Former Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd joined us at the Big Ten Network studio for the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
As expected, three former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Here were the picks, in chronological order: D’Angelo Russell (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers); Frank Kaminsky (No. 9, Charlotte); Sam Dekker (No. 18, Houston). [ MORE: Watch Branden Dawson’s reaction | Aaron White selection ] Aaron White (No. 49, Washington) and Branden Dawson (No. 56, New Orleans/traded to Los Angeles Clippers) were selected in the second round.
Frank Kaminsky was taken with the No. 9 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night. [ MORE: Track every Big Ten pick in the 2015 NBA Draft ] After the Charlotte Hornets selected “Frank the Tank,” the unanimous national player of the year opened up his suit coat to show off a couple of tanks. Check it out in the photo above. This isn’t the first time the inside of a former Big Ten player’s suit coat garnered attention at the NBA draft; in fact, last season Adreian Payne honored his late friend Lacey Holsworth, 8, who died
Frank Kaminsky is a man of many talents. He's smart, he's athletic, and he's got a terrific personality. Some NBA team is going to love the complete package they get tonight in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The 2015 NBA Draft is just hours away. [ MORE: Get all of our 2015 NBA Draft coverage ] Have you caught up on the experts’ latest mock drafts? If not, do so here. At worst, three former Big Ten standouts will be selected tonight. All three are likely first-round selections, with D’Angelo Russell pegged to be a top 5 pick. Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky will be in the Green Room in Brooklyn, while the Big Ten’s other prospects will be watching the draft in their hometowns. Also: Don’t forget that former Purdue star Robbie Hummel
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
It’s been a few days, it seems, since Jim Harbaugh has done something that gets people talking on social media. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section ] He did something about that Thursday, taking to the Ann Arbor streets with several recruits. There’s proof of it in the four-second video above, courtesy of 2016 recruit Naseir Upshur. Harbaugh is only on camera for about a second, but he doesn’t disappoint. In fact, one Michigan writer has already changed his Twitter icon to commemorate the video.
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Yes, football ticket sales are down at Iowa. But A.D. Gary Barta stands by Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach. “My response to you is, Kirk Ferentz is a proven and terrific leader, and he’s won at Iowa,” Barta said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I’ve made it clear that I’m 100 percent behind him and I’m 100 percent behind his staff.“ *** Count Lloyd Carr among the growing legion of Jim Harbaugh fans. Mlive.com notes that schools like OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame continue to establish strong recruiting roots in the Midwest, but Carr
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Iowa football’s 2007 double-overtime victory over Michigan State. This game went down as one of the most entertaining contests of the Big Ten season. Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Iowa came storming back behind a dominant running game and defeated Michigan State, 34-31, in a double-overtime thriller. Albert Young led the Hawkeyes’ rushing attack with 179 yards and two touchdowns, while backup RB Jevon Pugh punched in a one-yard TD