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Victor Oladipo turned pro on Tuesday. It was Cody Zeller’s turn Wednesday. And, like Oladipo, Zeller made a wise choice. Zeller has accomplished a lot in two scant years in Bloomington, helping revive the Indiana program by leading it to its first outright Big Ten title in 20 seasons.
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When it came down to it, there was little keeping Victor Oladipo at Indiana. Think about it, the junior graduates next month, is fresh off a breakout season (Big Ten title, first-team AP All-America, unanimous first-team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year), and is a projected lottery pick.
Victor Oladipo is turning pro. Please tell me you aren’t surprised.
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Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas announced Friday that he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. What will the Big Ten’s other top pro prospects do? You know, underclassmen like Trey Burke, Cody Zeller and Adreian Payne, among others? I asked draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his thoughts. Follow Isaacson on Twitter (@nbadraftblog) and check out his blog.
Ohio State’s announcement today that Deshaun Thomas was turning pro after his junior season was about as surprising and anticlimactic as the conclusion to a Roadrunner-Coyote cartoon. We all knew what was coming. So, when the Buckeyes’ season ended with a surprising Elite Eight loss to Wichita State last Saturday, it seemed almost a certainty that we had just watched Thomas play his final game in scarlet and gray following a glorious three-season run.
Deshaun Thomas will forgo his senior season of eligibility at Ohio State to enter the NBA Draft. He finishes his career No. 9 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 1,630 points, and he led the Big Ten in scoring this seasonr with 19.8 points per game. His total of 733 points last season is third most in Ohio State history.
With the 2012 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, it’s time to rank the Big Ten’s top 2013 draft prospects. There’s a ton of talent across the conference, from freshmen to seniors. For the sake of this post, though, only sophomores through seniors are considered. Let’s call it the Harrison Barnes rule. If you remember, two years ago, Barnes was named to the AP Preseason All-America Team before playing a single college game. Things didn’t turn out as well as expected. So without further ado, here are my top 10 Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects.
Illinois’ Meyers Leonard (No. 11, Portland), Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (No. 21, Boston), Michigan State’s Draymond Green (No. 32, Golden State) and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (No. 58, Minnesota) were all selected in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Relive all the selections with FoxSports.com’s Draft Tracker. Dive inside and see all the Big Ten picks, plus get the latest relevant tweets and school releases.
How much do Purdue fans love Robbie Hummel? So much, evidently, they’ll put his mug on their desserts. @GoldandBlackcom tweeted a picture of a plate full of cookies at Hummel’s NBA draft party Thursday night, and half of the tasty treats featured Hummel in a Purdue uniform. See the cookies in this post.
With the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday, I thought it would fun to consider all of the Big Ten draft classes since 2000. The new millennium got off to a strong start, with eight Big Ten products selected in the 2000 draft, including Jamal Crawford, Joel Przybilla, Morris Peterson and Michael Redd. See every Big Ten NBA draft pick from the past 12 drafts and get my thoughts on the best class and player in this post.
Thursday night is the night several former Big Ten basketball players have dreamed about their entire lives. In a matter of hours, guys like Meyers Leonard, Jared Sullinger and Draymond Green, among others, will hear their name called at the 2012 NBA Draft. When will they get picked? And by which teams? Dive inside this post for all of the latest mock drafts from around the web. And don’t forget to watch BTN.com’s NBA draft interviews and features before the event starts.
With the 2012 NBA Draft a couple days away, it’s time to get the latest news and analysis on Big Ten draft prospects. See tweets about all seven guys in this post. And don’t forget to catch the draft at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN. Also, looking for the latest mock drafts? We have those right here.
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What if the NBA drafted solely on NCAA production and didn’t stress potential or what a player could become? According to ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan, the Big Ten would dominate Thurday’s NBA draft lottery. After the obvious choice, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis at No. 1, Brennan has a Big Ten player making up the rest of his production-based mock top 5. See Brennan’s list in this post, plus get all your links to mock drafts.
CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process.
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.
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.
In a recent interview, Robbie Hummel discussed he’s chasing his NBA dream. “I’m just trying to be a guy that can fill a role,” Hummel told the AP. “Make a jump shot, rebound, do whatever the team asks.” In the story, Hummel’s old college teammate and current Boston Celtic says he believes Hummel can make it in the league. Where could Hummel wind up? Tell us in the comments and read the full story inside.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke made the right move by announcing Monday that he will return to school for his sophomore year.
Trey Burke‘s father says the Michigan star has still not decided whether to leave school early for the NBA. Amid reports that Burke is expected to turn pro, his father Benji said in a text message to The Associated Press that there has been “no decision” yet. Read more here.
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Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post.
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.
Illinois center Meyers Leonard has opted to turn pro. And it isn’t a shock. “This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois,” Leonard said in a statement released by the school. “But I feel the timing is right for me to follow my dream of playing in the NBA and having the opportunity to provide for my mom and family.”