An updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

  • 05/24/2013 9:13 am in

050913cxbsWith 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.

052413jcnxMichigan (31-8, 4th place tie, NCAA runner-up)

· Arriving: Derrick Walton (ESPNU Top 100), Zak Irvin (ESPNU Top 100), Mark Donnal (ESPNU Top 100)

· Departing: Matt Vogrich (graduation), Blake McLimans (transfer), Trey Burke (NBA), Tim Hardaway Jr. (NBA)

Notes: Like Michigan State, the Wolverines received good news when Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary decided to return to Ann Arbor for their sophomore seasons. However, John Beilein loses Burke and Hardaway Jr. to the NBA, two losses which are significant. The Wolverines will also welcome a recruiting class that features three ESPNU top 100 prospects.

Minnesota (21-13, 7th place, NCAA round of 32)

· Arriving: Malik Smith (transfer from Florida International, eligible immediately), Dru Mathieu, Daquein McNeil

· Departing: Trevor Mbakwe (graduation), Andre Ingram (graduation), Rodney Williams (graduation), Julian Welch (graduation), Joe Coleman (transfer)

Notes: New coach Richard Pitino has been active since taking over the program last month, adding a transfer in Malik Smith and a pair of guards in Dru Mathieu and Daquein McNeil. Joe Coleman also decided to leave the program. The losses of Mbakwe and Williams on the frontline are significant in Minneapolis.

Nebraska (15-18, 10th place)

· Arriving: Tai Webster, Nick Fuller, Nathan Hawkins, Leslee Smith

· Departing: Brandon Ubel (graduation), Dylan Talley (graduation), Andre Almeida (graduation)

Notes: The Huskers lose two of their top three scorers, but Webster, Fuller and Hawkins could all play heavy minutes next season. Big picture, this looks like another year of fighting to stay out of the cellar in Lincoln.

Northwestern (13-19, 11th place)

· Arriving: Nate Taphorn

· Departing: Alex Marcotullio (graduation), Jared Swopshire (graduation), Reggie Hearn (graduation)

Notes: New coach Chris Collins’ first major recruiting task was bringing point guard Jaren Sina, who signed under Bill Carmody and is still considering the Wildcats, back into the fold. That didn’t happen. With Jershon Cobb (suspended) and Drew Crawford (injury) both returning, Northwestern still figures to be very competitive next season.

052413bcxwOhio State (29-8, 2nd place tie, NCAA Elite Eight)

· Arriving: Kameron Williams (ESPNU Top 100), Marc Loving (ESPNU Top 100)

· Departing: Evan Ravenel (graduation), Deshaun Thomas (NBA)

Notes: The loss of Thomas was expected, but still a major blow, and Ravenel is a depth loss on the front line, but Thad Matta adds two ESPNU Top 100 recruits to a solid returning nucleus led by Aaron Craft.

Penn State (10-21, 12th place)

· Arriving: Geno Thorpe, Graham Woodward, Julian Moore, Payton Banks

· Departing: Nick Colella (graduation), Sasa Borovnjak (graduation), Patrick Ackerman (transfer), Akosa Maduegbunam (transfer), Jermaine Marshall (opted to pursue professional career)

Notes: Moore should give the Nittany Lions some much needed size up front and the return of Tim Frazier should make Penn State much more formidable next winter. But the loss of Marshall, who opted to pursue a career overseas rather than returning for his senior season, was a major setback.

Purdue (16-18, 9th place, CBI)

· Arriving: Kendall Stephens (ESPNU Top 100), Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman, Errick Peck (transfer from Cornell, eligible immediately)

· Departing: D.J. Byrd (graduation), Anthony Johnson (transfer), Sandi Marcius (transfer), Jacob Lawson (transfer)

Notes: The Boilermakers have three transfers, but none of the three are major losses. Meanwhile, Peck, Stephens and Scott will give Matt Painter a wider array of options in the backcourt to go with Terone and Ronnie Johnson.

Wisconsin (23-12, 4th place tie, NCAA Tournament)

· Arriving: Nigel Hayes (ESPNU Top 100), Bronson Koenig, Riley Dearring, Jordan Hill, Vitto Brown

· Departing: Jared Berggren (graduation), Mike Bruesewitz (graduation), Ryan Evans (graduation)

Notes: The Badgers lose a ton of front line experience, but add a capable frontline scorer in Hayes and a very good guard in Koenig. Josh Gasser will also be back in the fold following a knee injury.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    -Illinois – John Groce is getting some different guys in there, that’s for sure. His long-term success with the Illini will be determined by how well (or not well) he recruits the Chicago-area. Their outcome for next season is not good.
    -Iowa – They could be dangerous. I have no idea if Peter Jok can contribute. If Woodbury can progress and become a more consistent force, Iowa can crack the top 5 in the Big Ten this season. I have my doubts about that though.
    -Michigan State – I think they’re the Big Ten favorites this coming season and I think Gary Harris will be the Big Ten Player of the Year.
    -Michigan – Losing Burke will hurt them a whole lot. I really thought they would lose more than they did (I expected one of McGary or Robinson III to take advantage of a weak draft). However, they bring back a lot of talent, add a good point guard in Walton and a good player in Irvin. If the Mitch McGary that showed up in the NCAA Tournament is around all season, the Wolverines will be either 1 or 2 in the conference.
    -Minnesota – Ugly in the frontcourt. Very, very ugly. They are headed for a bad season and Pitino is a gamble to turn it around. He might be able to recruit there but when’s the last time they won big without cheating?
    -Nebraska – Another tough year for the Huskers. They don’t bring in enough to replace what they lose and they weren’t good to begin with. Hooray for effort though!
    -Northwestern – Let’s not forget how good Cobb and Crawford both were before they were suspended/hurt.
    -Ohio State – Who’s going to score now? Craft? Not consistently. Amir Williams? He’s never shown it. LaQuinton Ross? Looks like the best bet but he’s only shown flashes.
    -Penn State – I thought Penn State could be due for a really decent season. Then Marshall decided to pursue a pro career. Ouch.
    -Purdue – I wouldn’t say none of their transfers were big losses. Marcius was their best player for the last month of the season. They’ll miss him. Purdue will be better but if Hammons still only decides to give a crap once every few games, they will miss the tournament again.
    -Wisconsin – They’ll be top four/five again. I don’t know how but they will.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Oladipo is graduating but he would have still had eligibility. His eligibility was lost because he went to the NBA, not because he graduated. You are right though, it’s great that he got his degree before leaving.

  • SCHoosier

    Good summary C&C… agree that MSU is the prettiest girl for next year’s conference and Big-dance. UM and OSU will both be tough. It will be interesting to see how IU develops..given that “experience has to be earned not learned.” Suspect we’ll have some games we give away..but the talent by mid-season should start to show itself. First couple B-10 road games will be a shock.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I agree with you. We will probably have some frustrating “giveaway” games in the first couple of months of the season. I’m looking to see a lot of progress from November to March/April from the entire team that will set us up with a ton of momentum for the tournament and for the 2014-2015 season. We know there’s a lot of talent on this roster, how they respond to tough situations and how they learn from their experiences will be one of the things that determines whether or not we can compete for a title in 2014-2015.

  • Miamihoosier

    MSU 1st, Iowa, OSU, and Indiana tie for 2nd…Michigan/Wisc tie for 5th, and then everyone else….Michigan losing their starting backcourt is a much bigger blow than most think. Their’s is a guard driven offense, McGary doesn’t break down defenses. Appling, Craft, and Ferrell, will keep their teams at the top, while Iowa will be similiar to IU last year, in that the whole team comes back. I think we will be better than most people think, we only play Iowa and OSU once, and both games are at home, while our two weaker single plays Minny and Purdue are the road match ups….Very favorable……With 2 games against, Northwestern, Penn St, Nebraska, and Illinois, we have a great shot for 12+ wins.

  • Geoff_85

    You are more optimistic than I, for sure. There are a lot of question marks this season for Indiana, ranging from how freshmen will perform to how seemingly highly talented sophomores will perform. What HAS to happen for Indiana to be in the top 25 throughout the season is Yogi being a leader, facilitator, and scorer. I truly believe that he will have to have an overall balanced game and be able to do it all. Too often last season he drove too far under the basket only to turn the ball over, or nearly turn it over. He has to be a better facilitator than that this year. I have all faith in his and Sheehey’s leadership skills, but they have to be able to perform in crunch time. I have some reservations about that, but they’ve both done it in the past (Sheehey vs VCU; Yogi vs Butler). So I think it comes down to Yogi being the catalyst, Sheehey being consistent, and several of the x-factors (the freshmen along with Hollowell and Perea — I don’t even put Jurkin or Etherington in this category yet) performing well.

  • ScoopGeoff

    You forgot Stauskas… And since Alex didn’t mention him either I figured somebody should. He has the ability to lead them in scoring next year.

    I actually think Stanford Robinson is going to surprise people this year. He played almost every minute for the best HS team in the country. He is physically mature and has enough size and skill to be a true combo guard at this level… Plus he can defend. He’ll be a real fan favorite by the time he graduates.

    I actually think PU will beat out Wiscy and be in the top half of the conference. Very solid guard play + I think Hammonds will show consistent hunger this year.

    I’m not convinced Iowa has the mentality to go through an entire B1G season and end up in 3rd… I’m guessing they figure out a way to drop to 4th or 5th… They also have the toughest schedule in the league having to play MSU, UM, OSU, Wiscy all twice and the one shot they get at IU is at Assembly. The one caveat being if Woodbury makes huge strides they could end up being as high as #2….

  • MC Candypants

    Hopefully our Hoosiers can gel, and Jeremy and Hanner can step in and play with a bit more confidence. One thing for certain, win or lose this is going to be possibly the most entertaining squad we have seen in some time suit up in the Candy Stripes.
    I have a feeling Iowa will be a top 3 team in the B10 this year. They have a lot of nice pieces, and quite a bit of experience. Also had a nice little NIT run to get a taste of success.

  • Mooks

    Stauaskas is an obvious person who can contribute. I didn’t know Iowa had to play MSU, UM, OSU, Wisky twice, which gives me second thoughts. Purdue will have a ton of good guards, but they will struggle alot with the forwards. Especially AJ Hammons who plays like he doesn’t care.

  • Ole Man

    Good read; but it sounds like you’re auditioning for a position with ITH! LOL.

  • Ole Man

    Go ahead, beat me over the head, but I’ll be happy for a 5th place finish in the B1G next year. ’14 – ’15 should be a different year, however.

  • Ole Man

    Agree with you on Iowa.
    Not quite sure how you define entertaining. I thought last year’s team was about as much fun as you can have; short of going out in the Sweet Sixteen.