Jess Settles, BTN Basketball Analyst, February 2, 2015

It's time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Branden Dawson, fresh off a standout week that earned him co-Big Ten Player of the Week, moves up three spots, to No. 4, and A.J. Hammons, also fresh off a strong week, makes his debut, at No. 10.

See my latest list below.


1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Kaminsky scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a quality road win at Iowa, and continues to be the Big Ten?s most impactful player for the league?s most complete team.
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Last week: 1

2. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell scored 18 points, pulled down an astonishing 14 rebounds, which tied a career-high, handed out six dimes and came up with two steals in his highly anticipated battle verses ranked Maryland and fellow freshman sensation Melo Trimble. The Buckeyes and Russell rolled the Terps, as Russell finished with zero turnovers.
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Last week: 3

3. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. Newbill scored 10 of the Nittany Lions' last 14 points and finished with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) to help Penn State hold on for a home victory over Minnesota. He also scored 20 points, doing it from all areas of the floor, in a narrow loss vs. Illinois.
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Last week: 4

4. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. The Big Ten?s leading rebounder played well on both ends of the court this week, averaging 18 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and two blocked shots. His effort earned him Big Ten co-Player of the Week honors.
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Last week: 7

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell seemed to be the only Indiana player who understood that the Indiana-Purdue rivalry game is personal. He poured in 21 points, but the Hoosiers were rolled in West Lafayette. He finished with 14 in a win at home vs. Rutgers, and has led Indiana to a surprising 6-3 conference start.
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Last week: 5

6. Terran Petteway, Nebraska. It was a dreadful week for the Huskers and Petteway, who went 5-of-19 (26 percent) from the field and averaged 8.5 points in a pair of disappointing road losses that saw the Huskers score 44 and 42 points.
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Last week: 2

7. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. In one sequence against Iowa?s pressure defense in the first half, Dekker patiently dribbled to the center of the court, before driving the lane and soaring for a two-fisted jam on Gabe Olaseni and Iowa's defense. It was beautiful. The junior finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
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Last week: 8

8. Aaron White, Iowa. The Iowa senior returned from the stinger that knocked him of the game at Purdue, and he willed his way to 15 points and seven rebounds in 38 minutes against the might Badgers. The stat-stuffer also passed yours truly to take over 8th place on Iowa?s all-time scoring list.
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Last week: 9

9. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Trimble and Maryland took a major step back the last three games, sandwiching a pair of blowouts, at Indiana and Ohio State, with a poor performance that required a Dez Wells last-second tip-in to nip Northwestern at home. Trimble didn?t make a field goal in Columbus, and is now 13-of-51 (25 percent) in Maryland?s five Big Ten road games.
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Last week: 6

10. A.J. Hammons, Purdue. The much-maligned Purdue center was a force this week in victories over Indiana and at Northwestern. Against Indiana, Hammons put up a head-turning 11-point, three-rebound, eight-block effort; at Northwestern, he added 16 points and nine rebounds. Hammons leads the conference in field goal percentage and blocks and is fifth in rebounding.
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Last week: NR