Chicago College Basketball's All-Big Ten Teams

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A lot has already been said about the Big Ten teams. Heck, everyone has selected one. (Two of the better ones you'll find are at UMHoops.com and Sippin' On Purple - if only for the award names.) Also, you won't find any third team here. The league is only 11 teams deep, why do we need 15 all-league players? That said, I've included my Freshman and Glue teams instead.

All-Big Ten First Team:
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue - Player of the Year
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
All-Big Ten Second Team:
Talor Battle, Penn State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Darius Morris, Michigan
All-Glue Team:
David Lighty, Ohio State
Mike Capocci, Northwestern
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Keaton Kankivil, Wisconsin
All-Freshman Team:
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Jereme Richmond, Illinois
Melsahn Basabe, Iowa
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
There is a lot of young talent in the Big Ten. You could make a second team all-freshman team pretty easily with Michigan's Jordan Morgan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State; Josh Gasser, Wisconsin and Victor Oladipo, Indiana. Even then you're leaving off some pretty big contributors like Northwestern's JerShon Cobb and Indiana's Will Sheehey. This conference is set up to be very competitive moving forward.
Also, a few players didn't make these teams due to injury. Northwestern's John Shurna was one of the best players in the conference until he got injured and had to spend most of the time he's not playing in the games in a walking boot. Al Nolen's value to Minnesota should be obvious by now as well. Finally, Christian Watford of Indiana also missed some time otherwise he'd be a candidate as well.
Then there are a few guys that I left off that I probably shouldn't have. Illinois' Demetri McCamey and Brandon Paul are very talented players that don't get their just due here, but cutting it off at 10 players means having to leave someone off. Also, Michael Thompson was the heart and soul of Northwestern for four years, but I didn't think he should be on any of these teams. It's just an absolutely loaded league. 
You can read more about my take on the Big Ten before the conference tournament starts up over at Rush the Court.

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