Big Ten Basketball: Ranking the Top 100 Players in the B1G

Ryan CuriFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19:  Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts afar making a second-half basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Several weeks back, I wrote an article recapping a 25 player mock draft that I took part in. Every player selected in the draft played for a Big Ten team. Comments that I received back from the mock draft were both positive and negative, though it was based on everyone involved's selections and was not a personal ranking that I had come up with.

This article takes things one step further, and I'm certain there will be both people pleased and unhappy with how this draft turned out. To explain further, the fantasy league contains 10 teams. Each team drafts 10 players, six of whom are weekly starters. Of those starters, two must be guards, two forwards, one center and one utility, while always having at least one freshmen in your starting lineup.

Centers come at a premium, as not many are listed as a C on their roster, even if their primary position is a "5". It's tough to gauge when transfer players and freshmen should be selected. There are also biases and allegiances towards certain Big Ten teams.

For instance, I went to the University of Illinois, though Rayvonte Rice was my only Illini selection. Of the other nine league members, three others cheer for the Illini, two for the Wisconsin Badgers, two for the Iowa Hawkeyes, one for the Northwestern Wildcats and one for the Indiana Hoosiers.

So before you go off berating this list, consider a few things. First, this is not my ranking, rather it's the results of a fantasy draft. Second, these players were selected as fantasy players, some of whom have greater values statistically than as real players, and vice versa.

The three categories used are points, rebounds and assists. Also, people must alter their picks based on their team's needs, by both position and class. Here is a look at the picks in order. Below this list, I will give a brief synopsis of players whom I believe were either picked too high or too low.

1Adreian PayneMichigan StateF-CSR
2Drew CrawfordNorthwesternG-FSR
3Andre HollinsMinnesotaGJR
4Aaron CraftOhio StateGSR
5Tim FrazierPenn StateGSR
6D.J. NewbillPenn StateG-FJR
7Roy MarbleIowaG-FSR
8Terone JohnsonPurdueGSR
9Keith ApplingMichigan StateGSR
10Ben BrustWisconsinGSR
11Glenn RobinsonMichiganFSO
12Aaron WhiteIowaFJR
13A.J. HammonsPurdueCSO
14Tracy AbramsIllinoisGJR
15Mitch McGaryMichiganFSO
16Gary HarrisMichigan StateGSO
17Sam DekkerWisconsinFSO
18Noah VonlehIndianaFFR
19JerShon CobbNorthwesternGJR
20LaQuinton RossOhio StateFJR
21Branden DawsonMichigan StateFJR
22Derrick WaltonMichiganGFR
23Yogi FerrellIndianaGSO
24Nnanna EgwuIllinoisF-CJR
25Rayvonte RiceIllinoisGJR
26Ronnie JohnsonPurdueGSO
27Kam WilliamsOhio StateGFR
28Marc LovingOhio StateFFR
29Nick StauskasMichiganG-FSO
30David SobolewskiNorthwesternGJR
31Frank KaminskyWisconsinCJR
32Austin HollinsMinnesotaGSR
33Ray GallegosNebraskaGSR
34Ross TravisPenn StateFJR
35Alex OlahNorthwesternCSO
36Melsahn BasabeIowaFSR
37Will SheeheyIndianaG-FSR
38Adam WoodburyIowaCSO
39Lenzelle SmithOhio StateGSR
40Stanford RobinsonIndianaGFR
41Josh GasserWisconsinGJR
42Sanjay LumpkinNorthwesternG-FFR
43Tai WebsterNebraskaGFR
44Shavon ShieldsNebraskaG-FSO
45Sam ThompsonOhio StateFJR
46Denzel ValentineMichigan StateGSO
47Jordan MorganMichiganF-CSR
48Zach McCabeIowaFSR
49Troy WilliamsIndianaFFR
50Malcolm HillIllinoisG-FFR
51Joseph BertrandIllinoisG-FSR
52Mike GesellIowaGSO
53Traevon JacksonWisconsinGJR
54Shannon ScottOhio StateGJR
55Nigel HayesWisconsinFFR
56Luke FischerIndianaCFR
57Raphael DavisPurdueG-FSO
58Errick PeckPurdueFSR
59Tre DempsNorthwesternGSO
60David RiversNebraskaFJR
61Elliott EliasonMinnesotaCJR
62Amir WilliamsOhio StateCJR
63Deandre MathieuMinnesotaGJR
64Anthony ClemmonsIowaGSO
65Brandon TaylorPenn StateFSO
66Kendall StephensPurdueGFR
67Zak IrvinMichiganGFR
68Kale AbrahamsonNorthwesternFSO
69Maurice WalkerMinnesotaCSR
70Jon HorfordMichiganFJR
71Travis TriceMichigan StateGJR
72Kendrick NunnIllinoisGFR
73Josh OglesbyIowaGJR
74Gabe OlaseniIowaCJR
75Jon EkeyIllinoisFSR
76Malik SmithMinnesotaGSR
77Jeremy HollowellIndianaFSO
78Jarrod UthoffIowaFSO
79Nathan TaphornNorthwesternFFR
80George MarshallWisconsinGSO
81Evan GordonIndianaGSR
82Spike AlbrechtMichiganGSO
83Terran PettewayNebraskaFJR
84Caris LeVertMichiganGSO
85Jay SimpsonPurdueF-CFR
86Maverick MorganIllinoisCFR
87Oto OsenieksMinnesotaFJR
88Mark DonnalMichiganFFR
89Evan AndersonWisconsinCJR
90Matt CostelloMichigan StateF-CSO
91Hanner Mosquera-PereaIndianaFSO
92Benny ParkerNebraskaGSO
93Zak ShowalterWisconsinGSO
94Nick FullerNebraskaFFR
95Allen RobertsPenn StateGSR
96Walter PitchfordNebraskaFSO
97Joey KingMinnesotaFSO
98Daquein McNeilMinnesotaGFR
99Chier AjouNorthwesternCSO
100Devin DavisIndianaFFR


Picked Too High


Drew Crawford—Though he should be the Wildcats' top option offensively, he did miss last season with a shoulder injury. Crawford would have been better fit for a late first or early second round pick.

DJ Newbill—Though his numbers last season are hard to argue with, the return of Tim Frazier to Happy Valley should decrease Newbill's numbers ever so slightly.

Terone Johnson—Purdue has plenty of young talent in the backcourt, and while Johnson was the team's best player a year ago, he seems to have reached his peak.

Kam Williams—A highly-touted freshman, Williams will come off the Buckeye bench on the wing. Matta has never used deep rotations however, meaning Williams' minutes could be at a premium.

Sanjay Lumpkin—Lumpkin is battling with sophomore Kale Abrahamson for the starting power forward spot on Chris Collins' team, as Lumpkin redshirted a year ago.

Honorable Mention: Keith Appling, Ben Brust, Tracy Abrams, Marc Loving, Jordan Morgan, Chier Ajou Picked Too Low

Gary Harris—Potentially the top player in the whole league, Harris' rebound and assist numbers from his freshman season left him on the board, leading me to happily snag him in the second round.

Sam Dekker—Dekker will be the best player and scorer on the Badgers this season. He was the team's sixth man as a freshman and has the ability to play either forward position.

Joseph Bertrand—A redshirt senior who played behind Brandon Paul and DJ Richardson for four seasons, Bertrand finally gets his chance to shine. He's an explosive athlete and jumper who is versatile on both ends.

Mike Gesell—Gesell will run the Hawkeye offense, though playing time could change each game with the team's proclaimed 11-man rotation, featuring nine returning players from last season.

Zak Irvin—Whether he starts or comes off John Beilein's bench, Irvin will produce when on the court. Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana is quite an accomplishment. 

Honorable Mention: Mitch McGary, Noah Vonleh, LaQuinton Ross, Derrick Walton, Jon Ekey, Matt Costello