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.
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. [ MORE: Check out all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] “Within the first week,” Stauskas
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
The Big Ten is known as being one of the best college basketball conferences in the nation. We have seen countless All-Americans sport Big Ten jerseys and go on to have outstanding NBA careers, from John Havlicek to Earvin “Magic Johnson to Isiah Thomas, to name a few. We know some of the all-time greats, but what kind of NBA talent has the Big Ten produced in recent years? I studied the past 10 years and looked back at all the Big Ten NBA draft picks since 2004. I took note of how many players were drafted each year, where
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. [
Lostlettermen.com has a fun photo gallery that spotlights where some of the best preps-to-pros stars likely would have played their college ball if they had to go to school for one year before entering the draft. Three of the players the site featured were pegged to attend Big Ten schools: LeBron James (Ohio State), Kevin Garnett (Michigan) and Josh Smith (Indiana). [ MORE: Read all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] LeBron and his all-around game in his home state? KG and his intensity in Ann Arbor? Smith and his athleticism in one of the game’s most storied venues?
What is the most memorable gift you received for your college graduation? Former Michigan basketball center Jordan Morgan won’t forget his anytime soon. Following his graduation from Michigan, Morgan got a neat piece of mail when President Barack Obama sent him a letter, congratulating him on graduating and wishing him the best in his future endeavors. Morgan tweeted the following photo on Sunday morning. A big thank you to @BarackObama for the congratulations that was sent to my house #Humbled #Inspired pic.twitter.com/WlB0aEIvE8 — Jordan Morgan (@JustJMo) May 25, 2014 Morgan graduated with a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering after receiving
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.