The 2015 NBA Summer League opened this past weekend in Orlando (July 4-10), and several former Big Ten stars compiled strong efforts. [ MORE: Five Big Ten players selected in 2015 NBA Draft ] No one was as good as Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), the unanimous 2014-15 national player of the year and the No. 9 pick of the Charlotte Hornets, who averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block in two games. The former Badger made quite the first statement, putting up 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds en route to a double-double in his debut
Former Connecticut guard Terrence Samuel has signed with Penn State, Patrick Chambers announced Wednesday afternoon. Samuel played two seasons for the Huskies, including the 2014 national championship team, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, per NCAA transfer rules. Samuel saw action in 65 career games, averaging three points and 1.7 rebounds per game. “We are excited to add someone with Terrence’s background to our program,” Chambers said in a school release. “He played two seasons at a very high level and has seen action in a national championship game – that experience
With Bo Ryan about to ride off into the sunset, Tom Oates of Madison.com thinks that recruiting could be a tough sell for Wisconsin. That’s an impact of not knowing who will be Ryan’s successor. Badger coaches can’t tell recruits who will be their coach in 2016-17. The school needs to name assistant Greg Gard as Ryan’s heir. Why break from the Ryan family/mold? Hey, Tom Izzo was Jud Heathcote’s assistant. See where I am going with this? *** More Wisconsin from Oates … Here is a good look at what Bo Ryan has done at Wisconsin. And, Ryan has
One day after announcing the 2015-16 season would be his last, Bo Ryan playfully used a cane to get to his media availability session Tuesday. [ MORE: Photo: Sam Dekker mows parents’ yard after NBA draft ] @BadgerMBB tweeted video of the scene, which you can watch above. Ryan, 67, fresh off back-to-back Final Four appearances, including the 2015 national title game, just completed his 14th season at Wisconsin, where he’s amassed a 357-125 record and never finished below fourth place in the Big Ten. With junior stars Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig leading the way, Ryan should have a
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming
There is no denying the impact Bo Ryan has had at Wisconsin. Now, he’s poised to retire after the 2015-16 season, his 15th at the helm. Let's take a look at how other Big Ten schools have fared replacing a legend.
So, this is gonna be Bo Ryan’s last lap around the Big Ten. That’s too bad. But, it’s not a total shock, is it? I mean, the guy is 67 years old and has taken the Wisconsin program to heights it hasn’t achieved in decades. Ryan is 357-125, a .741 winning percentage, in 14 seasons at UW. That run includes four Big Ten regular-season titles and no finishes worse than fourth place in the league. The Badgers have advanced to the NCAA tournament in every season under Ryan and have made seven appearances in the Sweet 16 and the aforementioned
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced Monday afternoon that he will retire following the 2015-16 season. Check out the full Wisconsin release inside.
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Minnesota’s incredible 59-58 upset victory over Indiana in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament. This game will always be remembered for Blake Hoffarber’s buzzer-beating shot to sink Eric Gordon, D.J. White and the Hoosiers. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Travis Busch, from under Indiana’s basketball, threw a baseball pass to Hoffarber, who caught the pass, spun around, and heaved up a left-handed shot that went in as time expired. Damian Johnson
Good piece from Sam McKewon of Omaha.com, who says the Big Ten is hoping for a better non-conference showing early on in 2015 than it had in 2014. While the Big Ten finished strong last year, it struggled outside the league early in 2014. Remember Sept. 6, when in three high-profile, nationally televised games — Michigan State at Oregon, Michigan at Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at Ohio State — the league took it on the chin with three losses? This year, the Big Ten can score some big credibility points over Labor Day weekend, when there are myriad big