Jess Settles, BTN Basketball Analyst, January 26, 2015

Is any player hotter than Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell? Probably not.

Russell took home Big Ten Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, this after two all-around and dominating performances in wins at Northwestern and vs. then-No. 23 Indiana.

The efforts move Russell to No. 3 in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Check out my full rankings below.


1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Kaminsky scored 16 points, pulled down five rebounds, and handed out six assists as Wisconsin flirted with the perfect game in a home trouncing of Iowa. The Badgers turned the ball over once on a shot clock violation. In a scare at Michigan, he took over late and scored eight of his 22 points in overtime, keeping the Badgers on top of the Big Ten.
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Last week: 1

2. Terran Petteway, Nebraska. It was judgment week in Lincoln, and due to Pettaway?s confidence, Nebraska passed both tests. Pettaway scored 43 total points, including a season-high 32 vs. Michigan State, in a pair of wins.
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Last week: 2

3. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell was scary good this week. He dropped a career-high – and clutch – 33 points on the road against Northwestern, and followed it up with a 22-point, 10-assist and six-rebound effort in a big win against hot Indiana Did you realize the freshman guard led the Buckeyes in rebounding in both wins?!
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Last week: 5

4. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. Newbill continues to muscle his way through and around weaker guards to lead the league in scoring at 23.1 points per game. He had a great line (23 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals & zero turnovers) vs. Rutgers to lead Penn State to its first Big Ten win.
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Last week: 3

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell looked like a young Isiah Thomas, at times, during Indiana?s offensive explosion against Maryland. He buried 7-of-8 from beyond the arc against in the impressive win. His accuracy continued at Ohio State, where he hit 6-of-11 treys in the loss.
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Last week: 8

6. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Trimble poured in 27 points to help Maryland erase a 14-point deficit and pull out a last-second home win vs. pesky Northwestern. The freshman point guard is fifth in scoring and third in steals in Big Ten play.
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Last week: 7

7. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. The Big Ten?s leading rebounder (12.3) has to become more of a threat at the offensive end, or Michigan State and Dawson are going to continue to slip.
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Last week: 6

8. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. The forward is averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds for the best team in the Big Ten. An underrated stat: Dekker, a career 48.5 percent shooter, is shooting 55 percent in conference play.
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Last week: 10

9. Aaron White, Iowa. It was a painful week, literally and figuratively, for White and Iowa. Not only did the senior suffer a stinger Saturday, limiting him to seven minutes, the Hawkeyes lost at Wisconsin and Purdue. White is day-to-day and will be reevaluated Wednesday, according to Iowa.
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Last week: 4

10. Shavon Shields, Nebraska. Shields has been exceptional in Big Ten Play. The best rebounding guard in the conference (6.3 9th) is also seventh in scoring (15.9).
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Last week: NR