While the 2011-12 college basketball season has come and gone, recent articles like Power Ranking Cody Zeller and the Big Ten's Centers by Scott Henry have made me decide to recap this past season of Big Ten basketball by doing a position-by-position ranking.
Unlike Scott, I will simply rank all 12 players (one from each team) on a single slide. After ranking all five starters, the sixth man and the head coach, I then added up each team's total to see who stood out. After all of this, it turned out to be pretty similar to the final Big Ten standings from this past winter.
Another reason for the article is to compare and contrast between Scott's five lists. While many players have graduated in 2012, it's interesting to see the similarities and differences between the lists, as well as try to determine who this year's breakout players will be. These rankings were determined by each team's lineups at the end of the season, regardless of whether that is the player's natural position or not.