While the Big Ten should still be regarded as the nation's top conference entering the 2012-13 season, I think it is worth noting that arguably half of the conference will be without their top performing player from a year ago.
Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger both decided to forego their final two collegiate seasons and enter the NBA, while Draymond Green was drafted following his senior year.
Regardless of whether the players listed here are in the NBA, NBA Developmental League, playing in Europe or done with their basketball careers, there is nothing that can be taken away from the efforts that each gave to their respective Big Ten school over the past few years.
In this article, I will highlight one player from each Big Ten squad and give a breakdown on the player's game as well as offer insight as to who may take on their role this next season.
While there could be much debate with this list, especially with the top six players, keep in mind that I took all four years of the player's career into account. So those that were four year starters gave more overall during their four years, even if they weren't as good as others later on.