More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and a new case emerges in this country at a rate of nearly once per minute. The upsurge in this illness has sparked a desire to fight back — especially among those who have lost loved ones affected by the disease and want to find a cure. One of those people is Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers, who watched his father struggle with Alzheimer’s during the final years of his life. He didn’t have to go far to find a valuable ally in the fight against this terrible affliction.
Another Big Ten star has announced he will return to school for the 2015-16 college basketball season. Just two days after Michigan’s Caris LeVert made his official announcement to return to school, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. announced he will do the same. Blackmon Jr., who was named All-Big Ten honorable mention as a freshman this past season, averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers. His return ensures IU will be one of the top-ranked teams in the Big Ten heading into next season. “I just felt the best situation for me was to come back and play my
Ohio State freshman star D’Angelo Russell is turning pro. No surprise, as Russell is widely projected as a lottery pick. Russell was a sensation in 2014-15, living up to his billing as the top incoming player in the Big Ten en route to earning Freshman All-American and consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors. The 6-5, 180-pound Louisville, Kebntucky, native led all freshmen in the nation in scoring (19.3), entering double-figures in 33 of 35 games. Russell also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Russell’s departure creates another hole in an Ohio State roster that already must replace guard Shannon Scott, forward
Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell, along with OSU head coach Thad Matta, will be available to the media at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Buckeyes’ practice gym to discuss Russell’s future plans for the 2015-16 season. [ MORE: Four Big Ten stars in SI.com’s first round NBA Mock Draft ] The 6-5, 180-pound point guard led all freshmen in the nation in scoring this season (19.3), while also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He was named a unanimous Freshman All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten member, leading the Buckeyes to a 24-11 mark. Earlier Wednesday evening, ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi
It was a special night Tuesday at the Kohl Center, as Wisconsin celebrated its national runner-up men's basketball team, which lost to Duke in the title game earlier this month.
The BIG EAST and Big Ten announced the matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men’s basketball games set to air on BTN, an ESPN network or Fox Sports 1 from Nov. 17-20, 2015.
Another Big Ten star has announced he will put off the NBA draft and return to school. Three days after Purdue’s A.J. Hammons made it official, Michigan’s Caris LeVert followed suit. LeVert, a 2014 preseason All-Big Ten honoree, played in just 18 games last season due to a season-ending left foot injury. “Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” LeVert said in a team release. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will
Purdue received a big boost on Saturday when A.J. Hammons announced he was returning for his senior season. Hammons is coming off a breakout junior season in which he averaged a team-high 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. He also paced the conference in blocks for a third season in a row to earn a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. “Earning my degree is one of the most important goals that I have for myself, and returning to Purdue next year will enable me to reach that,” Hammons said in a news
Purdue center A.J. Hammons says he will return for his senior season, after helping the Boilermakers return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for