Practice has already started and college basketball games are just more than three weeks away. With that comes predictions, and not just top 25s, league standings and preseason all-conference picks.
Sports Illustrated took its predictions a step further, using analytics to predict college basketball’s top 100 scorers from the top eight conferences for the 2016-17 season. The list – which can be found in full here – is loaded with Big Ten players.
Iowa’s Peter Jok is projected as the Big Ten’s top point producer and Sports Illustrated predicts he’ll score 21.4 points per game. Jok, a sharp-shooting guard, knocked down 40.2 percent of his 3-pointers last year and scored 16.1 PPG.
Also in the top 10 was Illinois’ Malcolm Hill, who SI projected at 18.7 PPG. Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. was 13th on the list with a projected 17.6 PPG.
Here are the rest of the Big Ten players on the list with their rank and projected points per game average:
Maryland’s Melo Trimble (22nd, 16.7)
Rutgers’ Corey Sanders (32nd, 16.2)
Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (47th, 15.9)
Minnesota’s Nate Mason (62nd, 15.0)
Ohio State’s Marc Loving (65th, 14.9)
Penn State’s Shep Garner (71st, 14.7)
Michigan’s Zak Irvin (83rd, 14.1)