The fourth college basketball yearbook published this fall, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was released this week.
Here are some other IU and Big Ten centric notes from the yearbook:
· Yogi Ferrell is a preseason fourth team All-American. Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Maryland’s Melo Trimble are second team while Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine join Ferrell on the fourth team.
· Maryland is preseason No. 2, Michigan State is No. 15, Michigan is No. 17 and Purdue is No. 19.
· Blue Ribbon projects Indiana to start Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Troy Williams, Collin Hartman and Thomas Bryant.
· Blue Ribbon’s projected order of finish in the Big Ten is Maryland, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers.
· Ferrell was picked to Blue Ribbon’s preseason Big Ten all-conference team along with Trimble, Hayes, Valentine and Michigan’s Caris LeVert.
· Hayes is the publication’s pick for Big Ten player of the year while Michigan State’s Eron Harris is picked as the conference’s newcomer of the year.