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Mar 17, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) dunks the ball during the first half against the Chattanooga Mocs in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana duo, MSU's Bridges pace Big Ten in 2017 NBA mock drafts

With the 2016 NBA Draft in the books, it’s time to take a ridiculously early look at the 2017 NBA Draft class. Plenty of sites released their first 2017 mock drafts following last Thursday night’s draft. Here’s a look at several of them. BleacherReport.com 11. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 15. Miles Bridges, Michigan State 25. Melo Trimble, Maryland 26. OG Anunoby, Indiana CBSSports.com 5. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 24. OG Anunoby, Indiana 25. Miles Bridges, Michigan State 29. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin *** NBADraftRoom.com 9. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 17. OG Anunoby, Indiana 19. Miles Bridges, Michigan State *** TheBigLead.com 4. Thomas Bryant, Indiana

Undrafted former Big Ten players sign NBA free-agent deals

Six ex-Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft last week. [ MORE: Relive every Big Ten 2016 NBA Draft pick ] Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, the national and Big Ten players of the year, was the first Big Ten name off the board, going No. 14 to the Chicago Bulls. Michigan’s Caris LeVert, the conference’s only other first-round selection, went No. 20 to Indiana but was traded to Brooklyn. Several former Big Ten standouts went undrafted, though, and they began signing free-agent contracts immediately after the draft. Here’s the updated list. Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Brooklyn Just got

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Illinois

At the intersection of academics and innovation lie Champaign and Urbana. When it comes to success in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, few colleges can claim to be on the same level as the University of Illinois. The list of Illini alumni in these areas is long and distinguished, and includes names like Fazlur Rahman Khan (structural engineer for groundbreaking skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center in Chicago) and Martin Eberhard (co-founder of Tesla Motors). In information technology and computer science in particular, Illinois excels. From famous figures like Larry Ellison and Marc Andreessen to lesser-known —

Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Caris Levert (Michigan) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty overall pick to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Six Big Ten players selected in Thursday's NBA Draft

The 2016 NBA Draft is officially in the books. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called on Thursday night. See where every Big Ten player was selected.

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The best Big Ten draft pick at every NBA Draft position

The Big Ten saw six players get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Two of the former standouts (Denzel Valentine – No. 14 to Chicago & Caris LeVert – No. 20 to Indiana; traded to Brooklyn) were selected in the first round. With the draft in the books, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Big Ten player taken in every spot of the first round, 1-30. Did I miss one? Tweet me your opinions (@BTNSean). 1. Magic Johnson, Michigan State NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers Year: 1979 College stats:

Big Ten links: Scroll through Thursday's best headlines

Count Jay Bilas among those who thinks Jarrod Uthoff can help an NBA team. He projects as a second-round pick … at best. I love the guy. He is so versatile. But, I wonder about strength and toughness. “He’s versatile and he’s got a 6-11 wing span and he can shoot it; he’s got mid-range ability,” Bilas said of Uthoff on a pre-draft teleconference. “He’s actually proved to be a really good shot-blocker on the perimeter. You wonder, though, is that going to translate on the defensive end once he gets into the NBA? “He can knock down shots, space

Valentine, Banham win 2016 Big Ten men's, women's athlete of the year

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

Take a look at each Big Ten hoops team's 2016-17 conference slate

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