With a couple weeks left in the regular season, there’s a new No. 1 in my latest Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker. That man is Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, who knocks Devyn Marble out of the top spot. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
1. Terran Petteway, Nebraska – 45%, 18.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.7 blk. If people still aren’t buying Petteway as a top candidate here, well, I’m not sure what more he can do. The Big Ten’s leading scorer has poured in 29, 26 and 23 points the last three games and is averaging 22.2 during Nebraska’s five-game winning streak. Put Indiana, Michigan State or Ohio State on his jersey, and he’d be getting a lot more POY chatter.
Last week: No. 2
2. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 49%, 17.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg. It sure looks like Stauskas is over his slump. Even with the five-game funk, in which he averaged 10.2 points and three turnovers, the sophomore has Michigan in first place. Even better: Stauskas has torched his rivals. In three games against Michigan State and Ohio State, all wins, he’s shooting 59 percent and averaging 19.7 points.
Last week: No. 4
3. Devyn Marble, Iowa – 41%, 16.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg. Relax, Iowa fans. Yes, I’m aware Marble just registered a sweet 21-point, 11-assist effort. Thing is, Marble was on top of my list the previous two weeks because he was the best player on what looked like a Big Ten title contender. Iowa is on the outside looking in following Saturday’s home loss to Wisconsin, which dropped it to 2-5 vs. ranked foes this season.
Last week: No. 1
4. Gary Harris, Michigan State – 42%, 17.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg. A week ago in this space, I urged Harris to start attacking the basket and stop shooting so many 3-pointers. He promptly went out and drained 10-of-22 (45 percent) from distance at Purdue and Michigan. I’ve got nothing to critique this week.
Last week: No. 3
5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana – 42%, 17.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg. The Hoosiers have lost six of their last nine games, however Ferrell is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 assists during the team’s extended rough patch. It needs to be said again, Ferrell’s assist numbers would be much better if he had more consistent scorers around him.
Last week: No. 5
Others considered: Aaron White, Iowa; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin.
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