Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 7, 2014

If it?s Friday, that means it?s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State?s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised?

Ben Jones,

Gary Harris. Key player on a good team. Scoring and playing in an offense for a demanding coach. Being mentally capable is key for No. 1 pick.

Mike Pegram,

Gary Harris. Impacts games at both ends. Easy choice.

Jeff Svoboda, Buckeye Sports Bulletin:

I'd go with Tim Frazier. Does it all — scores efficiently, distributes, even rebounds. Just a great all-around player. Love guys like that.

Brendan Quinn,

Gary Harris. Nik Stauskas might be MVP, but Harris is clearly the best overall player.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune:

Gary Harris. Only flaw in his game is so-so long-range shooting.

Michael Rand, Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Tough one! I'd take Nik Stauskas. I trust him most from three-point range, and that's the name of the game these days.

Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald:

Gary Harris. Great skills and intangibles.

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