The Big Ten has been bolstered by multiple offseason transfer additions all across the conference this year with two of the top Big Ten programs potentially looking at starting transfer guards in Purdue and Michigan.
After finishing third in the Big Ten last season and making an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Boilermakers were able to add fifth-year standout David Jenkins who will have a chance to fill in as the main ball-handler with the spot vacated by Jaden Ivey.
While Michigan’s season didn’t quite pan out as well in conference with an eighth-place finish, a 19-15 record was still good enough for an NCAA Tournament bid but as the Wolverines re-gear for 2022/23 they managed to recruit two-time All-Ivy selection Jaelin Llewellyn.
With some very early previews placing both Purdue and Michigan in the conference’s top 5 ahead of next year, which potential starting guard between David Jenkins (Purdue) and Jaelin Llewellyn (Michigan) will have the biggest impact within the Big Ten?
Jenkins arrives in West Lafayette following two seasons at South Dakota State, two seasons at UNLV (one as a redshirt), and one final season at Utah in the Pac-12, now joining Purdue with his final year of eligibility as a veteran leader on coach Matt Painter’s squad.
Throughout his collegiate career, Jenkins has shown consistency being selected All-Conference on two occasions once with the Jackrabbits and once with the Rebels having averaged 14.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 1.4 APG in four seasons. However, a move to the Pac-12 saw a slight decline in production for Jenkins managing just 8.5 PPG and 1.7 RPG against the tougher competition while starting just 10 games.
Llewellyn moves to Michigan with three seasons at Princeton under his belt averaging 14 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 2.5 APG for his career while starting every game for the Tigers over those three years. Additionally, the 6-foot-2 guard is fresh off the heels of a First-Team All-Ivy League selection but having missed his freshman season with a cancelation, Llewellyn won’t possess the level of experience that other senior transfers often do.
Between these two primary ball handlers who would you want for your squad and which do you see having the biggest impact within the Big Ten Conference?