Yarina: A super-early look at 2014-15 hoops predictions
With Mitch McGary announcing Friday that he will enter the NBA draft, we officially know what each Big Ten team will return for the 2014-15 season. So, naturally, that means it’s time to take a SUPER-early stab at next year’s standings and All-Big Ten teams. See my way-too-early predictions in this post.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
1. Wisconsin – Everyone but Ben Brust is back from the Final Four team.
2. Nebraska – Terran Petteway and a healthy Shavon Shields form a fantastic 1-2 punch.
3. Michigan State – Speaking of 1-2 punches, Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine will be nice.
4. Michigan – Prediction: Zak Irvin or Derrick Walton Jr. will be the B1G’s most improved player.
5. Ohio State – No team welcomes a better or deeper recruiting class.
6. Illinois – This should be John Groce’s best Illini squad.
7. Maryland – The Terps return four double-digit scorers, including former Wolverine Evan Smotrycz.
8. Iowa – It’s Aaron White’s team, and now he needs to become more assertive.
9. Minnesota – The reigning NIT champs lose Austin Hollins, but should have a healthy Andre Hollins.
10. Indiana – The Hoosiers desperately need someone to emerge in the frontcourt.
11. Purdue – Matt Painter should have a team that better fits his style.
12. Northwestern – Can JerShon Cobb finally stay healthy and give Northwestern a full season?
13. Penn State – Brandon Taylor needs to make a huge leap to keep this team out of the cellar.
14. Rutgers – To put it politely, the Scarlet Knights have work to do on defense.
ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
James Blackmon, Indiana
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Aaron White, Iowa
Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
Dez Wells, Maryland
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
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