How top recruits have fared over the past decade

How top recruits have fared over the past decade

B1G FEATURE - The Big Ten's Best takes a look at the Big Ten's top NBA Draft picks.

With the college basketball season now in the books, fans’ focus shifts to recruiting and the new faces that will be on campus next year.

The Big Ten has had numerous standout recruits who went on to enjoy successful college and NBA careers.

I decided to look back at some of those top recruits and see how they fared during their Big Ten careers.

Here is a look at the top-ranked Big Ten basketball recruits over the past 10 years.

1. Greg Oden, Ohio State

Year: 2006
Scout.com ranking: No. 1 overall
Summary: Oden was considered a once-in-a-generation talent when he committed to Ohio State. He spent one season in Columbus, leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship game. He averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game that year. Oden was selected No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, but injuries cut his NBA career short.

2. B.J. Mullens, Ohio State

Year: 2008
Scout.com ranking: No. 3 overall
Summary: A top 3-ranked player in the nation, Mullens committed to Ohio State before he was even in high school. He played one season at OSU, putting up 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the 2008-09 season. He made the choice to leave school and enter the NBA Draft after one year, where he was picked in the first round, No. 24 overall, by the Dallas Mavericks.

3. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Year: 2010
Scout.com ranking: No. 4 overall
Summary: One of the top freshmen in Big Ten history, Sullinger was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school. He was outstanding in his two years at Ohio State, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per contest. Sullinger, a two-time All-American at OSU, entered the 2012 draft, but concerns about back issues hurt his stock. He was selected with the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, which is where he plays today.

4. Eric Gordon, Indiana

Year: 2007
Scout.com ranking: No. 4 overall
Summary: An Indiana kid, Gordon committed to the Hoosiers and had a standout freshman season. He averaged 20.9 points per game en route to being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference member. Gordon would go on to be selected No. 7 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

5. Diamond Stone, Maryland

Year: 2015
Scout.com ranking: No. 6 overall
Summary: The highest-ranked recruit in this past year’s Big Ten class, Stone enjoyed a solid freshman season at Maryland. The Terps’ big man put up 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past season. His 39 point effort against Penn State this year was a Maryland freshman school record.

6. Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Year: 2013
Scout.com ranking: No. 7 overall
Summary: One of the top prospects in the 2013 class, Vonleh spent one season at Indiana where he averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He declared for the draft after one season and was a top 10 pick in the 2014 draft.

7. Delvon Roe, Michigan State

Year: 2008
Scout.com ranking: No. 11 overall
Summary: The lone player on this list who never played in the NBA. Roe was a mega recruit for Tom Izzo at Michigan State, but injuries cut his career short as he was forced to retire from basketball before his senior season.

8. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

Year: 2014
Scout.com ranking: No. 13 overall
Summary: He played one season at Ohio State, and it was a great one. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest in the 2014-15 college basketball season. Russell was selected No. 2 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

9. Cody Zeller, Indiana

Year: 2011
Scout.com ranking: No. 13 overall
Summary: Zeller had two standout years at Indiana. He was a consensus All-American in his second season after averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Zeller declared for the 2013 NBA Draft and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 4 pick.

10. Daequan Cook, Ohio State

Year: 2006
Scout.com ranking: No. 13 overall
Summary: Cook was part of Thad Matta’s outstanding 2006 recruiting class that included Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. After averaging 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his freshman year, Cook declared for the 2007 NBA Draft. He was the No. 21 pick in the draft and spent six years in the NBA.

Others to consider: Caleb Swanigan (Purdue), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Branden Dawson (Michigan State), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), William Bufford (Ohio State), Kosta Koufos (Ohio State).

Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor

BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men's basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

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