Top Big 10 Frontcourts

<p>This year the national recognition will go to the guards of the Big 10 and reasonably so. Big men are a dying breed in the college game due to the increasing amount of top high school big men going straight to the pros. This year there are several good big men in the conference and here's our ranking:

1. Iowa- The Hawkeyes return power forward Glen Worley and his 11ppg and 5rpg. He is joined by returning center Jared Reiner who averaged 8 rebounds per game along with Greg Brunner and Sean Sonderleiter. Look for newcomer Nick DeWitz to be a solid contributor off the bench.

2. Illinois- The Illini lost big man Brian Cook. However they do return starters James Augustine and Roger Powell. What makes the Illinois frontcourt so tough this year is that they are a deep group. Jack Ingram, Nick Smith, Aaron Spears, Brian Randle, and Warren Carter will all get playing time in this rotation.

3. Michigan State- Paul Davis made a splash on the summer tour with USA Basketball as well as in the NCAA tournament last year. Davis should be the top big man in the conference. He will be joined by multi-talented Alan Anderson and talented newcomers Drew Naymick and Delco Rowley. Jason Andreas will also provide some key minutes.

4. Purdue- This group of frontcourt players doesn't have a star player but boasts a rugged group of guys. Chris Booker is the most talented of the group and is joined by up and coming star Melvin Buckley along with bruisers Brett Buscher and Ivan Kartelo.

5. Wisconsin- The injury to Alando Tucker hurts this group immensely. Tucker is extremely active down low and the Badgers hope he recovers quicker than expected. What's left are 2 serviceable big men in Dave Wilkinson and Dave Mader. Both of them can knock down the outside shots consistently. The key to this group might be Freshman Brian Butch.

6. Ohio State- The Buckeyes have a frontcourt filled with question marks. Velimir Radinovic is a solid starting center and Terence Dials was outstanding before going down with an injury that sat him out most of the year. Newcomer Ivan Harris should step right in and compete right away along with Matt Sylvester, Shun Jenkins, and Charles Bass. If Dials comes back strong and Harris is as good as expected, this is one of the top frontcourts in the league.

7. Michigan- Bernard Robinson Jr. is the top wing forward in the league. Chris Hunter, Graham Brown, and newcomer Courtney Sims will all battle for this tough Wolverine squad.

8. Minnesota- Michael Bauer is one of the top players in the league this year. Stan Gaines is a bit undersized but talented and Matt Hagen is a solid big man. The key will be how easily Freshman Kris Humphries adapts to the college game.

9. Penn State- The Nittany Lions return a nice set of frontcourt players. Jan Jagla is the leader of this group along with Aaron Johnson and Robert Summers. All 3 of these players received valuable minutes last year and should be able to compete with anyone.

10. Indiana- The Hoosiers will need a lot out of center George Leach. He has shown flashes of brilliance every year but will be concentrated on more closely by opposing teams this year. A.J. Moye is a do everything forward that will play aggressive at all times. The reserves will be Sean Kline, Mike Roberts, and newcomer Patrick Ewing Jr.

11. Northwestern- The Wildcats backcourt is great, the frontcourt is nonexistent. Davor Duvancic is the only player returning that saw any minutes last year.

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