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Hungry? Grab a Robbie Hummel cookie

How much do Purdue fans love Robbie Hummel? So much, evidently, they’ll put his mug on their desserts. @GoldandBlackcom tweeted a picture of a plate full of cookies at Hummel’s NBA draft party Thursday night, and half of the tasty treats featured Hummel in a Purdue uniform. See the cookies in this post. [BTN,com: Relive the 2012 NBA Draft] You often see stuff like this on cakes, but not so much cookies. Either way, it’s a nice touch to honor and celebrate one of the most popular Boilers in Purdue men’s basketball history. And to make the night even sweeter,

Big Ten NBA Draft picks since 2000

With the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday, I thought it would fun to consider all of the Big Ten draft classes since 2000. The new millennium got off to a strong start, with eight Big Ten products selected in the 2000 draft, including Jamal Crawford, Joel Przybilla, Morris Peterson and Michael Redd. See every Big Ten NBA draft pick from the past 12 drafts and get my thoughts on the best class and player in this post. BIG TEN & NBA DRAFT SINCE 2000 Total picks: 50 Total first-round picks: 28 Year with most first-round picks: 2000 & 2007 –

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NBA Draft: Where will ex-Big Ten players land?

Thursday night is the night several former Big Ten basketball players have dreamed about their entire lives. In a matter of hours, guys like Meyers Leonard, Jared Sullinger and Draymond Green, among others, will hear their name called at the 2012 NBA Draft. When will they get picked? And by which teams? Dive inside this post for all of the latest mock drafts from around the web. And don’t forget to watch BTN.com’s NBA draft interviews and features before the event starts. [Get all of BTN.com’s 2012 NBA Draft coverage] Before we get to the mock drafts, let’s consider the

Twitter: The latest on B1G NBA draft products

With the 2012 NBA Draft a couple days away, it’s time to get the latest news and analysis on Big Ten draft prospects. See tweets about all seven guys in this post. And don’t forget to catch the draft at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN. Also, looking for the latest mock drafts? We have those right here. Meyers Leonard Most overvalued player in the draft: Meyers Leonard. Most undervalued: Royce White. — Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 25, 2012 NBA scout today on Meyers Leonard: "Can't see a situation where he falls past 14. And actually I don't think he'll

Purdue's Robbie Hummel

2012 NBA Draft: A fun mock draft and mock links

What if the NBA drafted solely on NCAA production and didn’t stress potential or what a player could become? According to ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan, the Big Ten would dominate Thurday’s NBA draft lottery. After the obvious choice, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis at No. 1, Brennan has a Big Ten player making up the rest of his production-based mock top 5. See Brennan’s list in this post, plus get all your links to mock drafts. 1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky “There is a certain threshold where the production-versus-potential dynamic ceases to matter one bit, but it doesn’t come along very often.” Read more.

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Craving hoops? Get your fix today on BTN

Rejoice, basketball fans. BTN is dedicating Friday’s programming to men’s basketball. Starting at 10 a.m. E.T., we’re re-airing a trio of exciting 2011-12 games, including Indiana’s memorable upset of No. 1 Kentucky, all of which precede a marathon of our award-winning “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” which tips off at 3:30 p.m. And to top it all off, at 9 p.m., Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson bring you “Big Ten Basketball Report: NBA Draft Preview.” The 30-minute show includes interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will provide an inside look at the draft

WSJ: Which colleges produced most NBA minutes?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article that breaks down which colleges produced the most minutes in the NBA during this strike-shortened campaign. Duke, to no surprise, landed at No. 1, with 21,609 minutes. But what about Big Ten teams? Ohio State (7,903 minutes) came in 13th to lead 10 Big Ten teams. See the breakdown and the players who contributed the minutes in this post. Big Ten Teams Ohio State: 6 players; 7,903 minutes (Mike Conley Jr., Evan Turner, Byron Mullens, Michael Redd, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos) Michigan State: 4; 4,187 (Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson, Shannon Brown, Alan

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

BTN to air NBA Draft Preview Special at 9 p.m. ET Friday

CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process. [VIDEO: Watch all of our NBA Combine interviews] Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will host the

How We Spent Our Summer - Trick Shots!

Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd recently shared a trick shot via his Twitter account @djbyrd21 and TwitVid.com with a promise of more to come. Not to be topped, Byrd’s former teammate Ryne Smith used his Twitter account @RyneSmith_ to send out this nifty trick shot. And the shots have continued. See all of them in this post. If anyone out there has any other Big Ten trick shot videos, post them in the comments below or send them to BTN.com’s Brent Yarina via @BTNBrentYarina. First trick shot of the summer… #moretocome http://t.co/Q8pUAhIa — DJ Byrd (@djbyrd21) June 19, 2012 Ok

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Big Ten Interviews from the NBA Combine

BTN’s Jim Jackson caught up with six Big Ten names working out at the NBA’s pre-draft combine in Chicago. Jackson talked to Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor, Meyers Leonard, and Robbie Hummel. If you’re running games down at the gym, that’s a pretty good first six right there. Sullinger talks about getting into NBA shape this spring while Hummel tells Jackson about his numerous workouts  and how his knees are feeling so far. Watch all of the interviews down in this post. Also, The Sporting News has a quick look at the combine here, and the NBA