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. [ MORE: Which Big Ten player would you want your NBA team to draft? ] Ford and ESPN college hoops analyst Jay Bilas recently published a piece, breaking down the draft’s elite shooters, rebounders, passers and defenders. Bilas tabbed Stauskas as the top shooter in this year’s entire NBA draft class. “Stauskas has
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. In addition, the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament welcomed 111,427 fans over six sessions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, an average of 18,571 fans per session and the largest total attendance in Indianapolis.
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. Being an NBA GM is no easy job, but let’s flip the script and put yourself in those shoes. If you were an NBA general manager, which former Big Ten standout would you want on your team the most? I asked the BTN.com
Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.
The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.
High-scoring guard Eron Harris is transferring to Michigan State from West Virginia. His father, Eric Harris, said Monday that offers were turned down from Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue and UCLA in part because of coach Tom Izzo’s recruiting pitch. “We just informed all of the coaches that were involved,” he said. “Coach Izzo seemed to be really down to earth. When we made the trip to Michigan State, he made us feel at home. He had his coaching staff and wife involved in the whole process.” Harris was the Mountaineers’ second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game last season and averaged
The 2013-14 college basketball season is well in the books. The NBA Finals is underway, and the NBA draft is just around the corner. There is plenty of Big Ten stardom in this year’s draft, but how elite college players such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas pan out in the NBA is anyone’s guess. This got me thinking about the top former Big Ten players who have had success at the next level, and how those players stack up against one another. Here is my top 10 list of Big Ten players in the NBA today. Editor’s
While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)
With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names. Have a fun team name for a Big Ten athlete? We encourage you to submit it in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! B1G ALL-TIME GREATS Lucas, I am Your Father Havlicek Yourself Before You Wreck
Several Big Ten players will begin a new, exciting chapter in their lives after being selected in the upcoming NBA draft. Where former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas end up is anyone’s guess, but all three have been pegged for the lottery in mock drafts. Those three will likely join a long list of Big Ten players who have become early NBA Draft picks and gone on to have strong pro careers. But not every Big Ten player who has had success in the NBA was selected at the top of the draft.