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

  • 05/08/2015 10:33 am in

It’s been more than two weeks since our early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten and there’s been no shortage of news in that span around the Big Ten including a major de-commitment, NBA draft decisions and a few new commitments.

Here’s our updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.

Illinois (19-14, 7th place tie, NIT first round)

· Arriving: Aaron Jordan, Darius Paul, D.J. Williams (247Composite top 100), Jalen Coleman (247Composite top 100), Mike Thorne (Graduate transfer from Charlotte)

· Departing: Aaron Cosby (transfer), Ahmad Starks (graduation), Austin Colbert (transfer), Nnanna Egwu (graduation), Rayvonte Rice (graduation)

Notes: There haven’t been any changes in recent weeks for the Illini, who have the No. 18 recruiting class in the country according to

Indiana (20-14, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Arriving: Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby, Thomas Bryant (247Composite top 100)

· Departing: Jeremiah April (transfer), Max Hoetzel (transfer), Stanford Robinson (transfer)

Notes: Indiana received a major boost in late April as Yogi Ferrell announced that he will return for his senior season. That was followed by news that Jeremiah April will transfer, which puts the Hoosiers at 13 scholarship players for next season.

Iowa (22-12, 3rd place tie, NCAA tournament round of 32)

· Arriving: Ahmad Wagner, Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton, Christian Williams, Dale Jones, Isaiah Moss

· Departing: Aaron White (graduation), Gabriel Olaseni (graduation), Josh Oglesby (graduation), Trey Dickerson (transfer)

Notes: The Hawkeyes welcomed a sixth member to their 2015 recruiting class, JUCO forward Dale Jones, on April 20.

Maryland (28-7, 2nd place, NCAA tournament round of 32)

· Arriving: Diamond Stone (247Composite top 100), Jaylen Brantley, Robert Carter (Georgia Tech transfer)

· Departing: Dez Wells (graduation), Evan Smotrycz (graduation), Jon Graham (graduation), Richaud Pack (graduation)

Notes: The Terrapins didn’t land Drexel transfer Damion Lee, who picked Louisville, but are in the mix for Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon.

Michigan State (27-12, 3rd place tie, NCAA tournament Final Four)

· Arriving: Deyonta Davis (247Composite top 100), Eron Harris (West Virginia transfer), Kyle Ahrens, Matthew McQuaid (247Composite top 100)

· Departing: Branden Dawson (graduation), Travis Trice (graduation)

Notes: The Spartans lost a consensus top 20 recruit in Indiana Mr. Basketball Caleb Swanigan, who committed last month, but never signed a National Letter of Intent. Without Swanigan, the Spartans fell to No. 22 in the team recruiting rankings for 2015. Michigan State is still being mentioned with Missouri transfer Jonathan Williams III and Bradley transfer Josh Cunningham, although neither player will be eligible next season.

Michigan (16-16, 9th place)

· Arriving: Duncan Robinson (Williams College transfer), Moritz Wagner

· Departing: Max Bielfeldt (transfer)

Notes: Several chips fell in recent weeks for the Wolverines. First, Caris LeVert opted to return for his senior season. Max Bielfeldt was granted his release and will transfer for his final season with immediately eligibility. And a pair of recruiting targets – Jaylen Brown (California) and Kenny Williams (North Carolina) – both opted to go elsewhere.

Minnesota (18-15, 10th place tie)

· Arriving: Dupree McBrayer, Jarvis Johnson, Jonathan Nwankwo, Kevin Dorsey (247Composite top 100)

· Departing: Andre Hollins (graduation), Deandre Mathieu (graduation), Elliott Eliason (graduation), Maurice Walker (graduation)

Notes: Richard Pitino added a fifth player to his 2015 recruiting class in J.R. Gilbert, a three-star small forward from Pennsylvania. Gilbert originally signed with George Mason, but reopened his recruitment following the firing of Paul Hewitt.

Nebraska (13-18, 12th place)

· Arriving: Andrew White (Kansas transfer), Barkari Evelyn, Ed Morrow, Glynn Watson (247Composite top 100), Jack McVeigh, Michael Jacobson

· Departing: David Rivers (graduation), Tarin Smith (transfer), Leslee Smith (graduation), Moses Abraham (graduation), Terran Petteway (early entry), Walter Pitchford (early entry)

Notes: Nebraska picked up a commitment from Louisville transfer Anton Gill, who will sit out next season. lists the Huskers in the mix for several graduate transfers: Tyler Harris from Providence, Anton Grady from Cleveland State and Tomasz Gielo of Liberty.

Northwestern (15-17, 10th place tie)

· Arriving: Aaron Falzon, Dererk Pardon, Joey van Zegeren (Graduate transfer from Virginia Tech), Jordan Ash

· Departing: Dave Sobolewski (graduation), Jeremiah Kreisberg (graduation), Jershon Cobb (graduation), Johnnie Vassar (transfer)

Notes: No major changes for Northwestern in recent weeks as the Wildcats appear to have their roster set for next season.

Ohio State (24-11, 5th place, NCAA tournament round of 32)

· Arriving: A.J. Harris (247Composite top 100), Austin Grandstaff (247Composite top 100), Daniel Giddens (247Composite top 100), JaQuan Lyle (247Composite top 100), Mickey Mitchell, Trevor Thompson (transfer from Virginia Tech)

· Departing: Amir Williams (graduation), Anthony Lee (graduation), D’Angelo Russell (NBA), Sam Thompson (graduation), Shannon Scott (graduation), Trey McDonald (graduation)

Notes: It wasn’t a surprise to anyone, but D’Angelo Russell declared for the NBA draft since our last update and is expected to be a top five pick.

Penn State (18-16, 13th place)

· Arriving: Josh Reaves (247Composite top 100), Mike Watkins (247Composite top 100), Deividas Zemgulis

· Departing: D.J. Newbill (graduation), Ross Travis (graduation), John Johnson (graduation)

Notes: No major updates for the Nittany Lions, who announced a contract extension for Pat Chambers at the conclusion of last season despite another sub. 500 conference record.

Purdue (21-13, 3rd place tie, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Arriving: Grant Weatherford, Ryan Cline

· Departing: Bryson Scott (transfer), Jon Octeus (graduation)

Notes: It’s not official, but there’s plenty of speculation that Swanigan could be headed to West Lafayette, which would give Matt Painter a McDonald’s All-American to pair with A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. Even if that happens, the Boilermakers are still thin at the point guard position.

Rutgers (10-22, 14th place)

· Arriving: Corey Sanders (247Composite top 100), Deshawn Freeman, Jonathan Laurent, Justin Goode, Kejuan Johnson

· Departing: Junior Etou (transfer), Kadeem Jack (graduation), Kerwin Okoro (transfer), Malick Kone (graduation), Myles Mack (graduation)

Notes: The Scarlet Knights added Kansas State transfer Nigel Johnson, who will sit out next season and Hutchinson (Kan.) forward Deshawn Freeman, the No. 14 junior college player in the country according to 247Sports.

Wisconsin (36-4, Big Ten champion, NCAA tournament runner-up)

· Arriving: Alex Illikainen, Brevin Pritzl (247Composite top 100), Charlie Thomas, Khalil Iverson

· Departing: Duje Dujan (graduation), Frank Kaminsky (graduation), Josh Gasser (graduation), Sam Dekker (early entry), Traevon Jackson (graduation)

Notes: There’s been no movement in Madison as Bo Ryan doesn’t dabble in the graduate transfer market.

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  • At the Quarries

    The silent majority is with you Ole Man!

  • Eljay

    I don’t question your support of the program. Supporting the coach doesn’t imply a lack of support. Just wondering whether you are willing to label CTC with the same kind of hyperbole where his detractors are concerned as you are with those who support him. Apparently not…

  • calbert40

    I’m with you on the Terps. Everyone is loving them in the media, but it is going to be incredibly difficult to replace all of that leadership. Also, the B1G *appears* to be much deeper and more competitive next year. I think they’ll be good, but I’m not certain I’d make them favorites.

    Even without Swanigan, I think MSU looks really tough. And call me a homer, but I think IU is in that conversation too. Best PG in the conference, potential all-conference players at four positions, better depth and lose nothing of much value – epsecially compared to many other contenders.

  • MK

    The guy didn’t say crean was his hero. And maybe oleman uses sugar not Splenda you don’t know

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Do not let the Kool-Aid you drink distort your reality, looks like Purdue may be the team to catch in the Big 10. How does that taste?

  • PBzeer

    Looks like Purdue picked up a PG in graduate transfer Johnny Hill from UT-Arlington.

  • Jeremy

    I see Indiana pretty consistently rated around 15 in pre-season ranking. That to me seems low. Anyways, if we dont have a break out year I am thinking Crean s seat gets very very hot.

  • Robert Golden

    Reading from what I’ve heard about this fifth year senior point guard Johnny Hill from UTA that Purdue just landed, he’s like Octeus in a sense that he can drive it to the basket and scores in the lane, but let’s not compare him to that. Hill did struggle at times from the line and was a bit reckless, when he played Georgia State he had a total of… and no joke…11 turnovers. But outside of that he is considered a solid passer and is more of team oriented guy. The expectations for him is a dynamic point guard who can provide insurance for Thompson and Weatherford. I would probably put Purdue around fifth in the Big Ten because Hill is no Octeus and I wonder how good defensively they will be with one of their big centers and Swanigan out on the court at same time. But I would put them ahead of some good teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • SCHoosier

    Huh? Rob was our second best defender last year (IMO) behind Yogi. I’m sure there are times when TC will use a three big line-up….but that doesn’t mean Rob would automatically be the guy on the bench.

  • marcusgresham

    They just got their point guard. Not sure they want to hand the reigns over to a transfer from UT-Arlington (by way of Illinois St.) who averaged less than 10ppg, but that’s who they got. I guess IU should have a decent scouting report on him since he played at Illinois St. with Zeisloft.

  • hoosier93

    You’d put them at 5th but b ahead of Ohio State and Wisconsin… what 4 are v ahead of them? Maryland, Michigan State, Indiana and?

  • hoosier93

    Rob was our 2nd best defender… on one of the worst defensive teams in the nation…. so that means absolutely nothing. We sucked at defense last year so why do exactly what we did last year?

  • Robert Golden

    With Swanigan’s switch, expect to see Indiana move up above Michigan State and into the No. 2 spot in many of the early projections for the Big Ten next season. Maryland is still the favorite. Hawkeyes must replace Aaron White but Jarrod Uthoff brings many of the same things to the table. Dominique Uhl can step into some of those minutes and Fran McCaffery still has great depth with Peter Jok, Mike Gesell, Adam Woodbury, Anthony Clemmons and a five-man recruiting class heavy on wing players including former IU target Brandon Hutton. I would probably put them ahead of Purdue.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • hoosier93

    You’d put Iowa ahead of Purdue? That’s some mad disrespect. Purdue has as good of a chance at finishing Top 3 as IU and MSU do.

  • Robert Golden

    With Swanigan, they are going to be terribly slow. Hill is very good but not elite yet. I’m not underestimating his ability.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • dwdkc

    Deeper yes but not as good at the top most likely. That year I think 4 teams were real solid F4 contenders not even counting Wisconsin. This year maybe two plus the “Izzo” factor making it 3. Purdue has to get better PG play than we expect now to be a 4th. Still should be really good conference, and I like that when IU has a high ceiling because that can push them to make it higher.

  • marcusgresham

    You just have to press the hell out of Purdue to make it difficult for them to get down and into the half-court set with much time. For one, they’re handing the keys to a guy from Texas-Arlington. Plus, the less time they have to get set up the less time you have to spend guarding Hammons/Haas and/or Swanigan. At worst you make those big guys come back to be safety valves when no one else is open on the inbounds pass—may not be as big of a deal with Hammons, but Haas (unless he makes a vast improvement,) has nowhere near that kind of conditioning.

  • PBzeer

    Michigan picks up a 5 star SG and Sulaiman goes to Maryland.

  • Robert Golden

    5 star SG hates winning.