The Big Ten was college basketball’s best conference last season, and while it may not run away with that title in 2013-14, it’s going to be awfully impressive once again. One of the striking advantages the league will again boast is a remarkable balance of elite players all over the lineup, not just in its traditional frontcourt power base.
Of course, that’s not to neglect the value of bruising big men such as Michigan star Mitch McGary. The Wolverines center could easily have declared for the NBA draft after a dazzling postseason performance, but instead he’s back to help the Maize and Blue try to climb back towards a B1G title.
Read on for more on McGary and the rest of the best players in the conference, position by position. These rankings do take potential into account, but proven performance counts for a lot more (especially in this grueling league).