Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 31, 2014

It?s the weekend, so that means it?s time for my weekly survey. This week?s query: Who is the Big Ten?s top newcomer? I?m talking true freshman, redshirt freshman, JC transfers and four-year transfers. There are some good choices. A tough call. I posed the question to seven top-notch scribes who cover the league. Lots of love for Indiana?s Noah Vonleh. Here you go.

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette:

Nebraska?s Terran Petteway. 18 points a game isn't chicken feed.

Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times:

Don't care about Nebraska's record. Just want to watch Terran Petteway play. Bad dude on a serious offensive tear - and what a rebounder.

Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Probably Indiana?s Noah Vonleh. Although Illinois? Rayvonte Rice and Minnesota?s DeAndre Mathieu have been great.

Bob Baptist, Columbus Dispatch:

Indiana?s Noah Vonleh. He?s nearly averaging a double-double in league play with talent to stretch defenses.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

DeAndre Mathieu from Minnesota. He has given the Gophers a formidable guard trio. He killed UW in the Gophers' 81-68 victory.

Hondo Carpenter,

Indiana?s Noah Vonleh. Monster upside for future but can have an instant and immediate impact on offense, defense and leadership.

Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune:

Indiana?s Noah Vonleh. Impressive rebounder and post presence with a unique skill set that is coupled with strength.

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