With the college basketball season now in the books, fans' focus shifts to recruiting and the new faces that will be on campus next year.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart ranks the top five Big Ten freshmen in the last 20 seasons.
The 37th annual McDonald’s High School All-American game is set to take place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET at the United Center. The game will feature three future Big Ten players in James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland), all of who will play for the East Team. The McDonald’s All-American game is known as being the most prestigious high school all-star game around, bringing together the top prep players in the nation for one night of exciting hoops action. There is a long list of former Big Ten standouts who have participated in this
This is not the news former Ohio State basketball star Jared Sullinger wanted to hear — especially a little less than two weeks before the 2012 NBA Draft. On Monday, ESPN.com reported that Sullinger was medically flagged by NBA doctors who are concerned about his back. According to the report, Sullinger, who was expected to be a lottery pick, underwent a series of tests at the draft combine last week and NBA doctors are advising their teams not to draft him in the first round. [ESPN.com: Jared Sullinger’s back a concern] A similar thing happened in 2009, when Pitt star
BTN’s Jim Jackson caught up with six Big Ten names working out at the NBA’s pre-draft combine in Chicago. Jackson talked to Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor, Meyers Leonard, and Robbie Hummel. If you’re running games down at the gym, that’s a pretty good first six right there. Sullinger talks about getting into NBA shape this spring while Hummel tells Jackson about his numerous workouts and how his knees are feeling so far. Watch all of the interviews down in this post. Also, The Sporting News has a quick look at the combine here, and the NBA
Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor was a late addition to the NBA Combine, but he’ll join Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Ohio State’s William Buford and Jared Sullinger and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel at the event June 6-8 in Chicago (see the full list of players). The combine is a great way for players to make last-minute improvements to their draft stock, and that’s exactly what these guys will try to do. The 2012 NBA Draft is June 28. 2012 NBA Draft Links *NBADraft.net 2012 mock draft *CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman ranks the top 100 NBA draft prospects *AP: Draymond Green expects
No one was shocked when Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger announced Wednesday that he will turn pro after two seasons in Columbus. He’s ready. In fact, some felt Sullinger was ready after his freshman season, when he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for a team that won the Big Ten and entered the NCAA tourney as the No. 1 overall seed. Alas, the Buckeyes lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky. But the 6-9, 265-pound Columbus native returned for his sophomore campaign, saying he wanted to win a national title. Sullinger didn’t disappoint by averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds
Ohio State’s season came to an end in the national semifinal in a close loss to Kansas. The Buckeyes led for the vast majority of this game, and most will probably remember the game as a great comeback by Kansas, but the truth is that Kansas played a much better game than Ohio State. Consider that the Buckeyes were held to 32 percent shooting on two-pointers for the game. Further, OSU was held to rebounding just a quarter of the available offensive rebounds. This wasn’t entirely unexpected–that’s the sort of thing that happens when one faces both the best shotblocker
Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger were named John R. Wooden All-Americans and first-team AP All-America on Monday. Green averaged 16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg and 1 bpg, while Sullinger contributed 17.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg and 1 bpg. Both players led their teams to a share of the Big Ten crown, along with Michigan, and Sullinger has Ohio State in the Final Four. See all the teams in this post. Our Big Ten Geeks provide great analysis on Sullinger’s Buckeyes and Brent Yarina, with the help of video,
Ohio State was our preseason pick for the cream of the conference, and, despite a bumpy Big Ten slate that left them sharing the title, the Buckeyes are now the last B1G standing. The Sweet Sixteen was rather cruel to Big Ten teams not from Columbus; let’s start with the happy news and work our way through the rest. Ohio State first handled a resilient Cincinnati squad with a magnificent offensive display, shooting 47 percent on threes and taking excellent care of the basketball. The Buckeyes posted the second highest efficiency allowed by Cincinnati all season, and it propelled them