With the college basketball season now in the books, fans' focus shifts to recruiting and the new faces that will be on campus next year.
Indiana received some great news today when freshman standout Thomas Bryant announced he will return for his sophomore season and not declare for the NBA Draft.
Five Big Ten underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft this spring, and all five were featured prominently on episodes of BTN’s “The Journey 2013.” Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas all have their eyes on the June 27 draft happens at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.. So look into your crystal ball and tell us which one you think will have the most successful pro career. We’ve asked that question on Twitter, and we’re tabulating results on BTN Connect. Go to the BTN Connect main page and scroll
Indiana fans are going to miss Cody Zeller, the man they affectionately referred to as “The Big Handsome.” Zeller’s decision to forgo his final two seasons in Bloomington surely brought a tear to many an eye. Perhaps no one took the news harder than this very young Zeller fan. [ RELATED: See all the 2013 NBA Draft Big Ten early entrants ] It’s bad news indeed, kid. But, hey, Tom Crean still has talent around, in Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell and Will Sheeley, along with another strong recruiting class coming in. Keep your head up.
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. The Hoosiers also earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, which they exited prematurely. Still, he has helped make IU an elite program once again, priming the Hoosiers for a big future. [ RELATED: Just how much has Indiana lost? Here’s a look ] Zeller joins Ohio State’s Deshaun
As expected, Cody Zeller joined Victor Oladipo in entering the NBA draft. Coupled with the graduations of Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, the early departures mean Indiana will attempt to defend its Big Ten crown without its four leading scorers, and arguably best players. Just how much production has Indiana lost? Four 1,000-point scorers, for starters. I crunch all the numbers in this post. [ FACEBOOK POLL: Who will Indiana miss more: Oladipo or Zeller? ] POINTS 2012-13 team total: 2,831 Points from departures: 1,897 (Zeller, 594; Oladipo, 491; Watford, 443; Hulls, 348; Elston, 21) Percentage lost: 67 percent Leading
Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller announced Wednesday that he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Zeller, an expected lottery pick, will join older brothers Luke and Tyler in the NBA. Prior to Zeller’s announcement, a decade-old photo of the Zeller brothers was being shared on social media. The photo’s from the summer of 2003, and it features a 10-year-old Cody. He’s the shortest one, on the left, of course. h/t: @zkeefer About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes
Indiana won the Big Ten championship outright by about half a Newton, as Jordan Morgan’s tip-in attempt was a hair too strong, allowing Indiana to complete a road comeback and dulling the festivities of the rest of the weekend. After a sluggish first half that ended with Michigan leading 33-30 (33 possessions), the two teams combined for 80 points in the second half (32 possessions). However, despite the fact that these two teams played a back-and-forth battle, I think the result raises more concerns about Michigan than Indiana. Don’t get me wrong—this game was literally decided by the bounce of
It was a terrible shooting weekend for the title contenders. Collectively, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan were 14 for 76 from three this weekend. Two of those teams nonetheless found a way to win. Thanks to Trey Burke’s rip of Keith Appling in the final minute of play, Michigan was able to defend its home court against the Spartans. Although this was a hard fought game, neither team played particularly well on the offensive end. Michigan missed all 12 of its three-point attempts, while Michigan State managed to make just 41 percent of its two-pointers. Credit the defense if
There’s no denying it, Cody Zeller struggled in No. 1 Indiana’s loss Tuesday at Minnesota. The sophomore also got off to a rough start in Saturday’s win over Iowa, but he opened the game aggressive and was rewarded for his hustle on an incredible first-half sequence. It all started on defense, where Zeller dived from behind to knock the ball loose, and then got up to his feet and hammered down a powerful dunk. Watch the sequence here. [ RELATED: Want to embed a BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] Zeller won’t soon forget the play, either, because he suffered a