Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 15, 2015

Who is the Big Ten?s toughest player? ?Tough? can be defined in many ways. I asked some conference writers for their choice.

Here's what I got.

Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: I don't think there's a guy who is an Ed Horton-type, whose jersey doesn't fit because of muscles. But Terran Petteway is a guy who does so much right. Proficient in so many areas. You don't look at him in the layup line and shake, but he is your Nebraska scouting report.

Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: MSU's Branden Dawson. Looks like he could play TE in the NFL.

Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times: After much thought, I'm still not sure I'm picking the right guy. This is a tough one. But I think I'll go with Melo Trimble, Maryland. He does so many things well and fights to get to the FT line. He can take over a game, so the opposition has to be ready for everything.

Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Branden Dawson for sure.

Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times: D'Angelo Russell. Has such explosive offensive talent-as a deep shooter, as a penetrator, as a distributor-and no league player will be more difficult to guard come March.

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