There were many familiar faces at this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Day, and quite possibly more than there would have been were it not for a new NCAA rule. In January the NCAA announced it would set a last-chance date of May 25 (10 days after the NBA Combine) for NBA hopefuls to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Most importantly, the NCAA eliminated the limit on the maximum amount of times a player could enter the draft, which previously stood at one. Prior to January, underclassmen had to choose definitively whether to stay in school or enter the draft and
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
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.
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:
BTN.com's Sean Merriman gives a look at what a one-round draft of former Big Ten players in the NBA today would look like.
LSU’s Ben Simmons looks like the clear No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, which takes place on Thursday night. [ MORE: Watch D’Angelo Russell show sense of humor in commercial ] But where could Big Ten players get selected? It looks like Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis will be the first Big Ten player picked, followed closely by teammate Denzel Valentine. After that? Check out some recent mock drafts. Bleacherreport.com No. 13 Suns Deyonta Davis, Michigan State No. 16 Celtics Denzel Valentine, Michigan State No. 23 Celtics Caris LeVert, Michigan *** CBSSports.com No. 9 Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Wednesday was the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their name from the 2016 NBA Draft. Head inside to see what Big Ten stars decided.
Big news at Wisconsin, as forward Nigel Hayes is returning to Madison for his senior season. What’s it mean? The Badgers are the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2016-17. Michigan State and Indiana will have something to say about that. But Hayes return to Madison stamps the Badgers as the team to beat in my book. Hayes will be the lynchpin of a Wisconsin lineup that returns every major contributor, including Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter in the backcourt and Vitto Brown and Ethan Happ up front, and welcomes in a pair of heralded recruits. Koenig will be
The 2016 NBA Lottery is Tuesday night, which got us thinking about recent Big Ten lottery picks. There’s been a dozen from the Big Ten in the last 10 drafts, none higher than Ohio State’s Greg Oden (No. 1; 2007); three Big Ten names have gone No. 2 (Evan Turner, 2010; Victor Oladipo, 2013; D’Angelo Russell, 2015). A couple more Big Ten lottery factoids: Indiana and Ohio State pace the conference with four lottery picks apiece since 2006. The 2013 draft was the most fruitful lottery for the Big Ten, with three picks. See all of the Big Ten lottery
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate which Big Ten player in this year's NBA Draft would you want to start a franchise with?