Jess Settles, BTN Basketball Analyst, December 29, 2014

It?s Monday, and that means it?s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

How do I stack up the conference's top players as we prepare to enter Big Ten play, starting Tuesday night?

See my latest list below.


1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. It was another great week for Kaminsky and the Badgers. Kaminsky scored 14 points in a quality, RPI building road win at Cal. Then, in his final tune-up before conference play, he torched Buffalo for 25 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in a Player of the Year performance.
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Last week: 1

2. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell is playing his best basketball heading into conference play. After scoring 20 critical points in an upset of then-No. 23 Butler, he hit back-to-back 3-pointers to send the game against Georgetown to overtime. Although the Hoosiers came up short, Yogi finished with 27 points and he will be a handful for Nebraska on Wednesday.
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Last week: 3

3. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. Newbill scored 17 points against Dartmouth in Penn State?s final non-conference game. His 21.4 points a game leads the Big Ten, but he?ll need to be at his best when the Nittany Lions visit Wisconsin on Wednesday.
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Last week: 2

4. Terran Petteway, Nebraska. Pettaway reached double figures for the 23rd straight game with a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against Ohio. The Huskers went 2-1 in Hawaii and now host Indiana on opening night.
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Last week: 4

5. Rayvonte Rice, Illinois. In limited minutes against cupcake Kennesaw State, Rice stayed hot with 21 points. The talented guard took seven shots in the game and made them all. His battle with Caris LeVert and Michigan on Tuesday is must-see TV.
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Last week: 5

6. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell attempted six 3-pointers against Wright State and didn?t miss one on his way to 24 points. He gets his first taste of Big Ten play at home against Iowa. If he can improve his defense, the Buckeyes and Russell will be lethal this season.
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Last week: 7

7. James Blackmon Jr., Indiana. Blackman blew up with six three pointers in an overtime loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Garden on his way to 22 points. Next up, a shoot out with Terran Petteway and Nebraska in Lincoln.
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Last week: 6

8. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. Scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds in Wisconsin?s final non-conference win against Buffalo. Dekker and fellow forward Nigel Hayes are the perfect complement to Kaminksy.
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Last week: 8

9. Jake Layman, Maryland. Layman scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds against Oakland. Layman and point guard Melo Trimble have been spectacular for Maryland as Dez Wells continues to work his way back. The Terps get welcomed to the Big Ten in East Lansing Tuesday in what should be a war.
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Last week: 10

10. Aaron White, Iowa. White bounced back from one his worst games ever, with one his best, scoring 23 points, pulling down nine rebounds, and coming up with five steals in a win against North Florida.
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Last week: NR

Honorable mention: Caris LeVert, Michigan; Shavon Shields, Nebraska; Melo Trimble, Maryland; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State; Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Dez Wells, Maryland, Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Branden Dawson, (injured)