Who would be the first pick in a Big Ten Draft?

If it’s Friday, that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State’s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised?

Ben Jones, StateCollege.com:

Gary Harris. Key player on a good team. Scoring and playing in an offense for a demanding coach. Being mentally capable is key for No. 1 pick.

Mike Pegram, Peegs.com:

Gary Harris. Impacts games at both ends. Easy choice.

Jeff Svoboda, Buckeye Sports Bulletin:

I’d go with Tim Frazier. Does it all — scores efficiently, distributes, even rebounds. Just a great all-around player. Love guys like that.

Brendan Quinn, Mlive.com:

Gary Harris. Nik Stauskas might be MVP, but Harris is clearly the best overall player.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune:

Gary Harris. Only flaw in his game is so-so long-range shooting.

Michael Rand, Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Tough one! I’d take Nik Stauskas. I trust him most from three-point range, and that’s the name of the game these days.

Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald:

Gary Harris. Great skills and intangibles.

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