College basketball insider Jon Rothstein published a list of the nation’s 15 least appreciated players and three Big Ten players were included. Illinois wing Malcolm Hill, Purdue forward Vince Edwards and Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh are among the nation’s least appreciated players, according to Rothstein.
Hill, a senior, averaged 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season.
“It’s not an oversight, it’s an insult,” Rothstein wrote. “For the past two years, Hill has done virtually everything except sell popcorn for the Illini, but never seems to be mentioned among the elite players in the Big Ten.”
Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds for Purdue as a sophomore.
“The 6-7 forward has great versatility and can play multiple positions,” Rothstein wrote. “Purdue will be at its best next season when Edwards slides to the four spot.”
McIntosh averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last season.
“If McIntosh played at a school with a more established basketball traditional then he’d be a cult hero,” Rothstein wrote. “The 6-3 guard is an all-conference caliber guard and should be finally mentioned next season as one of the elite perimeter players in the Big Ten.”