CHICAGO – As one of the premier basketball conferences in the country, the Big Ten is expected to once again be heavily represented in the 2014 NBA Draft. Through a series of feature segments, sit-down interviews and in-depth analysis, BTN will prepare fans for draft night with a 60-minute NBA Draft Preview edition of Big Ten Basketball Report at 7 PM ET on Wednesday, June 25.
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Several former Big Ten stars are expected to hear their names called early in next week’s NBA draft. Among those players are Indiana’s Noah Vonleh and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, both of whom are expected to be lottery picks, according to Chad Ford’s latest ESPN Mock Draft 8.1.
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It’s that time of year when analysis, anticipation, and a few surprises rule the day. That’s right, it’s NBA Draft time, the 2014 version. The Big Ten figures to be well-represented in the June 26 draft, with as many as five players listed as first-rounders in most mock drafts.
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The Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 38th consecutive season, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Big Ten set a conference record with an average attendance of 13,534 per game, including regular season home games and all six sessions of the Big Ten tourney, for a total of 2,896,322 patrons, the 22nd straight year the conference eclipsed the two-million mark.
The NBA Draft is just over one week away, which means that former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Mitch McGary, among others, will soon find out where their NBA homes will be. It also means that NBA general managers are doing their homework and completing their final evaluations.
Former Indiana star and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo recently sat down with Jim Rome to discuss his first NBA season. Oladipo, the No. 2 in the 2013 NBA Draft, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year race despite learning a new position (point guard) at the game’s highest level. Watch the entire interview in this post.
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