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
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
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.
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
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
ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan posted a story Thursday offering his 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13, and the list features one Big Ten player: Michigan State’s Keith Appling. Here’s a sampling of Brennan’s thoughts on Appling: “With the team’s do-everything leader Draymond Green gone, and a batch of younger, less experienced players rounding out the rotation, Appling has a chance to evolve from a nice complementary piece into one of the Big Ten’s bonafide stars.” [ESPN.com: 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13] Appling is a good choice, no doubt, but I’m surprised to see only one player from the Big Ten,
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
Jeff Goodman, of CBSSports.com, posted his top non-conference contests for the 2012-13 campaign Tuesday, and the Big Ten is all over the 55-game list. In fact, the Big Ten is involved in three of the top 5 games, highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, at No. 2, and 10 of the top 25. In all, 14 Big Ten contests make the cut. See the entire list here and view all the Big Ten games in this post. [Follow Jeff Goodman on Twitter: @GoodmanCBS] Big Ten game on the list 2. North Carolina at Indiana – Nov. 27 4. Kansas vs.
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
(AP) Jarrod Uthoff is staying in the Big Ten – and he figures to see plenty more of Bo Ryan over the next few years. Uthoff told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Wednesday night that he’s transferring to Iowa even though Badgers coach Bo Ryan restricted the Hawkeyes from contacting him. [AP: Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to Iowa] Uthoff will have to pay his own way next year at Iowa and will also have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules. But that’s not an issue for Uthoff, who hails from nearby Cedar Rapids,