17 February 2010

All Big Ten

During last night's Indiana-Michigan State game ESPN ran a poll for Big Ten MVP. The choices were Kalin Lucas, Evan Turner, and E'Twaun Moore. Kalin Lucas was a runaway favorite. Granted this poll was biased as there was a disproportionate amount of MSU fans watching the game. But still. Lucas for Big Ten MVP? No way!

The poll did get us to pondering whom we would place on our All Big Ten teams. Here we go.

Big Ten Player of the Year: Evan Turner
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Drew Crawford
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Bo Ryan

First Team
G Talor Battle (Jr)
G E'Twaun Moore (Jr)
F Evan Turner (Jr)
F John Shurna (So)
C DeShawn Sims (Sr)

Second Team
G Kalin Lucas (Jr)
G Demetri McCamey (Jr)
G Manny Harris (Jr)
F Robbie Hummel (Jr)
C JaJuan Johnson (Jr)

Third Team
G Verdell Jones III (So)
G Trevon Hughes (Sr)
G Blake Hoffarber (Jr)
F Damian Johnson (Sr)
F Draymond Green (So)

Honorable Mention
William Buford (So), Lawrence Westbrook (Sr), Jason Bohannon (Sr), Mike Tisdale (Jr), Blake Hoffarber (Sr), Jon Diebler (Jr), Juice Thompson (So), Drew Crawford (Fr), David Lighty (Jr).

There are few things to note about these selections.

1. Selections were based upon in-conference performance primarily.
2. We tried to pick teams by position with the following caveat...
3. We picked the best player if there was significant difference between him and the next best player at a position.
4. These picks are merit based. They do not reflect whom we think the media and/or coaches will ultimately select.

This list makes it clear the Big Ten is guard dominated and junior dominated. That is no big revelation. If the most of the junior class sticks around then the Big Ten is going to be as good as it has been in recent memory next year.