The Big Ten may not be having the top flight seasons of the past, but there certainly isn’t a lack of individual talent on display. On Friday that was borne out as the Big Ten put four players on the newest John Wooden Award watch list.
Big Ten players who made the latest cut were Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland). The conference representation on this list showcases exactly what has made the Big Ten so interesting so far this season, as there are two upperclassmen and two freshmen on the list.
Kaminsky highlights the Big Ten contingent, as he was a preseason first-team All-American pick and has lived up to that billing. He’s averaging 17.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while ranking in the top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
One of the biggest names to come in to the league happens to be Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, who is third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.1 ppg), fourth in assists (5.0 apg) and fifth in steals (1.9 per game).
Joining Russell as a freshman on the list is Maryland’s star guard Melo Trimble. He is averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and is shooting 42.1 percent from the field as a guard.
Perhaps the most surprising of the names is that of Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, who has been a nice player in the first two years of his career, but has really come on as a junior. Ferrell is averaging 15.4 points (10th in B1G), 4.8 assists (5th in B1G) and 3.6 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 43.3 percent from the field, which is the best of his career to date.
With four players, the Big Ten is only topped by the ACC, which put six players on the 25-man watch list alone.