Merriman: My Mount Rushmore of B1G hoops players

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Merriman: My Mount Rushmore of B1G hoops players

Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history.

With that said, we wanted to make it a little easier for you. In honor of Presidents Day, here is my team-by-team breakdown of who would make Mount Rushmore.

Big Ten Mount Rushmore (All Time)
Magic Johnson, Michigan State, 1977-1999
Jerry Lucas, Ohio State, 1959-1962
Glen Rice, Michigan, 1985-1989
Isiah Thomas, Indiana, 1979-1981

Illinois
Nick Anderson, SG, 1987-1989
Dee Brown, PG, 2002-2006
Nick Weatherspoon, SF, 1970-1973
Deron Williams, PG, 2002-2005

Indiana
Steve Alford, PG, 1983-1987
Calbert Cheaney, SF, 1989-1993
Scott May, SF, 1972-1976
Isiah Thomas, PG, 1979-1981

Iowa
B.J. Armstrong, PG, 1985-1989
Ronnie Lester, PG, 1976-1980
Roy Marble, SG, 1986-89
Herb Wilkinson, SG, 1944-1947

Michigan
Trey Burke, PG, 2011-2013
Glen Rice, SG, 1985-1989
Cazzie Russell, SF, 1963-1966
Chris Webber, PF, 1991-1993

Michigan State
Mateen Cleaves, PG, 1996-2000
Magic Johnson, PG, 1977-1979
Shawn Respert, SG, 1990-1995
Scott Skiles, PG, 1982-1986

Minnesota
Jim Brewer, PF, 1970-1973
Bobby Jackson, PG, 1995-1997
Kevin McHale, PF, 1976-1980
Mychal Thompson, PF, 1974-1978

Nebraska
Dave Hoppen, C, 1982-1986
Tyronn Lue, PG, 1995-1998
Eric Piatkowski, SF, 1990-1994
Andre Smith, C, 1977-1981

Northwestern
Evan Eschmeyer, C, 1995-1999
Billy McKinney, PG, 1973-1977
John Shurna, PF, 2008-2012
Michael Thompson, PG, 2007-2011

Ohio State
John Havlicek, SF, 1959-1962
Jim Jackson, SG, 1989-1992
Jerry Lucas, C, 1959-1962
Evan Turner, SF, 2007-2010

Penn State
Talor Battle, PG, 2007-2011
Frank Brickowski, PF, 1977-1981
Calvin Booth, C, 1995-1999
Joe Crispin, PG, 1997-2001

Purdue
Terry Dischinger, SF, 1959-1962
Rick Mount, SG, 1967-1970
Glenn Robinson, SF, 1992-1994
John Wooden, SG, 1929-1932

Wisconsin
Michael Finley, SG, 1991-1995
Devin Harris, PG, 2001-2004
Alando Tucker, SF, 2002-2007
Wes Matthews, PG, 1977-1980

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.
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