Big Ten Player Rankings: Frank Kaminsky isn't moving from top spot

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Big Ten Player Rankings: Frank Kaminsky isn't moving from top spot

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Who lands on my list entering the final week of the regular season? Find out below.

1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. It was vintage Kaminsky against Michigan State (31 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals), as “Frank the Tank” closed out his home career by leading the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title with smooth jumpers, pinpoint passes, and impressive footwork on the low block. After the game, Tom Izzo raved about Kaminsky, saying, “He is the most versatile kid that I think our league has seen in a long, long time.”
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Last week: 1

2. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. No one can guard Russell one-on-one. Russell hit an array of difficult shots and scored 28 points to help lead Ohio State back from a 12-point deficit vs. Purdue. But he saved his best move for last. Down one with 59 seconds to play, Russell froze Rapheal Davis, one of the Big Ten’s toughest defenders, with a playground hesitation move and layup to win the game. Watch it here!
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Last week: 2

3. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. March Madness has started in the Hoosier Nation. Indiana has two golden opportunities to make a statement, with the Hawkeyes and Spartans rolling into Bloomington this week. Yogi will have to continue his strong play, which has him averaging 15.1 points and 5.3 assists in Big Ten play.
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Last week: 3

4. Aaron White, Iowa. White just completed one of the best weeks of his career, averaging 25 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in two victories en route to claiming Big Ten Player of the Week. The senior went 21-of-24 from the free-throw line and added the 3-point shot to his arsenal, hitting three bombs vs. Penn State on his way to a career-high 29 points.
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Last week: 7

5. Melo Trimble, Maryland. It was an impressive week for Maryland and Trimble. He scored 16 steady points in a victory over then-No. 4 Wisconsin, and then netted 19 against Michigan’s depleted squad to complete an undefeated Big Ten home record.
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Last week: 9

6. A.J. Hammons, Purdue. Hammons continues to disrupt offenses with his defensive play, blocking five shots last week against Rutgers and Ohio State. He also got it done on the offensive end, scoring 29 points and shooting 59 percent. Hammons and Purdue have battles this week with Michigan State and Illinois that will determine if they receive a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament.
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Last week: 5

7. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. The Big Ten’s leading rebounder is back in Tom Izzo’s dog house following two disappointing performances vs. Minnesota and at Wisconsin. He came off the bench at Wisconsin and totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds in the two defeats. Michigan State is now on thin ice heading into the final week of the regular season.
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Last week: 4

8. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. Newbill bounced back from his season-low 3-point dud at Northwestern, scoring 19 points in an overtime home loss to Iowa. He also added five rebounds and five dimes, however Penn State has lost seven of its last eight games.
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Last week: 6

9. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. Dekker has been limited to single digits in two of Wisconsin’s last three games, averaging nine points during the span. What Dekker lacked in the scoring department, he made up for on the boards, pulling down nine rebounds in both games last week.
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Last week: 8

10. Dez Wells, Maryland. Wells was brilliant against Wisconsin, exploding for 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists, to go along with zero turnovers. He also scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds on Senior Day vs. Michigan. If Wells can keep his turnovers under control over the next few weeks, Maryland could challenge Wisconsin in the Big Ten tourney.
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Last week: NR

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