2010-2011 Season

2011 UM Hoops All-Big Ten Teams

The Big Ten will announce the official All-Big Ten teams live at 7:00 PM tonight on the Big Ten Network. For now, we decided it would be a good time to put together our own teams with a bit of a twist. These teams were picked based on conference only statistics. This helps level the playing field and provides a fair estimate of how players played against each other. Sticking with that theme, all stats listed below are conference-only numbers. The players on each team are listed in order with player of the year honors in bold.

First Team

PPG RPG APG Ortg Usage eFG%
JaJuan Johnson
20.7 8.3 2.5 (blks) 113.0 27.5 49.8
Jordan Taylor 20.1 4.1 4.9 132.8 28.4 55.1
Jared Sullinger 17.1 9.4 1.2 117.0 26.6 53.8
Jon Leuer 18.3 7.3 1.4 113.8 30.2 50.5
E’Twaun Moore 17.7 4.7 3.4 113.4 26.1 52.0

The five selections for this team were relatively routine and I fully expect to see the same five names on the official teams. Selecting the player of the year was much more difficult. I eventually opted with JaJuan Johnson because he’s the most balanced player on the list. He might not be the most efficient offensive player of the bunch but he is arguably the best defender, and still put up very impressive numbers. Jordan Taylor is a statistical marvel, but closing the season with 8 points in a blowout loss to Ohio State leaves a bitter taste. Sullinger finishes third but as the best player on the best team, he was tough to move out of the way as well.

Second Team

PPG RPG APG Ortg Usage eFG%
Talor Battle 20.3 3.7 3.2 115.5 28.2 53.0
William Buford 15.2 3.3 2.6 123.6 21.3 59.0
Kalin Lucas 18.4 2.1 3.3 107.6 28.2 47.5
Trevor Mbakwe 14.1 11.0 1.4 (blks) 112.4 23.1 56.5
Darius Morris 14.6 4.2 6.3 103.6 31.5 48.3

Talor Battle and Kalin Lucas are both scoring guards in point guard bodies that were forced to carry their teams this season. William Buford was ridiculously efficient and is the key to Ohio State’s season going forward. Those three were easy, the next two were not. Mbakwe’s team wilted down the stretch without a point guard but the athletic big man was not at fault, his 14 points and 11 rebounds per game deserve a spot. I actually narrowed things down to Morris and Hardaway for the final spot. I was originally going to choose Hardaway, the more efficient scorer, but eventually decided to take Morris. Morris used more possessions in conference play, mostly because Michigan needed him to. Morris was responsible for roughly half of Michigan’s offense and was the primary reason that the Wolverines overachieved.

Third Team

PPG RPG APG Ortg Usage eFG%
Tim Hardaway Jr. 14.9 3.8 1.9 111.8 24.8 58.2
David Lighty 11.8 4.1 3.1 110.0 21.3 52.2
Demetri McCamey 14.5 3.5 5.4 107.4 26.4 52.8
Draymond Green 12.4 7.9 4.1 106.0 25.6 46.0
Jeff Brooks 14.4 5.6 1.8 122.7 21.2 63.0

All three teams are dominated by players from the top seven teams because ideally the best players play on the best teams. Hardaway was one of the best players in the conference over the second half but an inconsistent first half relegates him to the third team. Draymond Green had a rough year shooting the ball but he does so much else for Michigan State that he deserves a spot. Lighty is in a similar situation, he doesn’t have gaudy scoring numbers but he’s a tremendous defender and is the quintessential glue guy. McCamey’s year was disappointing and plagued by inconsistency but he is still one of the better guards in the league with very solid numbers. Jeff Brooks figured everything out this season but it would have been great if he had one more year of eligibility.

Freshman Team

PPG RPG APG Ortg Usage eFG%
Jared Sullinger 17.1 9.4 1.2 117.0 26.6 53.8
Tim Hardaway Jr. 14.9 3.8 1.9 111.8 24.8 58.2
Melsahn Basabe 13.0 7.3 1.3 (blks) 111.9 24.7 58.1
Aaron Craft 8.1 2.7 4.6 104.6 18.9 50.0
Jordan Morgan 9.5 7.1 .7 (blks) 106.9 19.7 66.0

Sullinger, Hardaway, Basabe and Craft were locks. Sullinger also is a shoe-in for Freshman of the Year. The final spot came down to Jordan Morgan and Jereme Richmond. I think Richmond’s potential is sky high but Morgan posted the better numbers this year, averaging more points and rebounds per game.

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