first installment of my weekly Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris tops my first list. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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1. Gary Harris, So., G – 44%, 18.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. Have you heard Michigan State has had an injury-riddled season? Of course, you have. Well, Harris has been the steadying force for the shorthanded Spartans, and he’s chipped in across the board. Most importantly, the sophomore star hasn’t missed any time.

2. Nik Stauskas, So., G – 49%, 17.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.7 apg. Admittedly, had it not been for Sunday’s clunker at Indiana, Stauskas would sit atop this list. The 1-of-6 effort, however, can’t spoil what has been a special season for Stauskas, who is still averaging 17.2 points in Big Ten play, to go along with an eye-popping 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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3. Devyn Marble, Sr., G. – 42%, 16.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg. Marble is the best player on the Big Ten’s deepest team. Everyone knows the senior can score – he’s averaged at least 11.5 points since his sophomore season – but he contributes in every facet of the game and on both ends of the floor.

4. Terran Petteway, So., G/F – 47%, 18.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg. The Texas Tech transfer has been fantastic all season, but he’s averaging 19.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in Big Ten play for the surprising Huskers. He’s been consistent, too, not having scored fewer than 15 points in any league game.

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5. Yogi Ferrell, So., G – 44%, 17.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 apg. Ferrell, not Nik Stauskas, leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers this season. The Indiana point man hit a career-high seven treys last time out vs. Michigan, while also shutting down the aforementioned Stauskas (1-of-6).

Others considered: Aaron White, Iowa; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Tim Frazier, Penn State; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin.

About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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Scott Munson on 2/4/2014 @ 2:40pm EDT Said:

Wow, what a ride Yogi Ferrell has made in the lists of Brent Yarina. From preseason nothing to POY race…how did you miss that one?

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor on 2/4/2014 @ 3:09pm EDT Said:

    Scott – Yogi’s having a very good year. The preseason All-Big Ten snub was more a result of how deep and talented the Big Ten is at G than me thinking he wasn’t any good. The Big Ten has a dozen, if not more, very good guards. There are only so many spots for them. Sure, I could have gotten more creative and had a team with three guards to account for it, but I tried to make them look like a regular starting 5 (G, G, F, F, F/C).

bob on 2/4/2014 @ 3:33pm EDT Said:

thanks for including Devon Marble!

Jose Delgado on 2/4/2014 @ 4:07pm EDT Said:

Everyone knew going into the season that Yogi was, along with Tim Frazier, one of the top two point guards in the B1G with Trey gone. Craft can’t do much and Yogi had outplayed Keith Appling both times IU faced MSU last year (and another 2 times this year). You’re claim that their was only so few sports for G is ridiculous.

John Murphy on 2/4/2014 @ 4:58pm EDT Said:

I’m an IU alum and huge Hoosier fan. That said, it can’t be Yogi until IU is above .500.

AJ Morgan on 2/4/2014 @ 10:39pm EDT Said:

Gary Harris is by far the Big Ten Player of The Year he is still put up 20 points.

Greg Myers on 2/5/2014 @ 11:34am EDT Said:

Aaron Craft!!! He has GOT to be one of the top five players in the league. He is arguably one of the best five players in the NATION!

    marcia on 2/5/2014 @ 12:53pm EDT Said:

    Absolutely – a true college student player. No NBA – carrying a 4.0 and plans on being a doctor.

David K on 2/5/2014 @ 11:37am EDT Said:

Wow, no mention of Aaron Craft, the steady force that is keeping the Buckeyes above water. He’s really had a good overall season..
FG%3P% FT% RPG APG PPG SPG
.479 .382 .742 3.4 4.9 9.4 2.5

marcia on 2/5/2014 @ 12:37pm EDT Said:

Aaron Craft – year after year Mr. Hussle – 100% all the time. Over 310 steals = 620 points.

Jeff on 2/6/2014 @ 1:00pm EDT Said:

Our man Yogi – You’re never as good as your last game (beating UM), nor as bad as in your last losses (Neb&NW). That said, Yogi (and Von Leh) is/are indispensible to IU. As has been Harris to MSU. But to this point, still, the most dynamic of all in the BigTEN, is probably Aaron Craft.

    marcia on 2/6/2014 @ 1:36pm EDT Said:

    Yes