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.
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.
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Nik Stauskas spent two seasons at Michigan, and what a two years they were. There was the run to the 2013 national final, there was the 2014 outright Big Ten title, and there was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. It’s no wonder Stauskas decided it was time to enter the NBA. Stauskas is expected to be a early pick in June 26 draft. Before we find out where Stauskas will play next year, we caught up with the Michigan product.
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.
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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.
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