Big Ten Basketball: The Top 10 Candidates for Freshman of the Year

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Big Ten Basketball: The Top 10 Candidates for Freshman of the Year
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Earlier this week, we broke down the Big Ten's best freshman classes and found Michigan's group the best of the lot.

Individually, though, the race for Big Ten Freshman of the Year should be a wild one all the way into March.

The league's 12 teams feature 13 freshmen playing 20-plus minutes per game. Nine of those players are averaging at least seven points per game, a respectable figure for rookies in the predominantly defensive-minded Big Ten.

The 10 players depicted in this slideshow should be considered the primary candidates for the league's best newcomer.

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