Published Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:08 am
BASKETBALL
Big Ten All-League

Aaron Craft, Ohio State, guard, 6-2, Sr.: The first-team All-Big Ten pick and all-defensive team captain simply is a massive pain to play against.

Gary Harris, Michigan State, guard, 6-4, So.: He was Big Ten freshman of the year despite repeatedly playing through injury. Elite combination of shooter and defender.

Adreian Payne, Michigan State, forward, 6-10, Sr.: Second-team All-Big Ten who is preseason first-team All-American. Top 10 in Big Ten in four statistical categories.

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, forward, 6-6, So.: The son of 1994 Big Ten player of the year Glenn “Big Dog'' Robinson should blossom as a big scorer this season.

Mitch McGary, Michigan, forward, 6-10, So.: Exploded in postseason play, making Final Four and South Regional all-tourney teams. Flirted with NBA before returning.

Player of year: Harris

Newcomer of year

Noah Vonleh, Indiana: This 6-10, 240-pounder is likely a one-and-done player who the Hoosiers will look to for big contributions.

Coach of year

Tom Izzo, Michigan State: He's looking for a seventh Final Four in 19 years.

NCAA teams: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana

NIT teams: Purdue, Illinois

Contact the writer: Lee Barfknecht

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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