With the upcoming college basketball season just under a month away we’ll start seeing more preseason predictions and coverage. Earlier this week CBS Sports posted their preseason All-American teams, with several Big Ten Players making the cut.
- Luka Garza (Iowa)
- Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois)
- Jared Butler (Baylor)
- Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State)
- Corey Kispert (Gonzaga)
- Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana)
- Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton)
- Remy Martin (Arizona State)
- Collin Gillespie (Villanova)
- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova)
- Marcus Garrett (Kansas)
- Garrison Brooks (North Carolina)
- Sam Hauser (Virginia)
- Evan Mobley (USC)
- BJ Boston (Kentucky)
CBS Sports had the following to say about each Big Ten player that made the list.
There can be no doubt. Of the 15 players who made CBS Sports’ First, Second and Third All-America teams at the end of the 2019-20 season, Garza is the only returnee to college basketball. The Iowa center has his team in position to be top 10 in college hoops and has the potential to average 24 points and 12 rebounds on one of the best offenses in college basketball. If he is better than last season, it’s hard to see how he’s not the best player in America.
There were very few surprising stay-or-go decisions that went the way of the former, but Dosunmu opting to return to campus to give Illinois its best outlook in a decade-plus might be the best. The heady, athletic, fearless lead guard has Illini fans dreaming of a Final Four. Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 2019-20. All those numbers should climb.
Last season Jackson-Davis led all freshmen in the Big Ten in scoring, blocks and PER. Now, as a sophomore, he figures to again stand out as the featured player on IU. One of the most technically sound and reliable producers in the Big Ten should be back and better than we last saw him.