Expectations are incredibly high for the upcoming season in regards to Big Ten basketball teams. Indiana should be the top-ranked team to start the year, while Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all could find spots in the Top 10. On top of that, Wisconsin and Minnesota could be Top 25 squads.
Northwestern, Purdue and Iowa all believe they can reach the Field of 68 as well, while Illinois, Penn State and Nebraska are in rebuilding stages with newer coaches. Although it lost some talented seniors, it's tough to see any other conference as deep and strong as the Big Ten.
The rankings of these 70 players are based on a Big Ten Conference mock draft that I participated in this past Sunday evening, along with 10 others. The draft went six rounds and your roster contains two guards, two forwards, a center and a utility, one of which must be a freshman.
Previously, I wrote about a Big East mock draft that I oversaw. But as a huge Big Ten fan who also primarily writes articles on the conference, I found the Big Ten draft to be more exciting.
There are three fantasy statistics that players are based on: points, rebounds/blocks combined and assists/steals combined. So, while a player's fantasy value may not be the same as their overall value as a player and to their team, this should offer a unique look at the players the Big Ten has to offer in 2012-13.