1. Tim Frazier, Sr., Penn State. Frazier is in a class all to himself. Every night he is the focus of the opposing team's game plan, and every night he puts up numbers. His assist rate was 2nd in nation. He drew more fouls per 40 minutes than everyone in the Big Ten besides Jared Sullinger and Cody Zeller. And he scored – a lot – on a team which has very few options besides giving Frazier the ball and waiting for something good to happen.
2. Aaron Craft, Jr., Ohio State. A superb defender who can knock down twos at a better rate than Jared Sullinger (55%), get to the line (the best free throw rate on the team), and generate a fair number of assists. What his game needs is a little better decision making and better shooting from beyond the arc (36%). This is really nitpicking though, as he's a high-end point guard.
3. Trey Burke, So., Michigan. Wolverine fans had to be thrilled when Burke returned to school. Burke had the 4th best assist rate in the conference and does a good job scoring on twos and from the line. He could get to the line more, and he needs to improve his outside shot (35%). But he has great vision, is difficult to guard, and takes care of the ball.
4. Dave Sobolewski, So., Northwestern. An under appreciated point guard who plays calmly and doesn't try to do too much. It's rare for a freshman to understand his role so well. Northwestern's offense didn't get a lot of attention last year because most people don't understand tempo, but they were the 20th most efficient offense in the nation. Sobolewski kept the offense in tune, and was able to knock down shots when needed.
5. Yogi Ferrell, Fr., Indiana. It's not easy for freshmen point guards to make an impact, much less be hyped as top-5 in the conference. But Ferrell is bumping a very solid point guard in Jordan Hulls to his more natural 2-guard spot (though he'll still be in play should this plan go south). Ferrell has all the tools to be a great one – he's quick, he has the moves to get into the lane, and he's has tremendous vision. The problem – common among freshmen – is that he has a tendency to get out of control. It remains to be seen if Coach Crean can rein him in.