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Video: Relive highlights of Big Ten's 2015 NBA Draft hopefuls

The 2015 NBA Draft is just hours away. [ MORE: Get all of our 2015 NBA Draft coverage ] Have you caught up on the experts’ latest mock drafts? If not, do so here. At worst, three former Big Ten standouts will be selected tonight. All three are likely first-round selections, with D’Angelo Russell pegged to be a top 5 pick. Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky will be in the Green Room in Brooklyn, while the Big Ten’s other prospects will be watching the draft in their hometowns. Also: Don’t forget that former Purdue star Robbie Hummel

One last look at where experts have Big Ten players in NBA mock drafts

It’s NBA draft day! Before things get underway at 7 p.m. ET, it’s time to take one last look at the experts’ updated mock drafts. Actually, before we do that, don’t forget that former Purdue standout and current Minnesota F Robbie Hummel will take over @BigTenNetwork during the draft. Have a question for Hummel? Use #AskRobbie! The mocks, as has been the case for the last few months, have three ex-Big Ten stars going in the first round. D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) is a consensus top 5 pick, with a majority of the mocks predicting him to go No. 3

Rick Pitino heaps massive praise on former Ohio State G D'Angelo Russell

Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered a bold take on former Ohio State guard and NBA prospect D’Angelo Russell, a Louisville native, in a recent ESPN interview. [ VIDEO: Watch Rick Pitino talk D’Angelo Russell in ESPN interview ]  “In the last 30 some odd years, outside of Magic Johnson, he’s the best passer I’ve seen come along in a long time,” Pitino said. “He’s a great basketball player, has great instincts, really understands the game very well. I love his game.” Click the link above to watch Pitino’s full take on Russell. Russell, a first-team AP All-American and the 2015

Dee Brown named Illinois' special assistant to director of athletics

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Wednesday that former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown will join his staff for the summer as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. “Dee brings an enthusiasm for the Fighting Illini that is second to none,” Thomas said in a school release. “His experiences as a student-athlete on campus and in the community, his successful pro career, and now his returning to campus to give back to the Fighitng Illini speaks volumes about the positive time that he had here. Brown, the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Purdue basketball's 2008 win at Wisconsin

BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re showing Purdue’s 72-67 win at No. 8 Wisconsin from Feb. 9, 2008. This was a breakout game for heralded freshman Robbie Hummel, who poured in what was a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. More impressive, the victory marked Purdue’s first road win over a top 10 team since March 1, 1998, and it snapped the Badgers’ 16-game home winning streak vs. Big Ten foes, dating to the 2005-06 season. Here is a

Big Ten links: Branden Dawson's stock, Danny Etling's new home & more

The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take

Check out where Big Ten players land on latest NBA mock drafts

It’s long been expected that three Big Ten players will be selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, and that’s still the case two days before things become official Thursday night. Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky all are sure-fire first-rounders, according to several of the experts’ latest mock drafts. In fact, Russell seems to be the unanimous No. 3 pick, while the Wisconsin duo is less certain. Don’t miss the draft at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Also, former Purdue standout and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbi Hummel will take over

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Brandon Paul leads Illinois to 2012 win vs. Ohio State

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Illinois’ 79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State from Jan. 10, 2012. Brandon Paul erupted for a career-high 43 points in the win, and he’ll be live tweeting (@BP3) during the hour-long replay. Paul shot 11-of-15 from the field (73 percent), including an incredible 3-point shot with 43 seconds left to seal the victory. Here is a breakdown of this exciting 2012 Big Ten matchup: Top moment: With Aaron Craft all of him, Brandon Paul hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to give Illinois a 74-70 lead, ultimately securing

Big Ten links: Loaded Big Ten East, Lou Henson health update & more

How good could the Big Ten East be in 2015? Pretty good. Mark Podolski of the News-Herald in Ohio thinks the division may be the best in the nation. The SEC West was college football’s standard bearer. No more. The bottom line is the SEC is in a transition period. After the conference won seven straight BCS national championships — that last in 2012 — it’s been two years since it took home a national crown. Also, the SEC West was 2-4 in last year’s postseason. For those keeping score, the Big Ten East was 5-1 in the postseason. And

Video: Former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky stars in JC Penney ad

In just three nights, former Wisconsin standout Frank Kaminsky will hear his name called in Brooklyn at the 2015 NBA Draft. [ MORE: Here’s a look at how Big Ten has fared in last 10 NBA drafts ] The question is, what will the consensus national player of the year be wearing as he walks across the stage Thursday night? Based on the video above, it figures to be a JC Penney linen suit. We highly recommend watching the ad, which consists of 15 seconds of a suit-clad Kaminsky sitting in front of a garage door, dribbling a basketball, chewing