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Comparison game: B1G prospects to current pros

The NBA Combine is complete, the lottery results are in, and the much-anticipated NBA draft is 30 days away. With that said, experts are predicting there to be plenty of Big Ten names called on draft night. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne have all appeared in the lottery of several recently released NBA mock drafts. But, which current NBA players do experts compare these incoming rookies to? I asked Sporting News college hoops writer and BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy for his comparisons, and you can find his full list below. [

Photo: Adreian Payne, Nik Stauskas go watch shopping

Times have changed since the old days, but we still seem surprised when rival player fraternize. It happened when Taylor Lewan and Ryan Shazier dined together, when Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III worked out together, and now there’s another example – easily the most random of the bunch. On Thursday, Adreian Payne posted a picture to Instagram of him and former rival Nik Stauskas shopping for a new watch. The message of the photo read: “Out watch shopping with @nikstauskas11 we aways spending money💰💵💸” [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] As I said, random.

Where Big Ten stars land in post-lottery NBA Mock Drafts

The NBA Draft combine is complete, the lottery results are set, and that means that NBA Mock Drafts will be appearing even more frequently throughout your Twitter timelines. There is plenty of Big Ten love throughout some of these mock drafts, as names such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas and Adreian Payne have all appeared in the lottery of several well-respected mock drafts. We took a look at where these Big Ten stars appear in six different NBA Mock Drafts, from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and the Sporting News. Here are the results:

NBA Draft: Which B1G player is most NBA-ready?

The 2014 NBA Draft is quickly approaching as teams across the league are setting their draft boards in preparation for June 26th. The Big Ten is expected to be well-represented this year, as Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas, Adreian Payne, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have all appeared in the first round of various NBA mock drafts. That got me thinking: Which of these former Big Ten standouts is the most NBA-ready? I debated that question with ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, and here’s what we got. [ MORE: Which NBA teams have the most picks over the past 10

Which B1G teams have most NBA picks in last 10 drafts?

The Big Ten is known for having a rich history and tradition of outstanding basketball. In fact, the Big Ten has won a total of 10 national championships, with the first one dating back to 1940 (Indiana) and the latest in 2000 (Michigan State). During that time period, the Big Ten has sent numerous players to the NBA, many of who have gone on to have successful pro careers. That trend should continue this year as the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft is loaded with Big Ten talent. ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman projected five Big Ten players to go in

NCAA APR scores: Big Ten teams continue to shine

The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980

Dienhart: Big Ten excited to put tourney in D.C.

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers. One was built yesterday with the announcement of Dave Gavitt Tipoff Series between the Big Ten and Big East. Another bridge was officially constructed today, with the announcement that the 2017 Big Ten men’s basketball tourney—the 20th in history–is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 1998, the

Fran McCaffery sounds off on Gavitt Tipoff Games

BTN’s Dave Revsine caught up with Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery on Monday and asked him about his thoughts on the Big Ten and Big East officially announcing the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences. “I think this is really special,” McCaffery said. “When Commissioner Delany first brought it up to all of our coaches, we were unanimously in support of it. “It’s such a great idea to have that kind of TV exposure and that kind of interest in early November to start the

Big Ten men's hoops tourney heads East

Just one day after news broke about the formation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten is making another move to solidify its footprint out East. The 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the conference will announce Tuesday. This will mark the 20th edition of the tourney and the first time it will be played outside of Indianapolis or Chicago. [ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ] The announcement ties in with the Big Ten’s increased presence on the East Coast, beginning with the addition

Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games

NEW YORK — Jim Delany’s sense of excitement was apparent in his voice when he spoke during breakfast this morning of the coming Big Ten-Big East basketball event that was just hours away from being announced but had been months in planning. Slathering jelly on his wheat toast inside the tony New York Athletic Club on the southern edge of Central Park, Delany spoke about the need to establish a Big Ten presence in New York. And, there was no better partner to help begin that process than the Big East. [ MORE: Gavitt Tipoff Games 101 ] “I have