Big Ten Basketball: 10 Biggest Surprise Stars This Year

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Big Ten Basketball: 10 Biggest Surprise Stars This Year
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The emergence of DeShaun Thomas has Buckeye fans thinking about a 2012 National Championship

From a fan's standpoint, the college basketball season has produced many surprises thus far. Some of the biggest have come with the emergence of several young stars in the Big Ten Conference. 

In the past several years, the cycle of dominant teams in the conference has stayed consistent. Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin have been the bullies on the block. The same can be said about its star players, who have tended to hail from the "power" schools.

Well, the times seem to be changing. The 2011-2012 season has seen a resurgence of previous conference powerhouse programs such as Indiana and Michigan, as well as a surge of standout players popping up from schools all over Big Ten country.

Here are the 10 most surprising Big Ten stars of the college basketball season.

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