Oct. 25, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Junior guard Aaron Craft and junior forward Deshaun Thomas were named to the 2012-13 Preseason All-Big Ten Team Thursday morning at the Big Ten media day in Chicago while the Buckeyes were picked third in the preseason poll by the media.
Indiana has been chosen as the Big Ten favorite heading into the 2012-13 season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Hoosier sophomore Cody Zeller as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State, two of the three teams that shared the 2011-12 Big Ten title, were selected to finish second and third, respectively, in the conference.
Zeller was a unanimous pick to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and was joined on the squad by the Wolverines' Trey Burke, the Buckeyes' Craft Deshaun Thomas and Penn State's Tim Frazier.
Ohio State returns three starters from last year's Final Four squad. The Buckeyes won a share of last year's Big Ten title and are led by ninth-year head coach Thad Matta. Craft and Thomas both earned All-Big Ten recognition a season ago, while Craft was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Indiana returns all five starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 overall record. The Hoosiers are led by fifth-year head coach Tom Crean. Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches last year and was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and media last season.
Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year's NCAA Tournament squad that won a share of the Big Ten title. Head Coach John Beilein enters his sixth year with the program and returns a pair of All-Big Ten selections in Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke was the media's selection for Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season.
The complete 2012 Preseason All-Big Ten Team and preseason poll can be found below.
2012-13 BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
3. Ohio State
2012-13 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS