With the official begin of follow lower than every week away, UMHoops and Inside the Hall have as soon as once more partnered to deliver you our annual preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten.
The collection is damaged into 5 components and our first installment of players 25-21 for the 2022-23 season is offered beneath:
Also thought of(*25*): Tyson Walker (Michigan State), Jett Howard (Michigan), Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana), Skyy Clark (Illinois), Jahmir Young (Maryland), Mason Gillis (Purdue)
25. Justice Sueing, Ohio State (6-foot-6, ahead, redshirt senior)
Justice Sueing checked in at No. 17 on final 12 months’s checklist however his season was reduce quick after simply two video games resulting from an belly harm. He did not take part in Ohio State’s abroad journey this summer time, however he’s reportedly totally wholesome heading into the season.
When wholesome, he is a 6-foot-7 wing who can rating inside and outdoors and get to the free-throw line constantly. Sueing shot 54 p.c on 2s and 36 p.c on 3s whereas averaging 11 factors and 5 rebounds per sport in his final wholesome season.
This is an Ohio State roster that desperately wants a go-to perimeter scorer, and Sueing has the potential to be that man for Chris Holtmann if he is again to the kind he confirmed earlier in his profession.
24. Jalen Pickett, Penn State (6-foot-4, guard, senior+)
Jalen Pickett performed a Big Ten-leading 93 p.c of obtainable minutes for Penn State in Micah Shrewsberry’s first season in cost. While the Nittany Lions’ glacial tempo helped him keep on the ground, Pickett needed to do virtually all of the heavy lifting for a PSU offense that lacked supporting firepower.
Pickett completed 4th in the Big Ten – and 1st amongst returning players – in factors per sport created out of ball display screen conditions, per Synergy Sports. He additionally completed 4th in the convention in factors per sport scored from jumpers off the dribble, a reminder of the problem of photographs he was pressured to aim on a nightly foundation. A helpful reference level to place his 48.2 p.c efficient discipline objective share into context.
Pickett’s workload and particular person manufacturing wasn’t sufficient to get the Nittany Lions over the hump as they completed 14-17 with the second-worst offense in the Big Ten, but when Shrewsberry’s squad is ready to take a step ahead in 2022-23 it should virtually definitely be resulting from Pickett’s playmaking at the level guard place.
23. Tony Perkins, Iowa (6-foot-4, guard, junior)
Iowa was a distinct crew final season after inserting Perkins in the beginning lineup previous to the Minnesota sport on February 6. The Hawkeyes went 12-3 with the Indianapolis native as a starter. The athletic guard scored in double figures in 5 of Iowa’s ultimate 9 video games, together with three video games of 16 or extra factors.
As a starter, Perkins averaged 8.4 factors, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and only one turnover in solely 20.8 minutes per sport. He shot 50 p.c on 2s and 40.9 p.c on 3s over the season’s ultimate 15 video games.
Perkins, a co-winner of Iowa’s most improved participant award final season, ought to be the crew’s major offensive possibility in the backcourt as a junior. Defensively, he ranked fifth in the Big Ten final season in steal share. With the commencement of Jordan Bohannon, look for Perkins to take a serious step ahead this winter.
22. Jaelin Llewelyn, Michigan (6-foot-2, guard, graduate pupil)
For the third consecutive season, Michigan will name on a graduate switch from a decrease league to step in and deal with level guard duties. The Wolverine offense will nonetheless be constructed round All-American large man Hunter Dickinson, however somebody has to get him the ball.
That might be Princeton graduate switch Jaelin Llewellyn, like Mike Smith and DeVante’ Jones earlier than him, who might be orchestrating Juwan Howard’s elaborate ball display screen offense to unlock the passing angles to search out Dickinson in the paint.
Llewellyn led Michigan in scoring throughout its abroad journey and averaged 5 assists to 1.5 turnovers per sport. On paper, he splits the distinction between Michigan’s earlier graduate switch level guards. He’s greater and extra athletic than Smith and a greater shooter than Jones.
The large query is how his level guard expertise adapt to Michigan’s system. The former top-100 recruit is coming from the Princeton offense the place the major playmaker was a giant man and he may focus extra on scoring. Michigan wants him to offer a scoring punch, but in addition unlock the protection to create alternatives for others.
21. Race Thompson, Indiana (6-foot-8, ahead, redshirt senior)
There’s nothing flashy about Thompson’s sport, however there is not any disputing his manufacturing in Indiana’s frontcourt. Thompson was third on the Hoosiers in scoring final season at 11.1 factors per sport. He ranked eighth in the Big Ten in 2-level discipline objective share and was seventeenth in the convention in offensive score.
Thompson additionally ranked in the top ten in the Big Ten in defensive rebounding share and was twentieth in block share. The Hoosiers had the league’s greatest protection final season and Thompson’s work alongside Trayce Jackson-Davis was a serious motive why.
Offensively, his bread and butter is ending round the rim, however Mike Woodson allowed him the freedom to step out to the perimeter. That a part of Thompson’s sport continues to be unproven as he made simply 27.3 p.c of his 3s on 55 makes an attempt final season. If Thompson can deliver that share into the low to mid 30s, it will be a serious increase to an Indiana offense that’s nonetheless searching for constant perimeter taking pictures choices.
Filed to: 2022-23 season preview, Race Thompson