Purdue picked to win Big Ten, Hummel POY

Big Ten basketball media day will start in about an hour here in Chicago.

The league has already announced the preseason projections compiled by a 22-member media panel. That esteemed group picked Purdue as the favorite to win the league and named Boilermakers star Robbie Hummel the preseason player of the year.

Joining him on the All-Big Ten team are his teammate E’Twaun Moore, Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan, Wisconsin’s Marcus Landry and Michigan’s Manny Harris.

The full release from the Big Ten appears after the jump . . .


Park Ridge, Ill.—Purdue swingman Robbie Hummel was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by a 22-member media panel, the conference announced today. Hummel’s Boilermakers were tabbed as the preseason favorite for the 2008-09 men’s basketball season by the media panel.  


Hummel was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year after earning first-team All-Conference and All-Freshman Team accolades last year. He led the Big Ten in three-point field percentage in conference games while averaging 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in all games. He becomes the first Purdue standout to earn Preseason Player of the Year accolades since Chad Austin received the honor in 1997.


The Boilermakers welcome back all five starters from a year ago, returning 82 percent of their scoring overall. Purdue finished with a 25-9 record and a 15-3 conference mark. Entering his fourth season at the Boilermakers helm, Matt Painter will aim to lead the Boilermakers to a conference crown for the first time since 1996. Painter has led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  


With the return of three starters and three of its top four scorers from last season, Michigan State garners a second-place showing in the preseason poll. The Spartans finished fourth in the Big Ten last year with a 12-6 mark and 27-9 overall record under veteran head coach Tom Izzo. Michigan State is led by a talented trio in Raymar Morgan, Kalin Lucas and Goran Suton, accounting for 47 percent of the team’s offensive production in 2007-08.


Wisconsin, the defending Big Ten and Big Ten Tournament champion, earned the remaining votes for the No. 3 preseason slot. Head coach Bo Ryan guided the Badgers to a school-record 31 wins last season and a berth into the Sweet Sixteen. Ryan’s Badgers are one of only five teams in the country to win 30 or more games in each of the last two seasons.


The five-man Preseason All-Big Ten Team is highlighted by one first-team All-Big Ten returnee in Hummel, while Michigan’s Manny Harris, Michigan State’s Morgan and Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore were named to the second team by the coaches and media. Wisconsin’s Landry is the fifth member of the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and was named to the second team by the coaches before being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player.




2008-09 Top Three Preseason Picks
Team                                               2007-08 Final Records (Finish)

1.         Purdue                                25-9, 15-3 Big Ten (2nd)

2.         Michigan State                     27-9, 12-6 Big Ten (4th)

3.         Wisconsin                             31-5, 16-2 Big Ten (1st)



2008-09 Big Ten Preseason All-Conference Team
Player                                                             2007-08 Final Stats

Manny Harris, MICH, So., G                           16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Raymar Morgan, MSU, Jr., F                          14.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg 

Robbie Hummel, PUR, So., F                          11.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg

E’Twaun Moore, PUR, So., G                         12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg 

Marcus Landry, WIS, Sr., F                             10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg



2008-09 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year

Robbie Hummel, PUR



  1. This just goes to show that the Big 10 is going to be weak this year. I’m not trying to take away from Purdue and Hummel, but if you look at the ACC, Big East and Big 12, they have stronger teams and individual players. I believe that the Big 10 will only have four teams in the NCAA Tournament and three in the NIT.

  2. Jared, your dead on about Big 10 football.
    But just looking at the preseason all conference team: 3 SO,1 JR and only one senior. It looks like many teams are going to be lacking senior leadership. Or has the “one and dones” and transfers hurt many team this year?

  3. I agree. For a while, I didn’t put much into the Big Ten being weaker, as these things seem cyclical. However, it seems as if the conference as a whole has been weaker compared to others for several seasons. Especially once you get past the top 1-3 in the league, in both sports, it gets pretty bleak. Any ideas why?

  4. Wisco,

    The biggest difference between the Big Ten and the power conferences of today – particularly the SEC – is speed, in my opinion.

    The Big Ten is still recruiting high profile football players, but the southern schools have focused on speedy athletes than can be utilized anywhere on the field.

    Just look at the defensive lines at those schools – they’re not only freaks in terms of size, they are crazy fast and fly around the entire field, not just around the line of scrimmage.

    As it has been said a million times before, speed is something that cannot be coached. The significant difference in speed between the Big Ten and other conferences isn’t distinctly obvious until the bowl games…insert Ohio State (the Big Ten’s best team over the past decade) vs. Florida and LSU here (the top SEC programs of the last decade).

    There are other factors, like better coaching overall in the SEC, but the athletes and speed are the biggest difference to me.


  5. Jared, not to get on this topic but I would put the Big 10 coaches up against SEC. For cryin out loud, we have Jopa and Tressel, enough said. I think the 2 biggest factors are: 1. The kids want to play in a warm climate and I cannot blame them. 2. I read in a magazine in 2005 about just how much easier it is for kids to get in to the SEC schools compared to others. The story talked about how the Big 10 has not given in and kept their standards high but the SEC has really caved on it.
    I also know for a fact because of a family member that has the inside track that in 2004 to 2006 the graduation rate for SEC and Big 12 football players was 12-15% lower than the Big 10. That is huge!

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