While analysts across the nation are busy compiling their super-early 2014-15 hoops polls, I thought I’d go with a more exact-inexact exercise and share my top five 2014-15 breakout candidates. You know the names from this season, but they’re certain to be even bigger names next season.
As the Big Ten hoops season comes down the final stretch, the play of several freshmen could make-or-break a team’s NCAA Tournament chances. Be it on the offensive or defensive end on the court, there are plenty of Big Ten freshmen who have made their presence felt.
Find out more about: Nigel Hayes, Noah Vonleh
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shared Player of the Week honors, while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes claimed Freshman of the Week.
Iowa pummeled Michigan on Saturday with an offensive attack that’s as good as we’ve seen this season.
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (Player of the Week) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (Freshman of the Week) took home the latest hardware. Read more about both players in this post.
Find out more about: Aaron Craft, Nigel Hayes
Just a freshman, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is as good as it gets when it comes to a soundbite in the Big Ten. Hayes is an engaging interview who tells the truth, has a good sense of humor and boasts a great delivery. The Badger showed all of those qualities in his BTN postgame interview following No. 24 Wisconsin’s win at Illinois on Tuesday. He even told us that he has a move called “Chocolate Tornado,” and that he stole it from Shaq. Watch it in this post.
Find out more about: Gone Viral, Nigel Hayes
It would be tough to find anyone with knowledge of college basketball who would argue against the Big Ten being among the top conferences in the country this year. We are in early January, and already, the conference features nine teams with double-digit wins, five of which are currently ranked in the AP Top 25 poll.