Sean Merriman, web editor, November 15, 2014

College basketball is back! Big Ten teams posted an impressive 10-1 record to open the college hoops season. In addition to several outstanding games, there were also plenty of exceptional individual performances.

Here is a look at my top Big Ten individual performances from opening night of the college basketball season.

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. The Badgers' senior big man picked up right where he left off last season. Kaminsky had a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds in Wisconsin's 62-31 victory over Northern Kentucky. This guy is my early leader for Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana. This talented freshman is as good as advertised. Blackmon Jr. had quite a college debut, pouring in 25 points on 7-10 shooting in Indiana's 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State. This kid is a special player.

Travis Trice, Michigan State. The Spartans' starting point guard was one of the lone bright spots for Tom Izzo's club on Friday night. Trice scored a career-high 25 points and added five assists as the Spartans sweated out a 64-59 win over Navy. Don't be surprised if Trice ends up leading the Spartans in scoring this season.

Rayvonte Rice, Illinois. Rice was all over the court on Friday night. He scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in Illinois' 80-71 victory over Georgia Southern. This guy has All-Big Ten potential.

Alex Olah, Northwestern. The Wildcat's 7-0 center took over in this game, scoring 18 of his 21 points in the second half and adding 10 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 65-58 win over Houston Baptist.

D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell is not only one of the best freshmen in the Big Ten, he is one of the top first-year players in the entire country. This talented guard had 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the Buckeyes' 92-55 victory over UMass-Lowell. This kid is as talented as any player in the conference.

Andre Hollins, Minnesota. Hollins was impressive on Friday night, posting a team-best 22 points in Minnesota's 81-68 loss to Louisville. He forms one of the top backcourts in the conference with senior DeAndre Mathieu.

Dez Wells, Maryland. This talented senior posted a game-high 18 points while leading Big Ten newcomer Maryland to an impressive 82-48 win over Wagner on Friday night. Wells has the talent to be one of the top scorers in the Big Ten this season.

Aaron White, Iowa. The Hawkeyes' forward scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Iowa to an impressive 90-56 victory over Hampton on Friday night. White also added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in the win.