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Jordan Morgan tweets out letter from the president

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

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.

B1G accounts for 60 percent of NBA all-rookie first team

This is impressive: the Big Ten accounted for 60 percent of the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team, announced Thursday. Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (Indiana), the runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year, Utah’s Trey Burke (Michigan) and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) made the team, along with Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee (Duke) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse). 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team: @MCW1, @VicOladipo, @Trey_Burke3, @MasonPlumlee & @T_HardJR. pic.twitter.com/kxOuHSl7gE — NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2014 Charlotte’s Cody Zeller (Indiana) made the second team, as well, giving the Big Ten four of the 10 players on the rookie teams. Hardwork pays off

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

NBA team asked Nik Stauskas laughable money question

What’s the strangest, most ridiculous question you’ve been asked on a job interview? Former Michigan star and 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas was asked a laughable one while meeting with a future employer at the NBA draft combine. Let’s just say, the Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in Stauskas’ rudimentary math skills. See the question in this post. [ MORE: Get updates from the 2014 NBA Draft Combine ] Stauskas was asked by Minnesota how many pennies are in a million dollars. Did he get it right? "Of course. One hundred million." — Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn)

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