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College basketball insider predicts Big Ten awards for 2022-2023 season

Nick Schultz08/09/22
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Despite losing some key playmakers after last season, multiple notable names are still back for the 2022-23 Big Ten basketball season. Even though college football is on fans’ minds, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein previewed the Big Ten hoops season this week with his award predictions.

All five players from last year’s first team All-Big Ten team are out, meaning a new group will fill those spots this season. One of the biggest NBA Draft decisions came from Indiana star Trayce Jackson-Davis, who opted to head back to the Hoosiers for one more go-round for Mike Woodson and Co. His return is a big reason Indiana is seen as a potential early favorite in the league.

In addition, Hunter Dickinson is back at Michigan to help lead the Wolverines this year. Last year didn’t go as planned for Juwan Howard’s group, but they still made a run to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Dickinson is all but certain to play a big role for Michigan once again this year.

Jackson-Davis and Dickinson ended up sharing Rothstein’s Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year honor while also anchoring his first team all-league. After the departure of Keegan Murray at Iowa, his brother, Kris Murray, slid into his spot on the first team all-conference team, according to Rothstein.

Here are his full preseason predictions:

Jon Rothstein’s Preseason First Team All-Big Ten
Kris Murray
Iowa
Cliff OmoruyiRutgers
Trayce Jackson-Davis
Indiana
Hunter DickinsonMichigan
Zach EdeyPurdue

Jon Rothstein’s Preseason Big Ten Players of the Year
Trayce Jackson-Davis
Indiana
Hunter Dickinson — Michigan

Jon Rothstein reveals preseason Big Ten power rankings

Rothstein also unveiled his too-early Big Ten power rankings, putting Jackson-Davis and the Hoosiers at No. 1. Purdue sits ahead of Michigan despite the loss of Jaden Ivey. But getting Edey back, along with Mason Gillis, could help put the Boilermakers in position for another solid campaign.

Jon Rothstein’s Big Ten preseason power rankings

1. Indiana
2. Purdue
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
6. Illinois
7. Wisconsin
8. Rutgers
9. Iowa
10. Maryland
11. Northwestern
12. Penn State
13. Minnesota
14. Nebraska