Men's Basketball

KenPom.com: Big Ten frosh projections

If you don’t know the names yet, familiarize yourself with Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Mitch McGary and Adam Woodburry before the college basketball season tips off. The way talent evaluators speak of these Big Ten incoming freshmen — among others in the deep and talented class — the future of the conference is in excellent hands.

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Iowa rewards Fran McCaffery with seven-year contract

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has signed a seven-year contract, Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Tuesday morning. McCaffery, who is 29-37 in two seasons at Iowa, will make a minimum average of $1.66 million annually over the length of the contract, beginning with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13.

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Big Ten men's hoop players and the Olympics

Team USA finalized its 2012 men’s basketball roster Sunday, and the Big Ten will be represented in Illinois’ Deron Williams. Williams, who helped the “Redeem Team” win gold during the 2008 games, will team with 11 other NBA superstars in search of another gold medal, starting July 29. Fifteen Big Ten players have suited up for USA and won a gold medal, not counting coaches, but Williams could become the first to win two. Check out the Big Ten’s history in the Olympics in this post.

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Shawn Respert, 5 others named to Michigan State HOF

Former basketball star Shawn Respert and five other Spartan products will be inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 20, it was announced Friday. Respert, the program’s all-time leading scorer, is joined in this year’s class by Carl Banks (football), Emily Bastel (women’s golf), Clinton Jones (football/track), Diane Spoelstra (women’s basketball/softball/volleyball) and George Szypula (men’s gymnastics coach).

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Big Ten players on NBA Summer League rosters

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Gus Johnson: Sullinger for two and the win

Longing for some basketball? The 2012 NBA Summer League tips off July 9-13 in Orlando, with eight teams represented, and continues July 13-22 in Las Vegas, with a record 24 teams in action. They’ll be no shortage of Big Ten products involved, including 2012 first-round picks Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger. See all the Big Ten products who will be in action in this post.

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Cody Zeller made right call staying at Indiana

Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) drives against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the second round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Wisconsin defeated Indiana 79-71. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Cody Zeller Dunk

A year ago at this time, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Baylor’s Perry Jones were projected high lottery picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. Injuries, however, saw the two stars drop to No. 21 and No. 28, respectively, in last week’s draft. Using that logic, LostLetttermen.com’s Anthony Olivieri brought up this interesting question in a recent column: could Cody Zeller, the No. 1 pick in several 2013 mock drafts, regret coming back for his sophomore season?

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Did You See This? Purdue trick shot video

Purdue's D.J. Byrd

Dru Anthrop pulls of a Balancing Act

Name the trick shot, Purdue basketball players D.J. Byrd and Dru Antrhop and former Boiler Ryne Smith made it a recently uploaded DJ Byrd YouTube video. Seriously, these guys got creative in the video that starts with them all hitting halfcourt shots in succession and also includes shots from the Paint Crew and from atop the railing courtside at Mackey Arena. See the video in this post.

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