Survey: Who are the five best basketball players in the Big Ten?

Survey: Who are the five best basketball players in the Big Ten?

The Big Ten regular season is drawing to an end, as teams look for some momentum heading into the conference tournament next week in Washington, D.C.

It looks like seven schools will make the NCAA tourney: Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern. And Illinois still has a shot. But who have been the Big Ten’s best players in 2016-17? I asked five media members for their top five Big Ten players, regardless of position.

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Iowa’s Peter Jok and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ appeared on each ballot. Maryland’s Melo Trimble was on four of five, while Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Jr., was on three ballots. Others to receive votes: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Minnesota’s Nate Mason and Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh.

Check out the ballots below:

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune:
Caleb Swanigan, Melo Trimble, Ethan Happ, Peter Jok, Derrick Walton

Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier:
Caleb Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Melo Trimble, Peter Jok, Derrick Walton

Robin Washut,
Caleb Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Derrick Walton, Miles Bridges, Peter Jok

Steve Greenberg, and Chicago Sun-Times:
Caleb Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Peter Jok, Melo Trimble, Bryant McIntosh

Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News:
Caleb Swanigan, Melo Trimble, Ethan Happ, Nate Mason, Peter Jok

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About Tom Dienhart: senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.


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