Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, January 29, 2016
If you had to pick one Big Ten player to take a last-second shot to win a game, who would it be?
I posed the question to those who cover the league.
Jess Settles, BTN: Denzel Valentine. He already has hit many late-game shots in his stellar career. He?s not afraid of the moment and he has the skill set to make a game winner in a variety of ways.
GopherHole.com: Melo Trimble for sure. He's confident, he's got great range and can get a shot off with very little separation. Cold blooded.
Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: I know a lot of people would look to Denzel Valentine because he always seems to play up, but this has not been his year, as of late. I think I would have to look to Jarrod Uthoff at Iowa if I needed that clutch shot to be made. He is leading the Big Ten in scoring, is 48 percent from beyond the arc and it just seems that everything is going down for him this year. While it might not be the most sexy pick out there, I feel it is the correct one.
Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star: Melo Trimble has done it before and he'll do it again. I don't know why you'd go with anyone else. The guy is nails.
Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: Melo Trimble. Can go one-on-one and score in multiple ways, including a 25-footer like he did against Wisconsin.
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff. He's effective inside and out; he's mentally tough; he has size and he's smart. He's not leading the Big Ten in scoring on luck. Just ask Purdue.