Every year around this time, each league selects their all-conference teams. Most of the time it consists of a 1st, 2nd and 3rd team. I decided to construct one, but with a slightly different take. I made a Big Ten all-star team with the idea in mind that they would actually have to play someone.
The following team doesn't necessarily reflect who I think should be on the traditional all-conference team. Instead I placed importance on what players would play well together, thus, forming the best team. Anyway, here is the squad:
PG - Trey Burke 6'0"Michigan: Easy choice here. Burke is not only the best point guard in the country, but he might win the Wooden Award. Outstanding facilitator (6.9 APG), scorer (19.1 PPG on 49.2% shooting) and defender.
SG - Gary Harris 6'4" Michigan State: Harris has turned into one of the most reliable 3-point shooters in the B1G (47.1% in conference play), and he is also one of the better on-the-ball defenders. He would help make Burke's job a lot easier.
SF - Victor Oladipo 6'5" Indiana: In my opinion, Oladipo is the best overall player in the country. He is probably the most explosive athlete in college basketball, a great defender, a killer offensively (63.1% from the field!), and a reliable shooter (49.1% from 3). Game-changer is the best adjective I can think of describe Oladipo.
PF - Deshaun Thomas 6'7" Ohio State: Thomas is arguably the best natural scorer in the conference. He would get a ton of open looks in this lineup, and his shooting percentages would go way up. Thomas has also improved his defense greatly, even though it isn't close to being a strength.
C - Trevor Mbakwe 6'8" Minnesota: Most would put Zeller here, but I don't think he is what this lineup needs. The combination of Burke, Harris, Oladipo and Thomas wouldn't need any help scoring, but what every team can use is a dominate physical presence down low (8.7 RPG and 1.5 BPG). Not to mention, he owned Zeller a week and a half ago.
PG - Aaron Craft 6'2" Ohio State: Again, this team won't need a lot of scoring. However, having the best defensive player in the country wouldn't hurt any team.
SG - Brandon Paul 6'4" Illinois: Paul has had a nice career with Illinois, even though they really haven't won anything while he's been there. If the team needed a big shot, Paul could really help out nicely.
SF - Tim Hardaway Jr. 6'5" Michigan: Michigan:Streaky shooter and player, but he can really fill it up when he gets hot. Good player, and will be a pro very soon.
PF - Adreian Payne 6'10" Michigan State: What's not to like about Payne? He has length (7'4" wingspan), he can shoot (44.4% from 3 and 81.7% from the line), he can defend (1.2 BPG), and he can rebound (7.6 RPG).
C - Cody Zeller 6'11" Indiana: If you can't tell by the "2nd team," the Big Ten is pretty good. Zeller might be the B1G's best pro prospect, and he is really a crafty scorer in the post. He would provide a great lift as the team's 6th man.
PG - Jordan Hulls 6'0" Indiana: Senior who is a great team-guy and a knock down shooter. Might be nice to have a the end of the game when the opposing team is fouling.
PF - Christian Watford 6'9" Indiana: Too good of a player to be left off of the team.
C - Jared Berggren 6'10" Wisconsin: Can't hurt to have a another great defender (2 BPG) who happens to be a big body and a senior.
If you happen to be a fan of another conference, this team would slaughter your all-star team. A lot of NBA prospects on this team, and a ton of versatility. If they were playing a team with a lot of length, Payne and Zeller would step in and play more minutes than Thomas and Mbakwe. Conversely, this team would have the ability to go small, as well.