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Big 10 Basketball: A Look at the Top 4 Players in the Conference

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A Look at the Top 4 Players in the Big Ten Conference

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Big names like Draymond Green, Robbie Hummel and Jared Sullinger are no longer apart of the Big Ten Conference, but that does not mean that the conference is not still filled with a good amount of talent. In fact, the Big 10 will be one of the best conferences in the 2012-13 college basketball season, like most year, and it all starts with the top-four players in the conference.

Just so we all have a good idea at the quality of players in the Big Ten, players like Tim Hardaway Jr., Christian Watford and Keith Appling don’t even make this list. That is saying a lot, considering all three of those players are some of the best on their very respective teams.

However, the top-four players in the conference are arguably the best players on their teams, which come from the Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions. What a surprise, considering that three of these teams tied for the regular season Big Ten conference title last year, and will once again compete for the title in the upcoming season.

The season may seem so far away, but it is just around the corner. So, get ready for it by reading on to see the top-four players in the Big Ten Conference. However, keep in mind that this is entering the season because there are always plenty of players that could have breakout seasons and steal the spotlight.

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4. Tim Frazier, Penn State

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Tim Frazier is the only player on this list whose team will most likely not be competing for the conference title, but that does not mean Frazier does not have game. In fact, Frazier was the second leading scorer in the Big 10 last season, with 18.8 points per game.

He also captured 4.7 rebounds per game, which is pretty impressive for someone who is only 6’1’’. However, with 6.2 assists per game, Frazier is always a double-double threat.

There aren’t many people out there that can score more points than Frazier. That is just how it is. Expect Frazier to lead the conference in points this season, but that does not mean that he won’t have competition in this department.

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3. Trey Burke, Michigan

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Averaging 14.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game as a freshman, made Trey Burke one of the best points guards in the nation last season. He is certainly getting the same honors going into this season.

Burke is an elite scorer, but he is also a great passer. However, he is definitely a shoot first pass second type of player, which really isn’t an issue, since he still manages to rack up the assists.

The Wolverines will have a great team this year, but they will need Burke to take his game to the next level. Expect a big season out of this sophomore because of that fact alone.

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2. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

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Deshaun Thomas is a scoring machine. He put up 15.9 points per game last season, and you can bet that he will put up even more in the upcoming season as the go-to guy for the Buckeyes, since Jared Sullinger left for the NBA.

Outside of being a big time scorer, Thomas is also a very good rebounder and showed this last year by averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.

If the NCAA tournament was an indication of how Thomas is going to play in 2012, Ohio State is going to be in love. The big guy only averaged 19.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game in the dance.

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1. Cody Zeller, Indiana

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Cody Zeller is the best player in the Big Ten going into the 2012-13 college basketball season. Why you ask? That is simple. He helped lead the Indiana Hoosiers back to being elite by absolutely dominating in his freshman season.

In case if you missed it, Zeller put up 15.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game last season.

Zeller is one of the best centers in the game if not the best. He will be a preseason favorite to win the Naismith Trophy and his Hoosiers will most likely start the season off as the No. 1 team in the nation.

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