My pick would be Minnesota. Rickert would be my favorite for player of the year next year. MSU will still be up there. Overall it should be a down year for the big10. 3-4 years ago we dominated and now we're down. But the Big10 will be back.
They've been down for a year or two and will be down for at least another season, maybe two. But Michigan, MSU, Illinois and some others are still getting great recruits. They were just hit hard by early defections. Illinois is probably my favorite Big 10 team, but I don't know if they'll have the talent to win this year. I don't like either of the Michigan teams or Iowa at all because of their fans. The only bad part about liking Illinois and being an MU fan is that they play eachother every year and go head to head for many recruits. Next year Kalen Grimes out of St. Louis will be a top 10 player in the country and Mizzou and Illinois are going to battle to the death for him. I'm a Mizzou fan over Illinois whenever they compete though.
I think that Minnesota has a chance with Johnson and Rickert. Michigan St. has Kelvin Torbert and Chris Hill along with frosh Paul Davis. I think Illinois will suck cuz all they got is Cook. Michigan i think is a sleeper team with Daniel Horten at the point and Blanchard and Bernard Robinson Jr. on the wings. Iowa with Pierre Pierce, Jerome Harper and Jared Reiner looks like it could make some noise as well
I think you will see once the season starts Cook is not all Illinois has. We have the best spot up shooter in the conference in Harrinton. Roger Powell was the leading scorer when the Big Ten "stars" played in Europe earlier this month. Other players in that leagei included Tom Cverdale, Bernard Robinson Jr., and Chris HIll. We have an incoming PG who was a McDonald's All-American and another freshman point who probally would have been an All Amercain himself if he did have Bracy WRight on his team with him in H.S. I can go on and on but by the end of the season Ill. will be considered one of the deepest teams in the country.