Big Ten links: NBA Combine reaction, Lou Malnati's grandson & more

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Big Ten links: NBA Combine reaction, Lou Malnati's grandson & more

Remember when Caleb Swanigan flipped from Michigan State to Purdue? He now has declared for the NBA draft but took time to reflect on his switcheroo.

“Being able to play with two seven-footers, that made me play the four and guard smaller people,” Swanigan said.

Swanigan said he wasn’t sure that he would be able to play exclusively power forward at Michigan State so wound up at Purdue, where he had a solid debut.

“It could have happened at Michigan State, but it could have not,” Swanigan said. “But with two seven-footers, there was no chance I could play the five.”

But will Swanigan even get picked if he stays in the draft? He may be a second-round pick … at best, if he stays in the draft.

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Michigan State did get Deyonta Davis, who like Swanigan declared for the draft after one season on campus. It’s a plan Davis said he had all long.

Despite modest numbers in his lone college season (7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds per game), he was in Chicago this week interviewing as a projected lottery pick, slotted by most analysts in the 10-15 range. Davis said he made the decision to go pro “towards the end of the season,” but said he wasn’t sure exactly when. After playing limited minutes in the first two months of the season, Davis became a starter midway through the year.

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Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette looks at the new NBA draft process for underclassmen. He thinks it’s helpful. And, it is. But it has to drive college coaches a bit crazy.

College players can compete in private workouts and at the NBA scouting combine and still return to campus, provided they don’t sign with an agent and do so by May 25. Until this year, players annually had until April 15 to declare for the draft or return to school. It was a rigid system that forced young athletes to make sometimes rash decisions after emotional season-ending games in the NCAA tournament.

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Northwestern’s hoops team already has one famous walk-on, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus son is on the roster. Now, the grandson of Lou Malnati will join the Wildcats. He’s a 6-3 point guard who probably has eaten a lot of pizza over the years.

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Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com takes a look at Penn State’s 2016 schedule.

I can’t wait for that game at Pitt on Sept. 10.

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Some good photos of the losing team from Ohio State’s spring game mulching Buckeye Grove. It pays to win, fellas.

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Flash back: Former Gopher QB Rickey Foggie is the coach at Eagan High. Pretty cool.

Foggie, who was introduced Friday morning, was the starting signal caller for the Gophers from 1984-87. He played professionally in both the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.

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Nebraska’s independent survey to examine the leadership and culture of the Husker athletic department under A.D. Shawn Eichorst is still being compiled. The results could be interesting. Can’t wait.

Melissa Lee, spokeswoman in NU President Hank Bounds’ office, said Thursday that the interviews have been completed, but no timetable for a release of the final report has been set.

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