Michigan State men’s basketball player Denzel Valentine was named the 2016 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Minnesota women’s basketball standout Rachel Banham was tabbed the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Valentine is the third Michigan State player to win Male Athlete of the Year accolades, after ice hockey standout Ryan Miller claimed the honor in 2001 and men’s basketball’s Draymond Green won the award in 2012. Valentine capped off his senior season by winning six National Player of the Year honors, earning the awards from the Associated Press
Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James
BTN.com's Sean Merriman gives a look at what a one-round draft of former Big Ten players in the NBA today would look like.
There’s a day for everything, it seems, these days. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out or full Gone Viral section ] National Selfie Day? Yes, there’s that, and it’s Tuesday. Several Big Ten sports Twitter handles joined the #NationalSelfieDay fun. We did, as well, from @BigTenNetwork. Check out some of the examples below. #NationalSelfieDay pic.twitter.com/wNO01B1Fok — Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) June 21, 2016 Look who's home! #NationalSelfieDay @Dez32Wells pic.twitter.com/WRw7o6GIMC — Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) June 21, 2016 Celebrating #NationalSelfieDay with a few favs. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/4VDTiAGwg0 — Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 21, 2016 #NationalSelfieDay, you say…? pic.twitter.com/sjbIaF3aZc — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB)
LSU’s Ben Simmons looks like the clear No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, which takes place on Thursday night. [ MORE: Watch D’Angelo Russell show sense of humor in commercial ] But where could Big Ten players get selected? It looks like Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis will be the first Big Ten player picked, followed closely by teammate Denzel Valentine. After that? Check out some recent mock drafts. Bleacherreport.com No. 13 Suns Deyonta Davis, Michigan State No. 16 Celtics Denzel Valentine, Michigan State No. 23 Celtics Caris LeVert, Michigan *** CBSSports.com No. 9 Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
NBA rookies are young, of course, and there is no such thing as them receiving too much advice about being a pro. Former Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell knows this all too well.
It's Father's Day, and that means it's time to honor all of the dads in our lives. The editors of The Journey, our award-winning series, dug through their archives to compile a father-child montage.
Which NBA owner is kicking himself for not drafting Draymond Green in 2012? One outlet gives us a nice update on former Wisconsin standout Chris Borland. Another outlets ranks the "best night game environments" in football, too. Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
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MINNESOTA ATHLETICS — University of Minnesota forward Charles Buggs, who completed his degree requirements and graduated earlier this month, has chosen to continue his playing career elsewhere, head coach Richard Pitino announced. Buggs will have one year of eligibility remaining as he pursues a graduate degree. “It has been a pleasure to coach Charles over the past three years and see his continued development and growth as a basketball player and a person,” Pitino said. “Charles has always represented the University with class and I am especially proud of him graduating. He has a bright future in basketball and life