Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, December 3, 2014
We are less than a month into the college basketball season, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start talking about the 2015 NBA Draft.
ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his new NBA Draft Big Board 3.0. There are four Big Ten players on the list, with Ohio State freshman standout D'Angelo Russell leading the way at No. 10.
"Russell has been a dominant scorer and playmaker for the Buckeyes and is posting a whopping 34.22 PER in his first five games for OSU," Ford said. "He has coach Thad Matta to thank for some of that. Russell is posting a whopping 25.6 usage rate — he clearly has the green light from Matta. Russell's 24.3 assist rate is what really excites scouts. This draft is thin on point guards. If Russell can prove to be both a scorer and passer this season, he's a lock to go in the top 10."
Two other Big Ten players appear in the top 20 of Ford's list — Michigan's Caris LeVert, who comes in at No. 17, and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, who is listed as the No. 18 player on the list.
Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker rounds out the Big Ten stars on the list, coming in at No. 21.
Michigan guard Zak Irvin was listed in the "next five in" category.
Other names to consider: James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Branden Dawson (Michigan State), Terran Petteway (Nebraska), A.J. Hammons (Purdue).