Indiana received some great news today when freshman standout Thomas Bryant announced he will return for his sophomore season and not declare for the NBA Draft.
Thursday night’s NBA Draft was filled with plenty of Big Ten love, as seven former stars were selected. The draft is a time when players’ dreams come true, taking the next step in their professional careers. It is also a time for players to make a fashion statement. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten players taken in 2014 NBA Draft ] We gathered some of the top photos from Big Ten prospects at last night’s draft. Who has the best fashion? You tell us… Adreian Payne, Michigan State Adreian Payne showing off his #NBAStyle at the #NBADraft. pic.twitter.com/uF3i6lgNhC — NBA Draft
It’s almost time for the NBA draft, and I wanted to get creative and ask Big Ten fans where they want their favorite Big Ten players to land. The consensus is that Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are all first-round locks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III could also be first-round selections. But where will these former Big Ten stars call home? Here is a look at the responses we got, as well as where several NBA experts have thesm landing. This should be fun. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana Chad
Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.
The NBA Combine is complete, the lottery results are in, and the much-anticipated NBA draft is 30 days away. With that said, experts are predicting there to be plenty of Big Ten names called on draft night. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne have all appeared in the lottery of several recently released NBA mock drafts. But, which current NBA players do experts compare these incoming rookies to? I asked Sporting News college hoops writer and BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy for his comparisons, and you can find his full list below. [
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
Here’s a question that college basketball fans have probably asked themselves at one point or another: How good would that guy be if he played football? The which-basketball-players-would-be-great-at-football topic always makes for a great conversation point, but rather than pointlessly flirting with the idea, let’s go ahead and actually put it into action. With both the college football and basketball seasons now in the books, I went ahead and put together a 22-man football lineup made up of all Big Ten hoops players from the 2013-14 season. Did I miss someone? If so, tweet me @BTNSean. OFFENSE Quarterback: Josh Gasser,
Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris will turn pro, the school announced Monday afternoon. This surprises no one, as Harris is projected by most to be a lottery selection. In fact, some felt Harris could have gone pro after his freshman season, when he averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. [ MORE: Who’s on the move? See Big Ten NBA draft entrants, transfers ] The 6-4 Harris is a sweet shooter who excels in the open court. He can shoot, pass, work off the dribble and defend. Bottom line: Harris is the complete player and was the preseason pick
It’s already mid-April, which means that the NBA draft is quickly approaching. Several Big Ten players have yet to officially announce their future plans. That list includes the likes of Branden Dawson (Michigan State), A.J. Hammons (Purdue), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) and Nik Stauskas (Michigan). That’s a talented list of players, which brought me to the following query: Which of these undeclared Big Ten players is the most NBA-ready right now? I posed the question to eight top-notch writers who cover Big Ten hoops closely. Here is what I got. * Michigan State’s