With the non-conference season winding down, and Big Ten play set to start up Monday when Indiana takes on Penn State, I wanted to put out my all-conference teams through the first half of the season. The two five-man teams are completely based on non-conference play and use a combination of tempo-free statistics, regular statistics and general observations. The "Honorable Mention" list at the end is more an "Others Considered" list and generally highlights players that did well during non-conference play and didn't make the cut for either team.
All the action is after the jump.
All-Big Ten Non-Conference 1st Team:
F Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
F John Shurna, Northwestern
C JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
G Demetri McCamey, Illinois
G E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
All-Big Ten Non-Conference 2nd Team:
F Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
F Draymond Green, Michigan State
F Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
G Talor Battle, Penn State
G Darius Morris, Michigan
Honorable Mentions (alphabetical): Jeff Brooks (F, Penn State), William Buford (G, Ohio State), Jon Diebler (G, Ohio State), Blake Hoffarber (G, Minnesota), Dallas Lauderdale (C, Ohio State), David Lighty (F, Ohio State), D.J. Richardson (G, Illinois), Michael Thompson (G, Northwestern), Jordan Taylor (G, Wisconsin), DeShaun Thomas (F, Ohio State), Christian Watford (F, Indiana)
Notes: The toughest decision was leaving Jon Leuer off of the first team. There just wasn't anywhere to put him after giving a spot to Jared Sullinger and John Shurna, who have been absolute beasts in non-conference play.
Purdue, at 11-1, is currently projected to finish second in the conference by Ken Pomeroy, so the Boildermakers have obviously come a long way - even after losing Robbie Hummel. E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson have carried the offense, accounting for a combined 54.5 percent of the offense when they're on the court, which is often.
It'll be very interesting to see how this shakes out because right now the conference seems to be extremely balanced outside of Ohio State.