Where Big Ten stars land in post-lottery NBA Mock Drafts

The NBA Draft combine is complete, the lottery results are set, and that means that NBA Mock Drafts will be appearing even more frequently throughout your Twitter timelines. There is plenty of Big Ten love throughout some of these mock drafts, as names such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas and Adreian Payne have all appeared in the lottery of several well-respected mock drafts.

We took a look at where these Big Ten stars appear in six different NBA Mock Drafts, from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and the Sporting News.

Here are the results:

ESPN
5. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Utah Jazz
10. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
13. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Minnesota Timberwolves
30. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, San Antonio Spurs

See the complete ESPN Mock Draft.

Chad Ford on Vonleh: “They (the Jazz) do not really need another power forward, but at this point, that is the value left on the board. Vonleh’s ability to stretch the floor should be intriguing to the Jazz.”

Sports Illustrated
9. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets
11. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
13. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Phoenix Suns
21. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City Thunder

See the complete Sports Illustrated Mock Draft.

Chris Mannix on Harris: “The shooting guard raised a few eyebrows by measuring 6-foot-2½ without shoes at the combine (he measured 6-4½ with shoes). And his three-point shooting dipped to 35.2 percent from 41.1 percent as a freshman. Still, Harris ranks as one of the best defenders in the draft, and he has the potential to build a solid all-around game.”

Yahoo! Sports
6. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Boston Celtics
14. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Phoenix Suns
15. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Atlanta Hawks
16. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Chicago Bulls
30. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, San Antonio Spurs

See the complete Yahoo Sports Mock Draft.

Marc Spears on Stauskas: “He’s a proven lights-out shooter who can play well on pick-and-rolls. Elite ball-handler. Worst-case scenario he’s a great shooter.”

Fox Sports
8. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Sacramento Kings
10. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
14. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Phoenix Suns
17. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Boston Celtics
30. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, San Antonio Spurs

See the complete Fox Sports Mock Draft.

Sam Amico on Payne: “Can mix it up in the paint and bury shots from NBA 3-point range. Not overly consistent, but is among top two or three bigs available when he’s on.”

CBS Sports (Second Round included)
5. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Utah Jazz
10. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Denver Nuggets
12. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Orlando Magic
32. Ohio State SF LaQuinton Ross, Cleveland Cavilers
35. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, Utah Jazz
37. Michigan SF Glenn Robinson III, Toronto Raptors
46. Iowa SG Roy Devyn Marble, Washington Wizards
50. Michigan State PG Keith Appling, Phoenix Suns

See the complete CBS Sports Mock Draft.

Gary Parrish on Ross: “Some people question his motor. But nobody questions the natural talent of this junior wing who led the Buckeyes in scoring this past season.”

Sporting News
4. Indiana PF Noah Vonleh, Orlando Magic
9. Michigan State SG Gary Harris, Charlotte Hornets
12. Michigan SG Nik Stauskas, Orlando Magic
16. Michigan State PF Adreian Payne, Chicago Bulls
26. Michigan PF Mitch McGary, Miami Heat
28. Michigan SF Glenn Robinson Jr., Los Angeles Clippers

See the complete Sporting News Mock Draft.

Sean Deveney on McGary: “The Heat would benefit from developing a young big man, and McGary — if medical reports on his surgically repaired back look OK — would be the kind of value pick the Heat need to uncover.”

Sean Deveney on Robinson III: “Robinson helped himself at the combine as he confirmed the athleticism he showed from time to time with the Wolverines. The question is why he does not dominate more with his natural skills. Still, for a Clippers team looking for athleticism on the wing, Robinson is a good pickup.”

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Ryan on 5/22/2014 @ 8:46am EST Said:

Vonleh is terrible. He’ll be out of the league in 3-5 years

nofanof msu on 5/24/2014 @ 4:31am EST Said:

seriously payne and appling might get drafted???? You have to be kidding me right….Harris is a very good player, payne is pathetic shows up only when he wants and appling held a lot of big ten point guards to career highs in point totals and they will get drafted??? no wonder the nba is unwatchable.