BTN Communications, June 20, 2012

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.

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Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will host the show that will feature a one-on-one interview with Ohio State?s star center Jared Sullinger. Other student-athletes who will be interviewed include Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Michigan State forward Draymond Green, Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor, Ohio State shooting guard William Buford, and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel. The players will discuss the draft process in-depth and reveal which NBA teams they have visited.

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The program will also include expert analysis from NBA writers, as they give their assessment of each of the Big Ten entrants.

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