Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, October 30, 2014
With the college basketball season just around the corner, CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish recently released a list of his top 100 players for 2014-15. The list features 11 Big Ten players, headlined by Wisconsin's duo of Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, who come in at No. 4 and 5 on the list, respectively.
"Dekker grew two or three inches in the offseason, which undeniably helped his NBA stock," Parrish said. "It's hard to pick between him and his slightly taller teammate. But, either way, the bottom line is this: Wisconsin might have the nation's best 1-2 punch."
Following Dekker and Kaminsky is another top-notch scorer, Michigan's Caris LeVert. The Wolverines' 6-foot-6 shooting guard comes in at No. 8 on Parrish's list.
"The junior (12.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.9 APG) has the most ever-coveted upside of anyone on this list, I think," said CBSSports.com writer Matt Norlander. "His usage rate is probably going to surge, and if Derrick Walton runs the Michigan offense well, LeVert will benefit in big ways."
Here is a complete look at where all 11 Big Ten players land on the list:
4. Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin
5. Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin
8. Caris LeVert, G, Michigan
17. Terran Petteway, G, Nebraska
29. Branden Dawson, F, Michigan State
39. Yogi Ferrell, G, Indiana
44. D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State
59. Aaron White, F, Iowa
67. Dez Wells, G, Maryland
71. Andre Hollins, G, Minnesota
90. A.J. Hammons C, Purdue
Other Big Ten players who deserve consideration: Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), D.J. Newbill (Penn State), DeAndre Mathieu (Minnesota), Rayvonte Rice (Illinois), Shavon Shields (Nebraska).