The Big Ten released its preseason All-Big Ten team on Monday 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.
2020-’21 Preseason All-Big Ten Team:
- Geo Baker (Rutgers)
- Marcus Carr (Minnesota)
- Kofi Cockburn (Illinois)
- Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois)*
- Luka Garza (Iowa)*
- Aaron Henry (Michigan State)
- Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana)
- Nate Reuvers (Wisconsin)
- Joe Wieskamp (Iowa)
- Trevion Williams (Purdue)
2020-’21 Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year:
- Luka Garza (Iowa)
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 Illinois and Iowa. Of course, that also means that six teams failed to have a player make the list. The only unanimous selections to the list were Dosunmu and Garza.
It’s also worth noting that Garza 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. Garza figures to be in serious contention for National Player of the Year thanks to his unique scoring ability. He hopes to become one of just a few players to win multiple Big Ten Player of the Year awards.
Perhaps no team that missed the cut was more interesting than Michigan. Although the Wolverines have mixed expectations this season, many believe the team will be in position for another NCAA Tournament appearance. No Wolverine made the cut, including star players like Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner.
This list also composed a very experienced group. Not only were no freshmen listed, but eight 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.