Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 21, 2015

The Big Ten has some good shooters. Ohio State?s Marc Loving began the week No. 1 in the league in 3-point shooting (.500). Illinois? Rayvonte Rice, Michigan State?s Bryn Forbes and Illinois? Kendrick Nunn are other top marksmen.

So, that brings us to this week?s question: If the game was on the line and you needed to pick one player to take a shot to win a game, who would you select? I asked five writers who cover the Big Ten. Read what they said and then tell us in the comments below who you would pick to take one last shot:

Bob Baptist, Columbus Dispatch: (Wisconsin?s Frank) Kaminsky. He is among field-goal and 3-point field-goal percentage leaders, a senior, the best player in the league, 7-feet and can make shots inside or out. Lotta options.

Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press: Traevon Jackson, when he comes back from his foot injury. He has a knack for the big shot.

Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Would be Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson if healthy. Now … (D?Angelo) Russell of OSU.

Brian Neubert, Gold &Black Illustrated: I'd go with Caris LeVert because of his length and creativity or Yogi Ferrell because of his ability to dribble into jumper, his speed to beat people to the rim and the fact he's a great foul shooter. With LeVert sidelined, that makes an otherwise tough call easy: Yogi.

Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star: I know he's only a freshman, but Maryland's Melo Trimble possesses everything you want in a late-clock situation.


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