Friday, March 1, 2013

Big Ten

In my mind and many others, the Big Ten is the most difficult conference in the country.  There are many great players in the Big Ten, so I am narrowing it down to the top four candidates for the Big Ten Player of the Year.  I think the top four players in the Big Ten Conference are Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller from Indiana, along with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan.  Oladipo averages 14.1 points per game to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  I like the way that Victor goes crashing the boards from the three point line and gets a tip-in.  When he misses, then other Indiana players crash the boards while Oladipo is running back and ready for defense.  Cody Zeller is a monster and crashes the boards.  This shows in both the points and rebounds categories in the scorebook.  He is averaging 16.3 points and 8.1 rebounds a game.  I like the way he uses his height to grab rebounds and uses his strength to put the ball back up.  He also has good cardiovascular endurance, so he can run up and down the court and stay in for longer periods of time.  Now, come the Michigan Wolverines, who are a very scary team to face against when they are confident.  Currently, Michigan is in a slump and hasn't been having much talk ever since losing to Indiana while being a number one seed.  Trey Burke of the Wolverines is an outstanding facilitator and scorer.  When he is stopped at the basket, he kicks it out to a shooter, resulting in points.  He is a reliable player in tight games when you need a shooter or a ball handler.  Trey Burke is averaging 18.8 points and 3.1 rebounds with 6.9 assists.  Tim Hardaway Jr. is an excellent deep range shooter. He is a player to watch.  His form is excellent and is fast.  He has 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.  He will be a great player and I think he will make a great player in the NBA.  Hardaway Jr. will especially good in the Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'antoni's style offense; not getting mad if his players take outside shots.  I think the most disappointing player in the Big Ten is Will Sheehey of the Indiana Hoosiers.  He is only averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.  When he becomes confident, he is a great player and Indiana has multiple offensive threats.  If he becomes more confient, I think Indiana will win more games and be more highly ranked.  By Ameen I.

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