Sean Merriman, web editor, July 10, 2015

Several former Big Ten basketball players are set to take place in the second annual "The Basketball Tournament," which kicks off today with the South and West Regional rounds.

A total of 97 teams will play in the tournament, with the winning team taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize.

What a fun event, right?

That got me wondering what a team for every Big Ten school would look like?

In order to do this, I chose a group of five players from every Big Ten school who I think would make the best 5-on-5 team today. The conditions are that they can not currently be in college, and they must have played at a Big Ten school.

Here's a look at what every Big Ten school's team would look like.


G: Deron Williams
G: Dee Brown
G: Luther Head
F: Brian Cook
C: Meyers Leonard

Why these five: Williams, Brown and Head formed what will go down as one of the best backcourts in Big Ten history during their time at Illinois, and all three can still play at an elite level. Cook had a solid NBA career and is now playing in Japan. He could team up with Leonard down low to create a great 1-2 punch.  This team has good scoring, speed and height, which is a recipe for success.


G: Jordan Hulls
G: Eric Gordon
F: Victor Oladipo
F: Noah Vonleh
C: Cody Zeller

Why these five: Gordon, Oladipo, Vonleh and Zeller were easy choices. Choosing a point guard was tough, but I ended up siding with Hulls because he can also provide 3-point shooting. This team is loaded with scorers as Gordon and Oladipo are both big-time scorers in the NBA today. Vonleh and Zeller would be a tremendous 1-2 duo down low. This very-well could be the most complete team.


G: Roy Devyn Marble
G: Matt Gatens
F: Aaron White
F: Melsahn Basabe
F: Reggie Evans

Why these five: This is a solid team that has three current NBA players in Marble, White and Evans, as well as two guys who currently play overseas. Marble, White and Gatens would be the primary scorers on this team, while Basabe and Evans will man the action down low and clean up on the glass. This is a solid team.


G: Steve Blake
G: Greivis Vasquez
G: D.J. Strawberry
F: Dez Wells
C: Alex Len

Why these five: Maryland's team is loaded with talent with three players currently in the NBA, and a fourth in Dez Wells, who could make a team as an undrafted free agent. Strawberry currently plays in Greece and would join Vasquez and Wells as elite scorers on this team. Blake would man the point and provide veteran leadership, while Len would provide a solid presence down low.


G: Trey Burke
G: Nik Stauskas
G: Tim Hardaway Jr.
F: Glenn Robinson III
F: Mitch McGary

Why these five: How fitting that Michigan's team would be the same group that led the Wolverines to the 2013 national championship game. All five of these players are currently in the NBA, and all five are 23-years-old or younger. Based on youth and experience playing together as a unit, it would be hard to pick against Michigan.


G: Kalin Lucas
G: Gary Harris
F: Draymond Green
F: Zach Randolph
C: Adreian Payne

Why these five: Good luck stopping the trio of Green, Randolph and Payne down low. Add in two lights out shooters in Lucas and Harris, and you have the makings of a team that would be pretty hard to beat. Harris, Green, Randolph and Payne are all currently in the NBA, while Lucas has bounced in and out of the league. How fun would a Michigan-Michigan State matchup be?


G: Andre Hollins
G: Austin Hollins
F: Rodney Williams
F: Trevor Mbakwe
C: Kris Humphries

Why these five: This is a solid team from top to bottom, featuring four guys who played at Minnesota over the past four years, and an NBA forward in Humphries. Both Andre and Austin Hollins can shoot it from deep, while Williams was one of the top athletes in the Big Ten over the past decade. Mbakwe and Humphries are both outstanding rebounders who can score down low as well.


G: Bo Spencer
G: Dylan Talley
G: Terran Petteway
F: Brandon Ubel
C: Aleks Maric

Why these five: Nebraska's five-man team would be a sneaky-good group. All five of these guys had standout careers during their time in Lincoln, including Petteway, who is attempting to make an NBA team this year as an undrafted free agent.


G: Michael "Juice" Thompson
G: Craig Moore
F: Drew Crawford
F: Kevin Coble
F: John Shurna

Why these five: For a team that has never made an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Wildcats could put together a really good 5-on-5 team in this tournament. All five of these guys were standout players for the Wildcats and all five bring separate aspects of the game to the table. One thing is for sure… This team can certainly shoot the rock.


G: Mike Conley
G: Aaron Craft
G: Evan Turner
F: Jared Sullinger
F: Kosta Koufus

Why these five: This is another team that would be loaded with talent, including Conley, who is arguably the top guard from the Big Ten playing in the NBA today. Turner, Sullinger and Koufus are all in the midst of solid NBA careers, while Craft could make the jump to the league this year after spending last season in the developmental league. With Conley and Turner's scoring, Craft's defense, and Sullinger and Koufus on the glass, this team would be awfully tough to top.


G: Tim Frazier
G: Taylor Battle
G: D.J. Newbill
G: Jermaine Marshall
F: Jamelle Cornley

Why these five: If you were to make up a list of the greatest Penn State basketball players of all time, Frazier, Battle and Newbill would all have to be considered. All three of them are also elite scorers and all under the age of 27. Add in Marshall, a solid guard himself, and Cornley, a big man who loves to mix it up, and you have the making of a really solid team.


G: Chris Kramer
G: E'Twaun Moore
F: Robbie Hummel
F: Carl Landry
C: JaJuan Johnson

Why these five: Purdue fans will always remember the incredible 2007 recruiting class, which featured Moore, Hummel and Johnson. Those three were nothing short of outstanding during their time at Purdue, and all three are playing basketball professionally right now. Chris Kramer was a lock-down defender during his time in West Lafayette and is currently playing overseas in Germany. Landry has had a solid NBA career as he gets ready to enter his ninth season in the league.


G: Myles Mack
G: Quincy Douby
F: Kadeem Jack
F: J.R. Inman
C: Hamady Ndiaye

Why these five: Douby and Ndiaye were standout players at Rutgers and both have spent time playing in the NBA. Mack and Jack were a phenomenal 1-2 punch for the Scarlet Knights last season and would be a joy to watch play together in a tournament like this. Inman enjoyed a solid four-year career at Rutgers, averaging more than 12 points and seven rebounds in his sophomore and junior seasons.


G: Devin Harris
G: Alando Tucker
F: Sam Dekker
F: Jon Leuer
C: Frank Kaminsky

Why these five: This team is stacked with talent from top to bottom, led by two NBA veterans (Harris and Leuer), two NBA rookie first round picks (Dekker and Kaminsky), and Tucker, who is currently playing overseas and had one of the best careers in Wisconsin basketball history. All five of these guys can shoot, and a front line of Dekker (6-9), Leuer (6-10) and Kaminsky (7-0) would be as big as any in this tournament. This would be a fun team to watch play.