The Big10 Network released their Preseason All-Big10 team and a familiar name made the list.
Preseason All-@B1GMBBall Team:— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 9, 2020
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
AYO DOSUNMO, Illinois
Trayce Jackson-Davis - Indiana
LUKA GARZA, Iowa*
Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
Aaron Henry, MSU
Marcus, Carr, Minnesota
Trevion Williams, Purdue
Geo Baker, Rutgers
Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin
* -- Preseason POY pic.twitter.com/pQAjSJISYT
Williams will be the Boilermakers’s go to player in the post in 2020 as they look to rebound from a difficult and disappointing 2019 campaign.
Trevion averaged 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season and his game continues to evolve as the big man out of Henry Ford Academy in Chicago continues to transform his body. He averaged 21.5 minutes a game last season as a sophomore and Purdue needs that number to go up as a junior. His ability to stay on the court will be paramount for Purdue’s chances this season with questions looming at the back up center position.
One stat that should improve for Williams in 2020 is assists. Last season he averaged 1.5 assists per game, which doesn’t match his elite passing ability out of the post. The 2020 teams influx of offensive talent should give him more opportunities to show case his passing skills. I will write a full length feature on the first player who cuts to the rim for an easy dunk off a Trevion post up (it’s a major award folks).
Joining Him on the Squad
Iowa and Illinois are represented by two players, showing why many consider them to be among the favorites to take home the Big10 title this season. It’s interesting to see Minnesota and Rutgers each have a representative while Maryland and Rutgers are shut out.
I like the Big10 network rewarding returning players, but I think at least one freshman will make the post-season team. Indiana’s Khristian Lander is the highest rated freshman joining the conference at 27th overall (247) and I.U. needs him to be good early. Illinois’s Adam Miller was ranked just behind Lander at 33 but it’s hard to see him getting enough usage on a stacked Illinois team to push his way into the post season team.
Purdue’s Jaden Ivey is a potential sleeper because of the Boilermakers desperate need for offensive playmakers. He’s a natural scorer and has a developed offensive game after growing up in a college basketball environment because of his mother. I doubt there are many players in the nation that have spent more time on or around a basketball court. He should be able to hit the ground running in West Lafayette.