LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. While none of the 12 "Big Three" combinations listed here match up with those elite NBA players, I think you get the idea of where this article is going.
While role players can often times be the difference between two evenly matched teams, I am a firm believer that teams need three legitimate and consistent scoring threats to compete at the highest possible level.
Some of these trios are already established, while a few are more like shots in the dark. Only two freshmen and one transfer made the list, although by season's end teams may be counting on these new players more than I can give them credit for now.
This list is not (emphasis on not) my preseason ranking for the Big Ten by any means. Teams with more depth outside their "Big Three" will be more successful than those without such depth. Let's take a look at each squad's trifecta of star players.