Top 50 Players In The Big Ten

We rank the top 50 players in the Big Ten

At long last, college basketball is back. With the season looming, we rank the Big Ten’s top 50 players heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

1. PG Carsen Edwards (Purdue, JR)

Last season: 18.5 ppg, 3.0 apg, 46.6 FG%

Coming off a sophomore season where he was a Big Ten first team selection and ranked third in the conference in scoring, Edwards should post even better numbers as a junior. He’s the only returning starter for the Boilermakers and will have free reign on offense. Edwards could very well end up in the conversation for national player of the year and is an easy choice for the No. 1 spot.

2. C Ethan Happ (Wisconsin, SR)

Last season: 17.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 52.8 FG%

Happ ranked fourth in the Big Ten in points and rebounds per game in 2017-18, earning a spot on the all-conference second team. With his rebounding ability and touch around the basket, averaging a double-double is not out of the question. Everything the Badgers do offensively starts with getting Happ the ball in the post and letting him go to work.

3. PG Cassius Winston (Michigan State, JR)

Last season: 12.6 ppg, 6.8 apg, 52.6 FG%

Last season, Winston emerged as an elite 3-point shooter, connecting on just under 50 percent of his attempts from deep. He led the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage and assists per game, good for second and ninth in the nation, respectively. He’s the conference’s best playmaker and will be asked to carry more of the scoring load with Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. gone.

4. SG James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska, SR)

Last season: 17.3 ppg, 2.9 apg, 44.8 FG%

Palmer is one of only two returning players from last year’s Big Ten first team. After joining from Miami (FL) prior to last season, he was instrumental in the Cornhuskers’ 10-win improvement from 2016-17. With a full season in Lincoln under his belt and the core of the team returning, Palmer is in line for another monster season and first team selection.

5. SG Romeo Langford (Indiana, FR)

Last season: N/A

Rated as a top-seven recruit in the country by Rivals, 247 and ESPN, Indiana native Langford chose to stay home and play for Archie Miller’s Hoosiers. He’s an effortless scorer with a polished game that will translate immediately. Anything less than a Big Ten Freshman of the Year award and a selection to an all-conference team would be a massive disappointment.

6. PF Jordan Murphy (Minnesota, SR)

Last season: 16.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 52.5 FG%

Murphy returns for one more season following a junior campaign in which he averaged a double-double and led the Big Ten in rebounding. He increased his scoring average by 5.5 points after averaging 11 his first two years. Aside from the scoring, he dominates the glass on both ends and does a terrific job creating second chances for himself and teammates.

7. PG Anthony Cowan Jr. (Maryland, JR)

Last season: 15.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 42.2 FG%

In a season derailed by injuries, Cowan was on of the few bright spots for the Terrapins. He shot 42 percent from the field for a second straight season while taking 112 more shots than he did as a freshman. His sophomore campaign also saw drastic improvements in his 3-point and assist numbers. With Kevin Huerter now in the NBA, Maryland is indisputably Cowan’s team.

8. SF Amir Coffey (Minnesota, JR)

Last season: 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 47.5 FG%

Since he’s not elite in any one area, it’s easy for Coffey to fly under the radar. That being said, the junior is arguably the best all-around player in the Big Ten. He can do just about everything, averaging 3.3 assists and shooting 37 percent from three to go with the 4.1 rebounds and 14 points last season. The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but don’t let that fool you.

9. C Mike Watkins (Penn State, JR)

Last season: 12.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 68.5 FG%

Watkins established himself as one of the elite big men in the conference in 2017-18, finishing in the top two in field goal percentage, rebounds per game, and blocks per game. On top of that, the redshirt was named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. He’s remarkably efficient on the offensive end and is as good as it gets defending the rim.

10. SG Charles Matthews (Michigan, SR)

Last season: 12.6 ppg, 2.4 apg, 49.3 FG%

Matthews settled nicely into his new home in Ann Arbor, helping guide the Wolverines to the national championship game. As the team’s leading returning scorer, he is now Michigan’s go-to option on offense. While the role will be an adjustment, he showed enough scoring prowess last season to suggest he’s more than capable. The only real question mark is whether he can be consistent on a game-to-game basis.

11. PF Juwan Morgan (Indiana, SR)

Last season: 16.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 57.9 FG%

12. C Nick Ward (Michigan State, JR)

Last season: 12.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 65.5 FG%

13. PG Jordan Bohannon (Iowa, JR)

Last season: 13.5 ppg, 5.4 apg, 42.3 FG%

14. C Bruno Fernando (Maryland, SO)

Last season: 10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 57.8 FG%

15. PG Glynn Watson Jr. (Nebraska, SR)

Last season: 10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 34.7 FG%

16. PF Tyler Cook (Iowa, JR)

Last season: 15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 56.6 FG%

17. PF Lamar Stevens (Penn State, JR)

Last season: 14.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 45.2 FG%

18. SG Josh Reaves (Penn State, SR)

Last season:10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 48.7 FG%

19. SG Joshua Langford (Michigan State, JR)

Last season: 11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 43.4 FG%

20. PG Trent Frazier (Illinois, SO)

Last season: 12.5 ppg, 3.1 apg, 40.5 FG%

21. C Kaleb Wesson (Ohio State, SO)

Last season: 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 56.2 FG%

22. SG Brad Davidson (Wisconsin, SO)

Last season: 12.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 40.5 FG%

23. PG Zavier Simpson (Michigan, JR)

Last season: 7.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, 46.7 FG%

After nearly tripling his total number of points (­­59 to 301) and quadrupling his assists (37 to 150) from year one to year two, Simpson is primed to take another huge step forward as a junior. Tasked with being the Wolverines’ primary playmaker and a secondary scoring option, much of the offense’s success will be dependent on his ability to create for himself and his teammates.

24. PF Jalen Smith (Maryland, FR)

Last season: N/A

25. PF De’Ron Davis (Indiana, JR)

Last season: 9.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 61.5 FG%

26. C Matt Haarms (Purdue, SO)

Last season: 4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 58.5 FG%

27. PF Isaac Copeland Jr. (Nebraska, SR)

Last season: 12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 47.5 FG%

28. SF Vic Law (Northwestern, SR)

Last season: 12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 41.8 FG%

29. C Luka Garza (Iowa, SO)

Last season: 12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 55.7 FG%

30. SF Khalil Iverson (Wisconsin, SR)

Last season: 8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 54.6 FG%

31. PG C.J. Jackson (Ohio State, SR)

Last season: 12.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 41.9 FG%

32. PG D’Mitrik Trice (Wisconsin, JR)

Last season: 9.4 ppg, 2.3 apg, 38.0 FG%

33. SG Isaiah Moss (Iowa, JR)

Last season: 11.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 42.0 FG%

34. SG Nojel Eastern (Purdue, JR)

Last season: 2.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 48.3 FG%

35. C Dererk Pardon (Northwestern, SR)

Last season: 11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 61.9 FG%

36. PF Evan Boudreaux (Purdue, JR)

2016-17 season with Dartmouth: 17.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 43.9 FG%

37. PG Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois, FR)

Last season: N/A

38. SG Ryan Taylor (Northwestern, GR)

Last season with Evansville: 21.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 42.6 FG%

39. SF Aaron Wiggins (Maryland, FR)

Last season: N/A

40. SG Jordan Poole (Michigan, SO)

Last season: 6.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 42.9 FG%

Following a freshman season that saw him fall in and out of John Beilein’s rotation, Poole stands to benefit more than anyone else from the graduation of Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. He flashed exciting potential at times and already has his name in NCAA Tournament lore thanks to the buzzer-beater against Houston. Now, he has the chance to be viewed as more than a guy who hit a shot.

41. SF Kipper Nichols (Illinois, JR)

Last season: 10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 43.8 FG%

42. PF Isaiah Roby (Nebraska, JR)

Last season: 8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 56.5 FG%

43. SG Keyshawn Woods (Ohio State, GR)

Last season with Wake Forest: 11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 43.9 FG%

44. SG Brevin Pritzl (Wisconsin, JR)

Last season: 8.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 39.7 FG%

45. SG Geo Baker (Rutgers, SO)

Last season: 10.8 ppg, 2.6 apg, 38.0 FG%

46. SG Matt McQuaid (Michigan State, SR)

Last season: 6.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 40.6 FG%

47. SG Darryl Morsell (Maryland, SO)

Last season: 8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 42.4 FG%

48. C Daniel Oturu (Minnesota, FR)

Last season: N/A

49. SF Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan, FR)

Last season: N/A

The No. 40 player in 247’s composite rankings, Brazdeikis is Michigan’s highest-rated recruit and has been drawing rave reviews from his coaches and teammates so far. He led the Wolverines with 17 points in the opening game of their trip to Spain and added another 15 in the second. John Beilein left the door open to the possibility of Brazdeikis starting right away.

50. SF Jerome Hunter (Indiana, FR)

Last season: N/A

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