J.J. Watt is a freak. There’s really no other way to describe the former Wisconsin standout defensive lineman. The guy is as athletic as they come – yes, even with a 6-5, 289-pound frame – and the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year proved it in a quick YouTube video that captures him nailing a 59.5-inch box jump.
Michael Kosta won four Big Ten Tennis Championships at Illinois. The Illini product went on to add professional tennis player, author and stand-up comedian to his resume. He’s not done yet. Kosta will join Regis Philbin and a cast of eclectic personalities on FOX Sports 1’s CROWD GOES W!LD, starting Monday, Aug. 19, the network announced Monday.
Wisconsin product and former NHL star defenseman Chris Chelios was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Chelios spent two seasons with the Badgers, including the program’s 1983 NCAA championship campaign, totaling 22 goals and 75 assists.
The rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game were announced Saturday night, and a pair of Big Ten products made the cut. Former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins, now with the Minnesota Twins, and ex-Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon, now with the Kansas City Royals, both first-time representatives, were named to the Midsummer Classic at 8 p.m. ET July 16 at Citi Field.
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Big Ten products Victor Oladipo (No. 2; Orlando), Cody Zeller (No. 4; Charlotte) and Trey Burke (No. 9; Minnesota – traded to Utah) all were selected in the first round of last month’s 2013 NBA Draft. “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” was in Brooklyn to cover the decorated trio’s night on the big stage. Cameras followed the players around before, during and after the draft.
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One day after the 2013 NBA Draft, three Big Ten first-round picks were formally introduced Friday. Orlando and Charlotte held introductory press conferences for Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, respectively, while New York had Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, taking batting practice.
While five Big Ten products were selected in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night, several of the conference’s eligible players did not hear their names called. As is the case every year after the draft, it’s time to monitor the NBA Summer League invites. Check out all the Big Ten products who have signed in this post.
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The Big Ten had five players selected in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (No. 2) and Cody Zeller (No. 4) and Michigan’s Trey Burke (No. 9) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (No. 24) all went in the first round. Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas (No. 58) went in the second round. See all the best shots from the draft in this post.
So, the 2013 NBA Draft is just a few hours away. What are basketball experts, respected voices saying about the Big Ten’s likely draft picks? Find out inside, as we’ve assembled the best tweets.
Victor Oladipo is proof that hard work pays off. The Indiana product spent most of last offseason in the gym and it turned the previous fringe pro prospect into a guaranteed lottery pick in next week’s draft. With his improved jump shot and always-present defense, Oladipo could go as high as No. 2, according to some of the mock drafts.
Michigan product Trey Burke is a sure-fire lottery pick in the NBA draft, which means he’s a wanted man. That goes for outside the basketball world, too. The reigning national player of the year is featured in the latest edition of GQ, and it’s not just a simple mention or a single page. No, he’s got a four-page spread. Read the full article and see the photos in this post.
Is it possible not to like Wisconsin product J.J. Watt? Not after watching the video above. Watt, an NFL superstar who does as much good off the field as on it, recently reminded us how likeable he is. After hearing the story of a local leukemia fan who named the robot that goes to school for him “Watt,” the former Badger defensive lineman paid the boy, Cristian Beasley, a surprise visit.
Sure is nice to be Mike Conley, isn’t it? The Ohio State product has the Memphis Grizzlies one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals – a run that many analysts feel puts the point guard on the verge of stardom. Sports Illustrated is a believer. Conley is featured on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, with the headline: “True Grit.”
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The Big Ten is home to one of sports’ top 10 most influential pro athletes. That’s the case, at least, according to the latest surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research that ranks the most influence among U.S. fans. For the curious parties, the study included each athlete’s N-Score, Nielsen’s measurement for a player’s endorsement potential.
Pick an era, and the Big Ten boasts a steep collection of standout running backs. The BCS era (since 1998) is no exception. There’s Ron Dayne, Chris Perry and Damien Anderson, to name a few. According to a recent AthlonSports.com countdown, the Big Ten is home to nine of college football’s top 50 running backs of the BCS era.
Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in last week’s NFL draft. Now, it’s time for the players to start picking out their jersey numbers. See a list of the Big Ten’s drafted players and their new uniform numbers in this post. This list will be updated as more numbers become official.
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Things are getting physical – as far the NBA goes these days – in the Golden State-Denver playoff series. Both head coaches are complaining, and during Tuesday night’s postgame press conference, George Karl said this: “Did Draymond Green play football or basketball at Michigan State?”
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Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft this past weekend. Since the draft ended Sunday, several undrafted Big Ten stars have gone on to sign free-agent contracts, as well. See all the signings here. Before we officially close the door on these players’ college careers, we wanted to relive several of their features from “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten Football.”
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The NFL draft starts on Thursday night, with the highly anticipated first round, and more than 20 Big Ten players figure to be selected by the time the draft comes to an end Sunday.
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Eric Decker’s come a long way since being an unheralded high school recruit. First, he rewrote the Minnesota receiving record book. Next, he became one of the NFL’s top receivers – his 12 touchdown receptions in 2012 were one off the league lead. This summer, Decker will add reality star to his name. The former Gopher and his fiance, Jessie James, are getting an E! reality show called Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie.
We know Kirk Cousins, the football player. We also know Kirk Cousins, the orator. We even know Kirk Cousins, the football analyst. But what about Kirk Cousins, the singer and performer? Yeah, he’s that, too, and we saw footage of it during Saturday’s Green-White Game.
It was a good day Tuesday for Jack Perry and the Northwestern men’s golf team. Perry broke PGA Tour players’ David Lipsky and Luke Donald’s school record for lowest 54-hole tournament total, carding a 16-under 200 (67-67-66), and Northwestern cruised to the NU Spring Invitational title at The Glen Club. Read full NUSports.com recap.
The 2013 WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Bristol, Conn., and a pair of Big Ten stars were selected in the first round. Ohio State’s Tayler Hill went No. 4 to Washington, while Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore went No. 12 to Minnesota. Read more about Hill and Moore and see all the Big Ten draftees in this post.
The 2013 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 27. Any underclassman who enters his name into the draft has until Tuesday, April 16 to withdraw and retain college eligibility. Several Big Ten players face the decision of staying in school or turning pro. See all the decisions in this post.