Another college basketball season is less than a month away and there’s certainly increased excitement for what’s to come. Stories and memorable moments start getting written in just a few weeks, with anything possible for the hundreds of college basketball programs in the nation.
We’re still not there yet, meaning there’s plenty of time for prognostication and analysis of these teams and their rosters. We’re looking specifically at the Big Ten today, but not specifically at the teams as a whole. Instead, we’re focused on individual players. Big Ten Basketball is a power conference that always is filled with immense talent and this season is no different.
We’ll be looking through the 25 best individual players in the conference for this upcoming season. With fourteen teams currently in the league, several very talented players were left off the list, but we only had room for the best of the best. Without further ado, let’s start running through some of these players.
25. Jamison Battle – Ohio State
Certainly not new to the Big Ten, this will be Battle’s final year of college eligibility and his first and only season at Ohio State. He earned All-A-10 honors as an underclassman at George Washington before spending the last two seasons as a starting forward over at Minnesota. He averaged 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last year, which was actually down after topping 17 points a game each of his prior two seasons.
With one last season to prove himself, Battle arrives at Ohio State as a major new weapon for Chris Holtmann’s program. Not only will he hope to bounce back on the offensive end, with his shooting numbers way down as a senior, but he’ll also try to be better on the defensive side of the ball. The Buckeyes really struggled last season; can Battle’s addition change the tide in the frontcourt?