In the days leading up to the 100th episode of the BTN Originals series "The Journey," we asked members of the show's production team to look back on seasons past. These are the people who travel across the conference each week of the football and basketball seasons to tell the stories around and inside the games. What were their favorite stories? Who were their favorite people? What were the best games? Read what they told us and watch some of their favorite stories. The 100 episode airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m..
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
There is a rubber bracelet that rests on Adreian Payne’s wrist, small in size, but monumental in importance. The words “Love Like Lacey” printed across the front of the band, in honor of the late Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer just three months ago. The loss has been challenging for Payne, which is why he has made a vow to always keep a piece of Lacey with him at all times. The bracelet, which is purple in honor of Lacey’s favorite color, serves as a reminder of a young girl who Payne refers to as “his angel.”
A total of seven Big Ten prospects were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was the first player to come off the board at No. 8 overall, while Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble was the final Big Ten prospect selected at No. 56. After every draft, comes plenty of draft grades. Here is a look at how some of the top sites graded last night’s Big Ten NBA Draft picks. [ MORE: Big Ten’s undrafted NBA prospects | Who was best dressed at the NBA draft? ] No. 8: Michigan SG Nik Stauskas (Sacramento) Marc Spears, @SpearsNBAYahoo, Yahoo Sports: “Viewed
Former Michigan State standout Adreian Payne is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks. But, as Payne makes the transition from college to the NBA, there is one memory he vowed to hold on to during this process: Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten players selected in 2014 NBA Draft | Poll: Best dressed? ] Payne honored the late Holsworth by embedding her nickname, Adorable Lacey, into the suit coat he wore to Thursday night’s NBA draft. The pink lining had significance, too, as it matched the color of the bracelet Payne wears to remember Holsworth. Pointing to "Adorable
The NBA Draft is just over one week away, which means that former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Mitch McGary, among others, will soon find out where their NBA homes will be. It also means that NBA general managers are doing their homework and completing their final evaluations. Being an NBA GM is no easy job, but let’s flip the script and put yourself in those shoes. If you were an NBA general manager, which former Big Ten standout would you want on your team the most? I asked the BTN.com
Times have changed since the old days, but we still seem surprised when rival player fraternize. It happened when Taylor Lewan and Ryan Shazier dined together, when Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III worked out together, and now there’s another example – easily the most random of the bunch. On Thursday, Adreian Payne posted a picture to Instagram of him and former rival Nik Stauskas shopping for a new watch. The message of the photo read: “Out watch shopping with @nikstauskas11 we aways spending money💰💵💸” [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] As I said, random.
The 2014 NBA Draft is quickly approaching as teams across the league are setting their draft boards in preparation for June 26th. The Big Ten is expected to be well-represented this year, as Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas, Adreian Payne, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have all appeared in the first round of various NBA mock drafts. That got me thinking: Which of these former Big Ten standouts is the most NBA-ready? I debated that question with ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, and here’s what we got. [ MORE: Which NBA teams have the most picks over the past 10
CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish pegs four former Big Ten stars as lottery picks in his latest mock draft. Parrish predicts Noah Vonleh (Indiana) to go No. 5, Gary Harris (Michigan State) No. 10, Nik Stauskas (Michigan) No. 11 and Adreian Payne (Michigan State) No. 12. See what Parrish says about each player in this post. [ MORE: CBSSports.com: 2014 Mock Draft ] Noah Vonleh, No. 5 (Boston) Vonleh was the rare bright spot for an all-over-the-place Indiana team. He basically averaged a double-double in 26 minutes per game, and his upside is too good for him to go much lower than
The deadline to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft is less than a week away, and the Big Ten draft class is beginning to take its final shape. Baring any surprises, Michigan’s Mitch McGary is the only player in the conference who has yet to announce whether he will stay in school or bolt early for the NBA. Big names like Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris and Noah Vonleh highlight this year’s Big Ten Draft class, but how do they compare to other conference’s top draft hopefuls? Here is a breakdown of the top five NBA Draft prospects from the Big