Top-25 Players in the BIG TEN FOR 2020-21
The Top-25 Players for each conference series continues and this time I will be looking at the Big Ten. There are quite a few Draft decisions that are still to be made, such as the ones with Luka Garza and Ayo Dosumnu, who I project to come back for another season. As a result, I decided to add the 26th player in case one of these players decides to make a move to the NBA Draft.
1. Luka Garza Iowa SR Center
2019-20 Stats: 23.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.1 BPG
Garza is an awesome offensive player, he can maneuver around defenders, shoot from deep, use his size and strength. His defense is an issue though, his lateral quickness is bad and can get caught in pick and rolls pretty often. His name is still in the draft but I’d imagine that Garza will be back in College for another season.
2. Ayo Dosunmu Illinois JR Guard
2019-20 Stats 16.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.3 APG
Dosunmu shot 48% from the field, he’s incredible from the mid-range and at the hoop. His shooting from deep is a problem, only 29% from deep but I think he could be a very good 3-point shooter. He’s also in the draft and he is one of the most undecided players in the draft, he’s not a projected first-rounder, or maybe even draft pick at this point. I think he could return and be a first-round pick next season.
3. Trayce Jackson-Davis Indiana SO Forward
2019-20 Stats: 13.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.8 BPG
Jackson-Davis is super talented but I’d like to see him be more efficient for an at the hoop big-man. He’s a big strong lefty with solid but not elite athleticism. He played a lot of the 5 this season and I like him a lot in that role going forward.
4. Rocket Watts Michigan State SO Guard
2019-20 Stats: 8.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.9 APG
Watts struggled a bit, especially early last season. He only shot 38% from-the-field and 29% from deep, but I’m a huge guy on Watts. He’s such a talented scorer and it’s evident, but he’s a point guard and with Cassius Winston last season that moved Watts to the 2. Watts has a nice stroke from deep even though it was inconsistent last season. He should take a big step forward this season as he becomes the primary playmaker for the Spartans this season.
5. Isaiah Livers Michigan SR Forward
2019-20 Stats: 12.7 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.2 APG
Livers is due for a huge season should he return, he shot 40% from three last season, but dealt with a groin injury on-and-off all season. Livers is a really good player that can knock down shots at an elite level. They can run the offense around him without Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske. Livers is a four-man that can cause some matchup issues for his teams.
6. Kofi Cockburn Illinois SO Center
2019-20 Stats: 13.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Cockburn is literally huge, he’s 7’0″ and 290 pounds and he’s ridiculously strong. He can beat almost anyone down-low with his insane level of size and strength, and he is a really good free throw shooter at 67% for a big man, which isn’t bad at all. He’s a good defender too but his quickness isn’t great due to his size.
7. Ron Harper Jr Rutgers Jr Wing
2019-20 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.0 APG
Harper is super versatile, his father Ron Sr was a 5-time NBA Champion with the Bulls, but he’s a lot different than his son. They weigh about 65 pounds different, the younger Harper is much bigger, most of which being muscle he’s super strong. He’s a good defender and can really play 2/3/4 spots, he’s just super versatile. He can even probably run point if need be, although the team has Geo Baker at the point guard.
8. Marcus Carr Minnesota SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.7 APG
Carr is a very good player he can do it all, he’s a good passer, great rebounder for a one Guard. I like him as a player but I’d like to see him develop more as a primary scorer this season. His defense isn’t very good but he will have a big role for a solid Minnesota team.
9. Franz Wagner Michigan SO Wing
2019-20 Stats: 11.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG
Wagner missed the start of the season with a wrist injury, and really struggled at the start. He struggled to find his shooting stroke until about February, as shot 31% from deep, 45% from the field. he’s known for his scoring and shooting ability, he also has the potential to be a great defender but isn’t that yet. He’s poised for a huge season.
10. Nate Reuvers Wisconsin SR Forward
2019-20 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.9 BPG
Nate Reuvers is a really talented player that can do it all for the Badgers. He can step out and shoot it, he can post up inside and he’s a natural fit next to Micah Potter. Potter shot 44.8% from the field, which isn’t great but shooting 33.7% from three as a big man helps make up for it. He’s not going to jump off the page as a player but he’s a solid player that should help the Badgers continue to be a really good team.
11. Trevion Williams Purdue Jr Forward
2019-20 Stats: 11.5. PPG, 7.6 RPG
Williams is the current version of Caleb Swanigan for Purdue, he’s the same height and almost the same weight. Williams is the kind of guy Purdue needs to start playing bully ball with. He played over Matt Haarms often but Williams can’t stay on the floor for that long at a time and ends up only playing about 20 Minutes Per Game. When he’s on the court though, he’s a really good player that can score and rebound at an elite level.
12. Joshua Langford Michigan State SR Guard
Langford has only played 13 games in the past two years, he’s not officially back but he is on campus. He’s a great scorer, when healthy he shot 40% from three in his 13 games in 2018-19. he’s an awesome scorer when healthy, he just needs to stay healthy.
13. Geo Baker Rutgers SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.5 APG
Baker is a player that has been an inconsistent shooter in the past, he shot 39% from the field and 29% from deep, which isn’t great. He’s really good at running the offense, as he is a very athletic and a good defender. He has more help this season than ever with Harper, Jacob Young, Caleb McConnell, and Cliff Omoruyi.
14. Micah Potter Wisconsin SR Forward
2019-20 Stats: 10.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Potter missed the first half of the season after transferring during the previous season from Ohio State, and once he was eligible Wisconsin turned it on and he was a huge piece of it. He only played 17 MPG, partly since he wasn’t eligible and got added into the lineup slowly but they never gave him a huge workload, that needs to change. Potter is a great scorer, he shot 52% from the field and 45% from deep. He’s a good defender and a very good player who can be an All-Big Ten guy this season.
15. Aaron Henry Michigan State JR Wing
2019-20 Stats: 10 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.9 APG
Henry is an ideal NBA wing guy nowadays. He’s testing the waters but likely will return for his Junior Season. He shot 44% from the field, he is a crazy good athlete and he shot 34% from three. Along with amazing defense, he is due for a huge season and will become a National Name.
16. Jordan Bohannon Iowa SR Guard
It’s not even worth listing Bohannon’s 2019-20 Stats because he was coming off back surgery and was not able to play at the same level as he was in 2018-19 when he shot 38% from three. His 2017-18 stats represent what he is best, had 13 PPG, 5.4 APG, and shot 43% from deep, he’s one of the best pure shooters in the game and he can run an offense well. He’ll dump the ball down to Luka Garza a lot and on the corners to Joe Wieskamp and C.J. Frederick. Bohannon will be the key piece on an Iowa team that will be looking to achieve success.
17. Kristian Lander Indiana FR Guard
Lander reclassified into the 2020 Class, he’s a smaller guard he’s 6’1″ and 160 pounds, but he super quick. He’s a pure point guard and a great passer, defender, he should have a very good season for the Hoosiers this season. He can play a nice pick and roll game with Trayce Jackson-Davis and Joey Brunk and he will make a major impact for the Hoosiers this season.
18. Aaron Wiggins Maryland JR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 10.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.4 APG
Wiggins really had a down season and it was surprising, but with the team losing Anthony Cowan Jr and Jalen Smith, they’ll need his scoring big-time. He went from 41% from deep his Freshman season to 31% this season. He’s a 6’6″ guard, so he should be able to do more than just shoot and be more consistent this season.
19. Myeron Jones Penn State JR Guard
2019-20 stats: 13.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.7 RPG
Penn State is coming off their best season in the Pat Chambers era and Myreon Jones was a major reason for that success. Jones is a guard that can do it all, he’s an excellent shooter, last year notching 40.3% shooting from deep and 44.4% from the floor. Jones can also dish it out, which is something that is valuable as well.
20. Trent Frazier Illinois SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 9.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.9 APG
Frazier really struggled this season offensively, which is super shocking based on his talent level. He shot 32% from the field, and 30% from three this season, down from 2018-19. Illinois was a great defensive team, which has been caused by Frazier and his ability to make the opposing teams point guard to have a nightmare.
21. Seth Towns Ohio State SR Forward
Towns has not played since 2017-18, a season in which he was the Ivy League Player of the Year. He was an elite shooter at his best he shot 44% from deep. I’d like to see him show more of his game other than shooting. He should get some more rebounds, his overall field-goal percentage was 41%, if he can work on some post moves and develop as a player, that part of his game will be a factor.
22. D’Mitrik Trice Wisconsin SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 9.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.2 APG
Trice shot 37% from deep but he is really good at running the offense. With big guys like Nate Reuvers, who’s more of a pick and pop guy, but that plays into Trice’s strengths well and Micah Potter, he’ll have a lot chances to rack up assists on a team that is looking to repeat as Big Ten Champions.
23. Joe Wieskamp Iowa JR Forward
2019-20 Stats: 14.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.6 APG
Wieskamp is pretty versatile and he can play the 2-3-4, while he is a really good scorer, last year shooting 42% from the field, 34% from deep. He’s a defender that gets the job done but I think has a chance to develop on that side of the ball.
24. Hunter Dickinson Michigan FR Center
Dickinson is a 7’2″ Big guy who will play a big role for Michigan this season. After losing Jon Teske to graduation, they need someone to step in and produce as a big-man. Being 7’2″ he can rebound play down-low and use that ability to be a great Freshman this season.
25. Justice Sueing Ohio State JR Wing
2018-19 Stats with California: 14.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG
Sueing transferred from California following coach WyKing Jones getting fired after the 2018-19 season. He’s a 6’7″ wing, who’s strong at the hoop, a below-average 3-point scorer and a good defender. If he worked on his 3-point shooting-ability this season sitting out, watch out for Sueing. He had 14 points and 6 rebounds per game his Sophomore Season for the Golden Bears.
26. Joey Hauser Michigan State SO Forward
2018-19 Stats with Marquette: 9.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.4 APG
Hauser is an interesting player, that’d I’d like to see how he develops after sitting the season. He shot 42% from deep and that’s most of his game, I’d like to see other parts getting developed. He’s not a great athlete but gets the job done, if he can develop a low post game he’ll be a great piece.