#4 – Juwan Morgan, Indiana
5-star freshman Romeo Langford has been receiving much of the buzz surrounding this Indiana squad, and indeed, the uber-talented guard and McDonald’s All-American could very well find himself on this list come season’s end. However, Langford is not the player that new head coach Archie Miller will lean on most this year as he looks to bring the Hoosiers back to the Big Dance.
That responsibility belongs to Indiana’s senior leader, do-everything forward Juwan Morgan.
Morgan may not be spectacular in any facet of the game, but he is above-average across the board. Last season, he burst onto the stage and evolved from a role player into a star. Morgan was arguably the most well-rounded player in the Big Ten aside from the one who occupies the top spot on this list.
He averaged 16.5 points (ninth in the Big Ten), 7.4 rebounds (fifth) and 1.42 blocks (seventh) per game while shooting 57.9% from the field, which was good for fifth in the conference. Morgan was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media at the end of the season.
Morgan originally entered the NBA Draft, but ultimately withdrew his name. In doing so, he provided Miller the leadership presence he needed to guide this young, but talented, Indiana squad back to the NCAA Tournament. On Morgan’s shoulders (with some help from the scoring sensation Langford), the Hoosiers have a shot to challenge for that Big Ten Crown.