The Big Ten released its preseason awards on Wednesday afternoon, naming Maryland’s Melo Trimble preseason player of the year.
Trimble, who averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, was a unanimous choice for the preseason All-Big Ten team along with Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons, and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.
Joining that group of players on the preseason All-Big Ten team are Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Maryland’s Jake Layman, Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell, and Michigan’s Caris LeVert.
Most of the members on this team have been named to the All-Big Ten teams before. Ferrell was named to both the coaches’ and media’s first team last year. Trimble was first team on the media’s poll and the second team on the coaches’ poll. Hammons was on the second team of both ballots. Hayes and Valentine were on the third team from both the media and coaches. Layman made the third team by the media, and Uthoff made it on the third team of the coaches. LeVert made the second team back in 2014.
Nine of the 10 players in this group featured in CBSSports’ Top 100 (and one) players in college basketball for 2015-16. Trimble was the highest-rated player at No. 7. The second-highest was Hayes at No. 12, with Denzel Valentine, Caris LeVert and Yogi Ferrell also featured in the top 20. Jarrod Uthoff is the only player not featured in the Top 100 (and one).