The Top 25 Big Ten Players 2022-23: 5-1 – Inside the Hall

With official training starting less than a week later, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have once again teamed up to bring you our annual pre-season breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten.

The series is divided into five parts and the fifth and final installment of Players 5-1 for the 2022-23 season is available below:

previously: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6

5. Clifford Omuroy, Rutgers (6ft-11, medium, small)

Omoruyi may not be as prolific as an offensive weapon as the other two big boys in the top five, but it’s arguably the best duo in the conference. It protects the rim, grips the glass and finishes what looks like whatever grabs around the rim with a sure dip. He converted 93 plots last season, ranking second in the country after Duke Mark Williams, per Bart Turvik.

Omoruyi averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds last season and scored 63.5 percent inside the arc while finishing fourth in the league in block average.

Perhaps most terrifying for the rest of the Big Ten is that Omoruyi is still on the upward trajectory of his growth as a player. He’s made big leaps in his sophomore year and is ready to build on that success and expand his offensive repertoire as a rookie as a focal point for Steve Biekel.

4. Chris Murray, Iowa (6ft 8, striker, junior)

With his twin brother moving to the NBA as a lottery pick, Murray returned to Iowa City as the top escape candidate in the Big Ten. Despite being included in several big board drafts this past spring, Murray didn’t even test the waters in favor of back to school. Entering the season as the best prospect for the NBA draft in the conference.

Having barely seen the floor as a freshman, Murray took a huge step forward last season in favor of Fran McCaffrey. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 17.9 minutes per game. While Murray is more of an ocean-oriented player than his brother, last season he achieved 58.2 percent in team play at the conference’s highest 16th usage rate. Murray also scored an impressive 38.7 percent in 3 seconds last season with 111 attempts.

Defensively, he was seventh in the top ten in mass percentage, eleventh in stealth percentage and was among the top 25 defensive rebounders in the conference.

With a 40-minute average of 21.7 points and 9.5 rebounds last season, it’s not hard to see a clear path to Murray’s All-Big Ten first team honors by the end of the season.

3. Zach Eddy, Bordeaux (7-foot-4, middle, junior)

Eddy averaged 30.3 points and 16.2 rebounds per 40 minutes as a sophomore. Of course, he only played 19 minutes per game as he split the five minutes with Tryvon Williams.

Now a petite and the primary big guy on the roster, this Purdue team is Team Eddy. The question becomes how many minutes he can play with Matt Painter. Eddie only played 25 minutes or more three times last season, but if he can regularly beat that total this season, he should be among the most productive big men in the country.

There’s a conversation to be had about how many minutes Edey can play given his massive size and lack of mobility defending ball screens.

Someone like Isaac Haas, the former Bordeaux man, topped the score at 23.4 minutes in the same system but it’s impossible to overlook the statistical dominance of every minute when Eddie is on the field in pre-season.

2. Trace Jackson Davis, Indiana (6ft 9, striker, senior)

In a surprising development to many, Jackson Davis opted to return to Bloomington for a fourth season after leading the Hoosiers back to the NCAA Championship last March.

Jackson-Davis put on his best season as a Hoosier last winter as his efficiency numbers improved. His two-point field goal percentage improved by 7.6 percent and led the Hoosiers in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 RPG).

As Mike Woodson allowed more freedom for Jackson Davis defensively, he thrived as a blocker. He finished third in the league in mass percentage and his average per game improved from 1.4 to 2.3 per game.

His late-season dominance propelled Indiana back into the postseason for the first time in nearly six years. Over four extended games against Michigan, Illinois and Iowa in the Big Ten, Jackson-Davis has 25.3 points and 8.6 rebounds on 66.6 percent of shots from the field.

Jackson-Davis’ next step is to add a midrange or perimeter shot to his offensive arsenal. Woodson made it clear at Indiana Media Day that Jackson-Davis would be free to expand his game. Doing so will improve his NBA stock while giving the defenses something else to worry about when planning the game to stop him.

1. Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (7-foot-1, middle, junior)

After Dickinson returned from COVID-19 in early January, he averaged 20.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.3 minutes per game and helped turn Michigan’s season. He fired 59.1 percent inside the arc and 34.0 percent from a 3-point range and earned eight KenPom MVP awards in 20 matches.

Some of Dickinson’s dominance was lost in the fact that Michigan started the season slowly and failed to live up to high pre-season expectations, but few players were as regularly productive as Dickinson during the final three months of the season.

In the Big Ten games, Dickinson finished second in scoring and fifth in rebounding and every player above him on both lists has moved into this season.

His defensive limitations are well documented, but his ability to dominate offensively should allow Michigan to compete in the Big Ten despite a cast that is almost entirely new to this season.

Submitted to: 2022-23 Season Preview, Trace Jackson-Davis

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