A final look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

  • 08/29/2016 8:40 am in

With the start of the fall semester underway on several Big Ten campuses, it’s time for our final look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2016-2017 season. (Note: In most instances, only scholarship players are included.)

Illinois (15-19, 12th place tie)

· Returning: Malcolm Hill, Aaron Jordan, Tracy Abrams (granted medical hardship waiver), D.J. Williams, Jalen Coleman-Lands, Leron Black (suspended for six games), Jaylon Tate, Maverick Morgan, Michael Finke, Mike Thorne (granted medical hardship waiver), Alex Austin, Kipper Nichols (Tulane transfer becomes eligible)

· Arriving: Te’Jon Lucas

· Departing: Kendrick Nunn (dismissed), Khalid Lewis (graduation), Mike LaTulip (transfer)

Notes: John Groce has the piece in place to put a better team on the floor, but how much better? The loss of Nunn was significant, but hardship waivers for Abrams and Thorne will help with experience.

Indiana (27-8, Big Ten champion, NCAA Sweet Sixteen) 

· Returning: Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, OG Anunoby, Juwan Morgan, Collin Hartman, Josh Newkirk (Pittsburgh transfer becomes eligible), Tim Priller

· Arriving: De’Ron Davis (247Composite top 100), Curtis Jones (247Composite top 100), Devonte Green, Grant Gelon, Freddie McSwain

· Departing: Yogi Ferrell (graduation), Max Bielfeldt (graduation), Nick Zeisloft (graduation), Ryan Burton (graduation), Harrison Niego (transfer), Troy Williams (NBA early entry)

Notes: Indiana has its full roster on campus now after Davis and McSwain missed the summer finishing up academic requirements. This could be the deepest frontcourt rotation Tom Crean has ever in Bloomington.

Iowa (22-11, 3rd place tie, NCAA tournament round of 32)

· Returning: Peter Jok, Ahmad Wagner, Nicolas Baer, Dom Uhl, Brady Ellingson, Christian Williams, Isaiah Moss, Dale Jones

· Arriving: Tyler Cook (247Composite top 100), Cordell Pemsl, Ryan Kriener, Jordan Bohannon, Maishe Dailey

· Departing: Brandon Hutton (transfer), Andrew Fleming (transfer), Jarrod Uthoff (graduation), Mike Gesell (graduation), Anthony Clemmons (graduation), Adam Woodbury (graduation)

Notes: Iowa lost a ton of experience from a group that looked like it might win the league in early February. Jok will be one of the Big Ten’s best players, but who will step up to replace the four starters that graduated?

Maryland (27-9, 3rd place tie, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)

· Returning: Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens, Dion Wiley, Jaylen Brantley, Michael Cekovsky, Damonte Dodd, Ivan Bender

· Arriving: Micah Thomas, Anthony Cowan (247Composite top 100), Kevin Huerter (247Composite top 100), L.G. Gill (graduate transfer from Duquesne), Justin Jackson (247Composite top 100), Joshua Tomaic

· Departing: Jake Layman (graduation), Varun Rum (graduation), Rasheed Sulaimon (graduation), Diamond Stone (NBA early entry), Robert Carter (NBA early entry)

Notes: The Terps added two recruits late in Jackson and Tomaic and with a favorable league schedule, could be a sleeper to contend for the Big Ten title.

Michigan (23-13, 8th place, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Returning: Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Duncan Robinson, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Moritz Wagner, D.J. Wilson

· Arriving: Xavier Simpson (247Composite top 100), Jon Teske, Ibi Watson, Austin Davis

· Departing: Caris LeVert (graduation), Aubrey Dawkins (transfer), Ricky Doyle (transfer), Spike Albrecht (transfer), Kameron Chatman (transfer)

Notes: Michigan lost four players to transfer, including Albrecht to Purdue. The good news for John Beilein is that he returns one of the league’s better perimeter units with Walton, Irvin, Robinson and Abdur-Rahkman.

Michigan State (29-6, 2nd place, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Returning: Eron Harris, Matt McQuaid, Gavin Schilling, Alvin Ellis, Lourawls Nairn, Kenny Goins, Kyle Ahrens

· Arriving: Miles Bridges (247Composite top 100), Cassius Winston (247Composite top 100), Josh Langford (247Composite top 100), Nick Ward (247Composite top 100), Ben Carter (graduate transfer from UNLV)

· Departing: Denzel Valentine (graduation), Bryn Forbes (graduation), Matt Costello (graduation), Colby Wollenman (graduation), Javon Bess (transfer), Marvin Clark Jr. (transfer), Deyonta Davis (NBA early entry)

Notes: The Spartans welcome the Big Ten’s best recruiting class and also have some experience on the roster with guys like Harris, Schilling and Carter, a grad transfer from UNLV.

Minnesota (8-23, 13th place)

· Returning: Nate Mason, Jordan Murphy, Dupree McBryer, Ahmad Gilbert, Bakary Konate, Stephon Sharp, Gaston Diedhiou, Davonte Fitzgerald (Texas A&M transfer becomes eligible), Reggie Lynch (Illinois State transfer becomes eligible)

· Arriving: Amir Coffey (247Composite top 100), Eric Curry, Michael Hurt, Akeem Springs (graduate transfer from Milwaukee)

· Departing: Joey King (graduation), Kevin Dorsey (transfer), Carlos Morris (dismissed/graduation), Charles Buggs (transfer)

Notes: It appears that Lynch will play this season after some legal issues in the offseason and his addition, along with Coffey and Fitzgerald, should provide a much needed infusion of talent.

Nebraska (16-18, 11th place)

· Returning: Tai Webster, Glynn Watson, Jack McVeigh, Ed Morrow, Nick Fuller, Michael Jacobson, Anton Gill (Louisville transfer becomes eligible), Malcolm Laws

· Arriving: Isaiah Roby, Jeriah Horne, Jordy Tshimanga, James Palmer (Miami transfer, must sit out), Evan Taylor

· Departing: Shavon Shields (graduation), Jake Hammond (transfer), Johnny Trueblood (transfer), Benny Parker (graduation), Bakari Evelyn (transfer), Andrew White (transfer)

Notes: The Huskers lost White in June after it appeared he would return to Lincoln for his final season. He’ll play his senior season at Syracuse, which leaves Nebraska with a huge hole to fill on the perimeter.

Northwestern (20-12, 9th place)

· Returning: Bryant McIntosh, Nathan Taphorn, Scottie Lindsey, Vic Law, Dererk Pardon, Gavin Skelly, Jordan Ash, Sanjay Lumpkin, Aaron Falzon

· Arriving: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Barret Benson, Isiah Brown

· Departing: Alex Olah (graduation), Tre Demps (graduation), Joey Van Zegeren (graduation), Johnnie Vassar (transfer)

Notes: Northwestern loses Olah and Demps, but returns a solid nucleus that includes McIntosh and Law, who sat out last season with a shoulder injury.

Ohio State (21-14, 7th place, NIT second round)

· Returning: Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, David Bell, Trevor Thompson

· Arriving: Derek Funderburk (247Composite top 100), Micah Potter, Andre Wesson, C.J. Jackson

· Departing: A.J. Harris (transfer), Daniel Giddens (transfer), Mickey Mitchell (transfer), Austin Grandstaff (transfer)

Notes: Ohio State had a ton of turnover as four of its five freshman transferred. However, the Buckeyes do return most of their core and if they can develop some depth, this group should improve on last season’s finish.

Penn State (16-16, 10th place)

· Returning: Shep Garner, Josh Reaves, Payton Banks, Isaiah Washington, Julian Moore, Deividas Zemgulis, Mike Watkins, Terrence Samuel (Connecticut transfer becomes eligible)

· Arriving: Tony Carr (247Composite top 100), Lamar Stevens (247Composite top 100), Nazeer Bostick, Joe Hampton, Satchel Pierce (Virginia Tech transfer, must sit out)

· Departing: Brandon Taylor (graduation), Donovan Jack (graduation), Devin Foster (graduation), Jordan Dickerson (graduation)

Notes: This should be the most talented group Pat Chambers has put on the court in State College with a pair of top 100 recruits arriving in Carr and Stevens to pair with Garner, one of the league’s better guards.

Purdue (26-9, 3rd place tie, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Returning: Isaac Haas, Vincent Edwards, Caleb Swanigan, Dakota Mathias, Ryan Cline, P.J. Thompson, Jacquil Taylor, Basil Smotherman

· Arriving: Carsen Edwards, Spike Albrecht (graduate transfer from Michigan)

· Departing: A.J. Hammons (graduation), Rapheal Davis (graduation), Grant Weatherford (transfer), Kendall Stephens (transfer), Johnny Hill (graduation)

Notes: Purdue will have one of the nation’s best frontcourts, but can they get reliable point guard play out of Thompson, Edwards and Albrecht? If so, the Boilermakers will be dangerous.

Rutgers (7-25, 14th place)

· Returning: Corey Sanders, Mike Williams, Deshawn Freeman, Jonathan Laurent, Ibrahima Diallo, Shaquille Dorson, Nigel Johnson (Kansas State transfer becomes eligible)

· Arriving: Issa Thiam, Matt Bullock, Candido Sa, Eugene Omoruyi

· Departing: Bishop Daniels (graduation), Jalen Hyde (graduation), Omari Grier (graduation), Greg Lewis (graduation), D.J. Foreman (transfer), Justin Goode (transfer)

Notes: Steve Pikiell has a long road to make Rutgers competitive, but the program is in better hands now than the sinking ship that was the Eddie Jordan era.

Wisconsin (22-13, 3rd place tie, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)

· Returning: Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Ethan Happ, Zak Showalter, Vitto Brown, Brevin Pritzl, Charlie Thomas, Jordan Hill, Alex Illikainen, Khalil Iverson, Andy Van Vliet

· Arriving: Aleem Ford, D’Mitrik Trice

· Departing: Riley Dearring (transfer), Jordan Smith (graduation)

Notes: The Badgers return every notable player from a group that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season. With a full offseason under Greg Gard, Wisconsin may enter the season as the Big Ten favorite.

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  • HuntinHoosier86

    Ye of little faith. Mark my words, this is the year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    It’s hard to argue against those 9, but I’d be shocked if JBJ doesn’t start. I’d say the following starters: RJ, JBJ, CH, OG, TB (1-5)

  • Bill Graham

    Versatility is a great point. I hadn’t considered that. Its great that we can play a big or small lineup at any time and still have fresh guys…
    As for JM I guess the best way I can describe it is like this:
    For some reason he reminds me of a less skilled version of Jeremy Hollowell. JH never panned out (and I know he did well at GSU) but… I just dont see JM ahead of DD at this point at the four spot..and I suppose he could be our 2nd best SF (although I think CH has that)

  • Bill Graham

    I personally (and many disagree with this) but I believe that any coach at any age should NEVER have the same 5 starters every game. Starting should be a privilege that is earned by superior practice performance. Otherwise what incentive does your 7th or 8th man on the bench have to challenge the “starters,” If the lineup and mins are the same why bother…I think this is a common problem in high school not so much college…Lastly, i love the point about the situational lineup..should make us better defensively.

  • Bill Graham

    Thats a good point. Had to upvote you on it. It reminds me of when “the movement” first came on campus…everyone talked about how deep we would be…yet HMP was arguably the biggest disappointment in IU history. JH never blossomed until he left…and Patterson apparently didn’t understand that IU actually cares about academics too. Good point hopefully McFly and the top 50 freshmen are as good as advertised.

  • pdhoosier

    That was a Krusty comment

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m not sure who all “we” constitutes but not everyone is predicting or expecting a championship…actually, I don’t really have a grasp on where I think this team will likely end up. I’m curious though, what do you think are realistic expectations for this year’s team?

  • TomJameson

    Probably right Kyl, but anybody can win a big game at home. Just hope IU stays focused and doesn’t look past anybody.

  • TomJameson

    The failure of the movement class wasn’t in the talent as much as it was in the chemistry. Some didn’t even make it to play due to scholastics, some didn’t seem to WANT to play due to whatever issues they were having. Heck, we all know the stories here.

    Since then a vetting system has been in place (according to Glass) with Glass having a say in basketball and football recruiting. Not saying “bad chemistry” can’t creep in anyway, but the character issues should be tougher to manifest, with good oversight (All college programs should have good oversight, spread the stress around and becomes compliant).

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Although I’m saying “This is the year”, I agree with you that I don’t know where we’ll end up. I DO, however, think that it will be in a better place than we’ve been in any other season under CTC, i.e. past the sweet 16.

  • HuntinHoosier86


  • Ole Man

    Personally, I’m not overjoyed that Glass has “final approval” over recruits. I trust CTC in both his judgement and in his ability to work with young kids and raise their character.
    Glass should butt out. He’s just covering his own “A$$”.
    I’ll step down off the soap box now. I’ve said a little more than two cents–more like a nickel. 🙂

  • Ole Man

    Learned my lesson with the crash of ’29 about throwin’ caution to the wind. LOL!!!

  • Outoftheloop

    McFly might object to the “No reason to go any further” point. Personally I think that DeVonte will be good too. We will see.

  • Outoftheloop

    The ole guy must have been born in Missouri…”show me”!

  • Outoftheloop

    You obviously mean “disruptive” in the positive defensive sense!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    HAHAHA! Nice.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Ya gotta think, too, that while he might be telling the media that he has the “final approval”, 99% of the time, he probably just goes with what CTC wants to do. He seems like a good enough AD to have faith and trust in his people.

  • But of course! 🙂

  • surprised that he’s being considered for the 4 spot. Morgan would be Bryant’s back-up?

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, that surprised me too, unless CTC just wants to go big. Idk, though.

  • sweet basketball gloves

  • couldn’t have said it better

  • TomJameson

    That would be your inflationary “plugged nickel”. lol

    I don’t think it works quite like that. I would imagine that he works with the coaches, and doesn’t just give approvals or disapprovals on a whim. He also said his approval was needed for a “controversial” recruit, not for all of them.

    As far as covering his a$$, really Tony, isn’t that the way of the entire world?

  • SilentBob

    We shall have to see. But I don’t see the Hollowell comparison. Closer to a Nigel Hayes than Hollowell to me. Hollowell wasn’t even close to the level of defender Juwan was last year, and Juwan was playing banged up. Jeremy was quiet on the floor, and Morgan is the opposite. Has much more fight and strength in him than Jeremy. And plays with a level of confidence to knock down the shots Jeremy couldn’t.

    I actually think Juwan and De’Ron can be great complements to each other on the floor, and they’ll have to be their junior and sophomore years. Considering we will have to depend on De’Ron for at least 10-12 minutes a game at the five, and Collin is a whistle magnet some games, I think we see plenty of both.

  • I am Baby Cakes


  • pdhoosier

    I took that as maybe having a 4 as the 5 spot and playing “small ball”. Or maybe timmy is finally ready to play!?

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Well that could be it too. Heck, I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m ready for freakin’ November.

  • straight no chaser

    I don’t have expectations yet. On paper we have lots and lots of talent, but no record to show as a “team” yet. Yogi was a giant of a player, not only in his individual contribution but also in the way he shaped our entire team. I think we’ll understand much better what he meant to us this year.