As we all know the Big Ten is one of the best — if not the best — conference in college basketball. It is a conference full of great pride and tradition but out of all the great teams and great players in the Big Ten, I have selected a group of kids I think should be first—team All—Americans.
These players have the best basketball and leadership skills in the whole Big Ten Conference, in my opinion.
McCamey is the heart and soul of the llinois men's basketball team. He's leading the Big Ten in assists for the second straight year, he has a good shooting touch and great court vision.
Basically, he has everything a point guard should have.
For my shooting guard I have a great, quick, scorer in Talor Battle. He has led his team from being winless in Big Ten games last year to wins over Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan State this year.
They also came right down to the wire with Ohio State and Purdue. Battle is one of the Big Ten's best scorers and such a great ball handler that I had to put him in this spot.
Leuer is my choice at small forward. He is a great shooter — one of the best in the Big Ten. He creates his own shots and passes the ball quite well.
Not only that, he averages 7.2 rebounds a game and is a lock down defender. Another thing Leuer has is leadership and that's why I picked him and that's why he has led the Badgers to a great start of conference play.
John Shurna of Northwestern is my power forward. Like Leuer, he is a great scorer and also a great leader. He plays on an average college team but Northwestern is second in the Big Ten in points per game. Shurna leads the team in points with 19.5 per game.
Shurna has good fundamentals, he will guard your best player, make good choices, and plays at 100% all the time. He is someone I would want everyone to play like and that's why I picked him.
JaJaun Johnson rounds out my team at center. He is a pure physical player, one of the best in the conference. He leads the Big Ten in points 20.5 per game. He is in the top five in rebounds with 8.1 per game. He also leads the conference in blocks with 2.3 per game. There is not much else to say. The stats speak for themselves.