With Media Day now in the books, the Big Ten announced their preseason player of the year and the preseason All-Big Ten Team, including 10 different players.
The Preseason All-Big Ten Team can be seen below:
- Justin Jackson (Maryland)
- Moritz Wagner (Michigan)
- Miles Bridges (Michigan State)
- Nick Ward (Michigan State)
- Amir Coffey (Minnesota)
- Nate Mason (Minnesota)
- Scottie Lindsey (Northwestern)
- Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern)
- Vincent Edwards (Purdue)
- Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
Of the ten selections, three were unanimous (Bridges, McIntosh and Happ).
In a move that should surprise no one, Spartans star Miles Bridges was named the 2017-18 Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Bridges was seen as a potential lottery pick in the 2017 draft before deciding to return for his sophomore season. Besides being considered as one of the top players in the country, his return to East Lansing has led to Michigan State being a legitimate contender for a National Title this April.
Also of interest, while the conference doesn’t have a preseason media poll, Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch and Brendan Quinn of the Athletic helped conduct an unofficial poll. Their poll included 28 writers (two beat writers per team) and can be seen below:
1. Michigan State
5. Maryland (tie)
5. Michigan (tie)
10. Penn State
11. Ohio State
The beat writers across the Big Ten seem to hold an opinion relatively similar to most of the preseason publications. While there’s some shuffling across the middle of their selections, Michigan State is once again in first with the usual Purdue / Minnesota / Northwestern trio following behind. And like pretty much every other preseason ranking, Rutgers comes in last place with Nebraska just above the Scarlet Knights.