1. Jordan Taylor – He’s been the key in making that offense tick and often puts up big chunks of Wisconsin’s point totals.
2. Trey Burke – We knew Burke would be good … but he’s gotten Michigan right in the thick of things.
3. Matt Gatens – He’s a red-hot shooter and hasn’t scored fewer than 11 points for Iowa in 14 games.
4. Draymond Green – It’s kind of incredible how complete Green’s game is. He literally does everything and is the difference-maker for Michigan State.
5. Jared Sullinger – He’s such a huge part of Ohio State’s offense, and is a serious match-up issue down low.
1. Keith Appling – There may be no one better in the league at dribble driving … and Appling does a lot more than that for Michigan State
2. Tim Frazier – He has almost single-handedly kept Penn State competitive this year with his complete game.
3. D.J. Byrd – The forward rebounded from an unfortunate situation to play a big role in pushing Purdue to three finishing wins.
4. Robbie Hummel – He is most definitely back. And now, heading into the Big Ten tournament, he’s probably playing his best basketball.
5. Cody Zeller – The freshman is so clutch AND so resilient for Indiana. He’s been a huge part of their success.
1. Lewis Jackson – When Jackson is on, he’s on. His shooting has gotten better, and he’s almost unstoppable when he decides he wants to penetrate.
2. Drew Crawford – He’s a true scorer, and he has the ability to get Northwestern back in it quick.
3. Aaron White – It’s scary to think how good White could be for Iowa down the road. He’s already developing quite a nice offensive game.
4. John Shurna – His shot may be strange, but it goes in … a lot. Shurna has been a major factor for Northwestern down the stretch.
5. Meyers Leonard – When he uses his size in the paint, Meyers can be an incredible force for Illinois and hog the ball on the boards.
Player of the Year: Draymond Green
Freshman of the Year: Trey Burke
Coach of the Year: John Beilein – Michigan was never supposed to be this good after losing significant talent from last year’s squad. But after the drive Beilein has executed, anything is possible heading into the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
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