Big Ten Player Rankings: Andre Hollins debuts, Melo Trimble returns

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Big Ten Player Rankings: Andre Hollins debuts, Melo Trimble returns

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. The top two names are no-brainers, but who else lands on the list?

See my Big Ten Player Rankings below.

1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. His stock for Big Ten Player of the Year, National Player of the Year and as a NBA draft pick continues to rise along with No. 4 Wisconsin. He averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds in quality wins at Nebraska and vs. Illinois.
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Last week: 1

2. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell’s streak of claiming Big Ten Player of the Week and/or Big Ten Freshman of the Week ended at four, but he’s still filling it up and being mentioned as the top overall draft pick.
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Last week: 2

3. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. It was a brilliant week for the Indiana magician in a narrow loss at Maryland and a blowout win vs. Minnesota. Ferrell dished out 17 assists, including a career-high 11 vs. the Gophers, and recorded just four turnovers. If you turn the channel for even a minute, you might miss something magical.
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Last week: 4

4. D.J. Newbill. Penn State. His 25 points at home against Maryland weren’t quite enough, and that’s been the story for Penn State for most of the conference season.
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Last week: 3

5. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. Tom Izzo told Dawson to “man up” late in the Ohio State game after fading away from contact. Dawson responded on his way to a 15-point, 11-rebound, four-assist and five-block effort to help the Spartans record their first win over a ranked team.
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Last week: 6

6. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. Dekker matched a career-high with 22 points at Nebraska, to go along with eight rebounds. The junior forward is shooting 54 percent and averaging 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in Big Ten play.
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Last week: 5

7. A.J. Hammons, Purdue. Hammons was dominant at Rutgers, going for 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and four blocks. He wasn’t bad vs. Nebraska, either, pulling down 12 rebounds, which tied a season high. Hammons and Purdue continue to get better.
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Last week: 9

8. Aaron White, Iowa. It was another bizarre week for White and the Hawkeyes, who lost vs. Minnesota and at Northwestern, which had dropped its previous 10 games. White struggled in the defeats, shooting 6-of-22 (27 percent), although he did pull down 13 rebounds in Sunday’s loss in Evanston.
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Last week: 7

9. Andre Hollins, Minnesota. It’s time recognize Minnesota’s star senior. He started Big Ten play slowly, scoring single digits in three of the first five games, but he’s averaged 21.3 points and shot a staggering 53 percent in the last eight games.
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Last week: NR

10. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Remember when Trimble recently went two games without making a basket and scoring seven total points? Seems like a long time ago. The fantastic freshman is right back on top of his game, making 17 of his last 30 field goals (57 percent) and averaging 19.3 points in the three games since.
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Last week: NR

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