My all-Big Ten ballot

Voting for the all Big Ten team was difficult to sasy the least. Before voting, I compiled a list of 30 players, then condensed it into groupings. I considered about 12 players for first team, and two of the best players — Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan — missed significant time with injury or illness. It wasn’t easy.

Wisconsin (no Marcus Landry or Joe Krabbenhoft, ouch), Illinois (no Chester Frazier, Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale hurts) and Minnesota (Al Nolen) were difficult because they had so many players of similar ability. Purdue (Chris Kramer, E’Twaun Moore) and Michigan State (Goran Suton) had players that were tough omits. Penn State (Stanley Pringle) was even a toughie. The No. 3 coach selection was tough between Penn State’s Ed DeChellis and Northwestern’s Bill Carmody. Likewise, the league’s balance added to the chaos.

Anyway, here’s how I voted for the all-Big Ten basketball team; I waited until after Tuesday’s Ohio State-Iowa game to officially submit it. so fire away with your thoughts, but let’s at least be civil.

FIRST TEAM

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Evan Turner, Ohio State

Talor Battle, Penn State

Manny Harris, Michigan

Mike Davis, Illinois

SECOND TEAM

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Jamelle Cornley, Penn State

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State

DeShawn Sims, Michigan

THIRD TEAM

Kevin Coble, Northwestern

Craig Moore, Northwestern

Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota

Jake Kelly, Iowa

Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. Bruce Weber, Illinois; 2. Tom Izzo, Michigan State; 3. Ed DeChellis, Penn State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

1. Matt Gatens, Iowa; 2. William Buford, Ohio State; 3. Delvon Roe, Michigan State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Evan Turner, Ohio State; 2. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State; 3. Talor Battle, Penn State

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One Response to My all-Big Ten ballot

  1. Bill Carmody would have to be considered. Northwestern was 1-17 in conference last year and very respectable this year. I still think Weber deserves to win, even though it makes me shudder to say that.

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