By Justin Keller

 

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Trey Burke; University of Michigan

Big Ten Player of the Year

The Wolverines’ sophomore point guard beat out Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller from Indiana, and Deshaun Thomas along with Aaron Craft from Ohio State in the running for Big Ten Player of the Year. Burke averaged 19.2 points per game, 6.7 assists per game, and had a .485 field goal percentage. As a bonus, Burke had 12 games of 20 points or more with eight of those games coming against Big Ten teams. He helped lead Michigan to a 26-6 record and the number 6 team in the nation.

Victor Oladipo; Indiana University

Big Ten Defensive Player of The Year

The Hoosiers’ junior shooting guard won the Big Ten defensive player of the year award without much opposition. Oladipo averaged 13.7 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and had a fantastic, .614 field goal percentage. He also led the Big Ten in steals, averaging 2.23 steals per game. He was a major factor in helping Indiana hold on to a number one ranking for a large portion of the season.

Deshaun Thomas; Ohio State University

Big Ten Scoring Leader

Junior forward Deshaun Thomas had a great season offensively, and as a result, was a finalist for the Big Ten player of the year award and is also a Wooden Award finalist. Thomas led the big ten in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds per game. His contributions helped Ohio State pick up key victories against Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Cody Zeller; Indiana University

2nd in Big Ten in Rebounds and Field Goal Percentage

Seven foot sophomore Power Forward/ Center, Cody Zeller,  was one of the main forces behind Indiana’s great success. Zeller averaged 16.8 points per game. He finished second in the Big Ten in rebounds and field goal percentage, with 8.1 rebounds per game and a .570 field goal percentage. The only person in the  Big Ten superior to Zeller in these categories is teammate Victor Oladipo.

Aaron Craft; Ohio State University

2nd in Big Ten in Steals and Assists

The Buckeyes’ junior point guard Aaron Craft, thrived this year on making his teammates better. He was one of the reasons that teammate Deshaun Thomas led the Big Ten in scoring. Craft was second in the Big Ten with 4.5 assists per game. He was also second in steals with an average of 2.00 steals per game. When Craft is in sync with Thomas, they are a lethal combination.

There are other notable players in the Big Ten, such as Michigan State’s Adreian Payne who was fourth in rebounding and field goal percentage, and Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan who made the All Big Ten first team.

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