Jess Settles, BTN Basketball Analyst, February 9, 2015

The top three of my latest Big Ten Player Rankings remains the same this week. After that, much like the conference race, there's a logjam of very talented candidates.

See my latest top 10 list below.


1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Kaminsky?s play this week was a microcosm of the "Wisconsin Way" under Bo Ryan. In a thumping of Indiana, Big Frank scored 23 points with an impressive array of shots. Against Northwestern?s zone defense, Kaminsky effortlessly worked the high post and found open teammates for high percentage shots, finishing with five assists and only taking seven shots in another blowout win.
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Last week: 1

2. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Russell's line at Rutgers was crazy: 23 points (8–of-13 FG), 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two turnovers. Triple-doubles in college basketball are extremely rare. So is the talent of Russell.
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Last week: 2

3. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. Newbill became the second player in Penn State history to score 500 points in three consecutive seasons. More importantly, Penn State has won three of five.
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Last week: 3

4. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. It?s pretty remarkable what Ferrell and the Hoosiers are accomplishing without a hint of an inside presence. "Small ball" is working, and Ferrell is the reason why. He scored 18 points and dished out six assists in a nailbiter vs. Michigan, and, surprisingly, Indiana is a part of the Big Ten's second-place log jam.
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Last week: 5

5. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. Dekker lived above the rim this week in Wisconsin?s impressive wins over Indiana and Northwestern. He averaged 15 points and 6.5 rebounds as Wisconsin stretched their Big Ten lead to three games.
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Last week: 7

6. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. Dawson is by far the best rebounder in the Big Ten. He is also ranked second in blocks (1.8), third in field goal percentage (58) and sixth in steals.
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Last week: 4

7. Aaron White, Iowa. "Whitey" was all over the court this week, as Iowa played its best ball of the season. The Hawkeyes dominated Michigan and Maryland, and White ran the floor, attacked the paint, rebounded, and literally hung on the rim.
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Last week: 8

8. Terran Petteway, Nebraska. Petteway?s up-and-down season continues. In a home blowout vs. Northwestern, he was incredible, scoring 28 points, pulling down seven rebounds and handing out four assists. In a road loss at Penn State, he was only 1-of-7 from three as Nebraska continues to get worked on the road.
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Last week: 6

9. A.J. Hammons, Purdue. The last five games, Hammons has been on a tear, averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 blocks, while shooting 80 percent from the floor.
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Last week: 10

10. Malcolm Hill, Illinois. The super sophomore continues to shine, averaging 20.3 points during Illinois' three-game winning streak. Hill has scored reached double digits in nine straight games, a span in which he is averaging 17.7 points.
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Last week: NR