Freshmen to watch in the Big Ten

July, 20, 2012
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Five freshmen to watch in the league...

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin: Bo Ryan's swing offense operates best when he has small forwards who can stretch the floor. Dekker, ranked 17th in the ESPNU 100, gives the Badgers' offense that weapon. Wisconsin's reigning Mr. Basketball might be a more athletic version of former standout Jon Leuer.

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana: Point guard is the one question mark for the Hoosiers. Jordan Hulls (11.5 ppg), more of a wing than a 1, played the part this past season and the Hoosiers still earned a trip to the Sweet 16. But Ferrell, a 5-foot-11 point guard ranked 24th overall in the 2012 class, is a pure point guard who could change Indiana's offense.

Gary Harris, Michigan State: Tom Izzo lost one of the top players in the country when Draymond Green graduated. But he has reloaded with a top-10 recruiting class. Harris is a five-star shooting guard who's fully capable of earning big minutes this year, even though the Spartans return four of their top six scorers from last season.

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan: His father, former Purdue star Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, once led the nation in scoring (30.5 ppg). The son, a 6-6 wing ranked 18th overall in the ESPN 100, is also a gifted scorer and athlete who could win freshman of the year honors in the Big Ten.

Adam Woodbury, Iowa: The 6-11 center is still raw, but he's a left-hander with the potential to grow into one of the league's top big men. Woodbury, who earned MVP honors at the 2011 NBPA Top 100 camp, is ranked 39th in his class.

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