Draymond Green was one of the best players in the nation last season, let alone in the Big Ten. Unlike a lot of great players in college basketball today, Green actually played four years at Michigan State, which, of course, made him a senior. There are plenty of talented players that will partake in their senior year for the 2012-13 season.
So, let’s take a look at the Top 5 Senior Leaders-Big Ten for the upcoming season.
Tim Frazier, Penn State-F razier may play for the Penn State, who did not make the NCAA tournament last year, but he was one of the best players in the Big Ten last season. He led the conference in assists (6.2 APG) and was second in the Big Ten in points per game (18.8). Those numbers speak pretty loudly in his favor. Expect Frazier to lead the conference in points and assists per game this year. He is that good.
Drew Crawford, Northwestern- Crawford knows how to put the ball into the hoop. It is as simple as that. Crawford managed to put up 16.1 points per game alongside John Shurna, who led the Big Ten in scoring with 19.8 points per game in the 2011-12 season. Shurna will clearly be a huge loss for Northwestern, but that will only open the door for Crawford next season, when he is the go-to guy for the Wildcats.
Christian Watford, Indiana- Watford is a great defender, who is cable of guarding all five positions on the court. He hasn’t been one of the most consistent players in the world, but he still managed to average 12.6 points per game last season and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Indiana Hoosiers are going to be one of the best teams in the nation next season, which will result in a great season for Watford.
Brandon Paul, Illinois- Meyers Leonard got a lot of credit last year, but people cannot forget about Brandon Paul, who led the Illinois Fighting Illini in points last season. He also led the team in assists (2.9 APG) and was second on the team in rebounds (4.7 RPG). Paul definitely has some questions to him, like his poor shot selection, but his athleticism and great shooting makes up for it. Watch out for this 6’4” guard in the upcoming season.
Rodney Williams, Minnesota- Williams is known for his defensive abilities, but his offensive game isn’t all that bad, considering that he averaged 12.2 points per game last season. Minnesota did not play in the NCAA tournament last year, but they were pretty impressive in the NIT, making it all of the way to the championship game. A big reason for this was how productive Williams was on offense, breaking the 20 point barrier in three out of the five games in the NIT. In fact, Williams averaged 19.2 points per game in this tourney. Look for this similar production next season.