The Big Ten released its preseason All-Big Ten team on Wednesday morning and there were more than a few intriguing selections. These rankings are always one of the best early looks at the conference and are no different this year.
One thing worth noting about the list is that the Big Ten recently increased its All-Big Ten team from five to 10 members. As such, an additional five players will find their name among the players listed. Some of the names will be familiar to fans and some won’t be quite as well known.
Here is the full list of players below.
2019-’20 Preseason All-Big Ten Team:
- Anthony Cowan (Maryland)
- Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois)
- Nojel Eastern (Purdue)
- Zavier Simpson (Michigan)
- Jalen Smith (Maryland)
- Lamar Stevens (Penn State)
- Xavier Tillman (Michigan State)
- Kaleb Wesson (Ohio State)
- Joe Wieskamp (Iowa)
- Cassius Winston (Michigan State)
Of the 10 players that made the cut, they come from eight different teams. The only teams that had multiple players make the cut were Maryland and Michigan. Of course, that also means that six teams failed to have a player make the list. The only unanimous selections to the list were Cowan, Wesson, and Winston.
It’s also worth noting that Winston was selected as the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year. That news will certainly come as no surprise to those that watched last season. Winston figures to be in serious contention for National Player of the Year thanks to his unique ability to get inside and create for others.
Perhaps no team that missed the cut was more interesting than Wisconsin. Although the Badgers lost Ethan Happ this offseason, many still project the team to be in the NCAA Tournament hunt. Fans will have to hope that someone can emerge to get a spot on this list by season’s end.
This list also composed a very experienced group. Not only were no freshmen listed, but seven of the players have been in college for at least three years, including a good hunk of seniors.
There’s certain to be plenty of movement on this list as the season continues, but don’t be surprised to see all 10 of these players make some noise this year.