Ben Johnson’s first 12 months with the Gophers males’s basketball staff will not be met with excessive optimism from the Large Ten’s media.

Following a 14-15 end that value Richard Pitino his job final season, Johnson’s newcomer-laden Minnesota staff is picked to complete 14th within the convention for the 2021-22 season.

With Large Ten hoops media day scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis, the league’s unofficial media ballot was launched Wednesday. The ballot consists of 28 beat writers (two from every program), who cowl all 14 groups.

Johnson inherited little to no assist having to interchange 10 scholarship gamers. And the end result could possibly be one other rebuilding 12 months for the Gophers basketball program.

A 12 months in the past the Gophers had been picked to complete eleventh within the preseason media ballot. They had been the early shock of the Large Ten, upsetting 5 ranked opponents and incomes a spot within the prime 25. However Pitino’s squad ended the season with accidents and collapsed, shedding 11 of the final 14 video games. Minnesota completed 13th with a 6-13 league document.

The most important participant departure for the Gophers was All-Large Ten first staff guard Marcus Carr, who transferred to Texas. Michigan, Purdue, Illinois, and Ohio State all return all-league gamers to place themselves in early competition for the Large Ten title.

The defending champion Wolverines and head coach Juwan Howard had been picked as preseason favorites. Illinois 7-footer Kofi Cockburn was the near-unanimous alternative for preseason Large Ten participant of the 12 months.

Beneath are the unofficial Large Ten media ballot, preseason awards, and all-league outcomes (compiled by Adam JardyandBrendan Quinn).

Unofficial 2021 Large Ten media preseason ballot(first-place votes in parenthesis):

1. Michigan (13)

2. Purdue (12)

3. Illinois (3)

4. Ohio State

5. Maryland

6. Michigan State

7. Indiana

8. Rutgers

9. Iowa

10. Wisconsin

11. Nebraska

(t) 12. Northwestern

(t) 12. Penn State

14. Minnesota

Participant of the 12 months (votes)

  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (11)
  • Jaden Ivey, Purdue (5)
  • E.J. Liddell, Ohio State (4)
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (3)
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (3)
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue (2)

Freshman of the 12 months (votes)

  • Caleb Houstan, Michigan (20)
  • Max Christie, Michigan State (7)
  • Bryce McGowens, Nebraska (1)

First-team All-Large Ten (votes)

  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (27)
  • E.J. Liddell, Ohio State (26)
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (25)
  • Jaden Ivey, Purdue (21)
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (20)

Additionally receiving votes:Trevion Williams, Purdue (10); Eric Ayala, Maryland (4); Andre Curbelo, Illinois (2); DeVante Jones, Michigan (2); Geo Baker, Rutgers (1); Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (1); Caleb Houstan, Michigan (1).