The 2014 NBA Draft is Thursday night, and all of the expected lottery picks are in New York city getting ready for the big night. Former Big Ten stars Gary Harris (Michigan State), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana) are among the list of headliners in NYC.
Lostlettermen.com recently put together an entertaining photo gallery, which took a look at where some of the best preps-to-pros stars would have played in college if they had to go to school for one year before entering the NBA Draft. Three of the players featured in the gallery were pegged to attend Big Ten schools: LeBron James (Ohio State), Kevin Garnett (Michigan) and Josh Smith (Indiana).
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.
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.
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.