With the spring signing period set to begin tomorrow and several key NBA Draft decisions out of the way, it’s time for our first look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season.
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)
· Departing: Brandon Paul (graduation), D.J. Richardson (graduation), Tyler Griffey (graduation), Mike Shaw (transfer), Ibby Djimde (transfer), Devin Langford (transfer)
Notes: The Illini graduate their leading scorer in Paul, but bring in a solid class headlined by a pair of guards from Illinois in Nunn and Hill. Three players who were recruited under Bruce Weber have also left the program via transfer.
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
· Departing: Christian Watford (graduation), Jordan Hulls (graduation), Derek Elston (graduation), Victor Oladipo (NBA), Cody Zeller (NBA), Remy Abell (transfer)
Notes: The Hoosiers graduate two starters in Hulls and Watford and lose two others to the NBA Draft in Oladipo and Zeller. They also bring in the league’s top recruiting class, headlined by five-star power forward Noah Vonleh.
Iowa (25-13, 6th place, NIT runner-up)
· Arriving: Peter Jok
· Departing: Eric May (graduation)
Notes: Fran McCaffery will have continuity on his side as the Hawkeyes only graduate one player and return a young team that looks poised to make the NCAA Tournament next March.
Michigan State (27-9, 2nd place tie, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
· Arriving: Gavin Schilling
· Departing: Derrick Nix (graduation)
Notes: The Spartans still have key NBA decisions on the table as Adreian Payne and Gary Harris are both possibilities to declare for June’s draft. If both return, Michigan State is probably a preseason top three team nationally.
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