Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, July 23, 2015
How good would that guy be at basketball?
If you're an avid sports fan, chances are you've probably asked yourself that very question when watching a college football game, or vice versa.
Last year, around this time, I wrote a story about if Big Ten basketball players could form a football team. Now, let's flip the switch.
I went ahead and put together a starting five and a sixth man made up of current Big Ten football players. There are so many good choices, so if I missed one, tweet me @BTNSean.
Here we go!
PG: Drake Harris, Michigan
Harris actually committed to Michigan State to play basketball for Tom Izzo, before later flipping his decision and attending Michigan on a football scholarship. A 6-4 two-sport star, Harris was a four-star recruit in both football and basketball at Grand Rapids Christian High School.
SG: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
Schobert was a standout on the basketball court and in track, in addition to football. He was a two-time first team all-conference selection for basketball in high school, and he can throw down some nasty dunks. Don't believe us? Check out this video!
SF: Jordan Fuchs, Indiana
This choice was a no-brainier as Fuchs is a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball at Indiana. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Fuchs plays tight end for the Hoosiers' football team, but also appeared in three games for the Hoosiers in this year's Big Ten basketball season. He had basketball scholarship offers from Iowa State, SMU, Florida and others out of high school after averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his senior season.
PF: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
Washington was a star on the hardwood in high school, leading the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference in scoring and rebounding in his senior year. He was named the Division III basketball co-player of the year in 2011, and again in 2012 when he averaged 23.1 points and 14.3 rebounds per game. Washington was also named the Gatorade Ohio player of the year in basketball during his senior season.
C: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Could you imagine trying to box out a 6-5, 250 pound defensive end? Calhoun was a standout high school basketball player growing up in New Jersey, averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for Middletown North High School in 2010-11. He once scored 38 points in a tournament championship game during his senior season, including 17 in the fourth quarter alone. What a talented individual.
Sixth Man: Mike Gesicki, Penn State
Gesicki was also a multi-sport athlete growing up in the state of New Jersey. In addition to playing football, the 6-6, 255 pound Gesicki starred in basketball and volleyball. He earned 12 letters in high school, while closing his prep career as the all-time leading scorer in basketball at Southern Regional High School with 1,867 points.