With the NBA Draft early entry deadline in the rearview mirror and several announced transfers since we last checked in, it’s time for an updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. (Note: Only scholarship players are listed.)
Illinois (23-13, 8th place, NCAA round of 32)
· Arriving: Kendrick Nunn (ESPNU Top 100), Malcolm Hill (ESPNU Top 100), Austin Colbert, Maverick Morgan, Jaylon Tate, Aaron Cosby (transfer from Seton Hall, eligible in 2014-2015), Jon Ekey (transfer from Illinois State, eligible immediately), Darius Paul (transfer from Western Michigan, eligible in 2014-2015), Rayvonte Rice (transfer from Drake)
· Departing: Brandon Paul (graduation), D.J. Richardson (graduation), Tyler Griffey (graduation), Mike Shaw (transfer), Ibby Djimde (transfer), Devin Langford (transfer)
Notes: It’s been a busy offseason in Champaign as the Illini had three players transfer and will add three new players via transfer and five freshmen. Rice, who transferred to Illinois last April, also becomes eligible.
Indiana (29-7, 1st place, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
· Arriving: Noah Vonleh (ESPNU Top 100), Troy Williams (ESPNU Top 100), Stanford Robinson (ESPNU Top 100), Luke Fischer (ESPNU Top 100), Devin Davis, Collin Hartman, Evan Gordon (transfer from Arizona State, eligible immediately)
· Departing: Christian Watford (graduation), Jordan Hulls (graduation), Derek Elston (graduation), Victor Oladipo (NBA), Cody Zeller (NBA), Remy Abell (transfer), Maurice Creek (transfer)
Notes: The Hoosiers graduate two starters in Hulls and Watford and lose two projected lottery picks to the NBA Draft in Oladipo and Zeller. But they add the league’s top recruiting class, headlined by five-star power forward Vonleh and Gordon, an experienced backcourt player and the brother of former program standout Eric Gordon.
Iowa (25-13, 6th place, NIT runner-up)
· Arriving: Peter Jok, Jarrod Uthoff (transfer from Wisconsin)
· Departing: Eric May (graduation), Patrick Ingram (transfer)
Notes: Iowa’s roster will remain mostly intact as every notable player from last season’s NIT runner-up squad will return to Iowa City.
Michigan State (27-9, 2nd place tie, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
· Arriving: Alvin Ellis, Gavin Schilling
· Departing: Derrick Nix (graduation)
Notes: The Spartans received good news late last month when Adreian Payne and Gary Harris spurned the NBA Draft for a chance to compete for a national championship. As a result, Michigan State is probably a preseason top three team nationally.