It has been a great year for the Big Ten conference. There’s a possibility that up to eight of the league’s 14 teams could be dancing in March. But first, the regular season will need to play out and then the Big Ten tournament will decide which team gets to claim the top spot in the league.
Let’s take a look back at the season and decide what players are worthy of being on the All-Big Ten First Team.
Cassius Winston. Michigan State –
Arguably the player of the year in the conference, Winston has dominated in league play. He has carried a banged-up Spartans team to the top of the standings and has done it by scoring and distributing the basketball. He has also been a huge leader for this team that has become one of the scrappiest in the entire country.
Zavier Simpson, Michigan –
The floor general for the Wolverines, Simpson has averaged 6.3 assists and has helped lead his team to a 15 win Big Ten regular season. Even though Simpson is not the greatest shooter, his leadership and tenacity has helped this team accomplish big things.
Carson Edwards, Purdue –
Edwards will never be mistaken for a pass first player. He’s averaged 19.2 shots per game, but his Boilermakers are number 11 in the country for a reason, he can light it up. Averaging a career high 23.4 points per game, Edwards has had huge games when his team has needed it the most. He’s the go-to-guy and has consistently delivered.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin –
It feels like Happ has been in the conference for a decade. That’s mostly because since the day he stepped on the court for Wisconsin, he has been one of the best players in the conference. In his senior year, he has averaged a career high in rebounds (10.1) and has dished out a career high in assists (4.7). Nobody in the conference means more to their team than Happ.
Bruno Fernando, Maryland –
Fernando has had a huge season and has scored the ball at ridiculous rate of efficiency. Averaging over 14 points per game, Fernando has shot 63.3% from the field and 77% from the free throw line. His ability to block shots and protect the paint has led to a great season for the Terrapins.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Cook (Iowa), Eugene Omoruyi (Rutgers), Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan), Lamar Stevens (Penn State), and Jordan Murphy (Minnesota).