An updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten next season

  • 05/16/2018 8:32 am in

With the spring signing period nearing its conclusion and the NBA draft combine getting underway today in Chicago, it’s time for an updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2018-2019 season.

(Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series that will be updated multiple times in the coming months. In most instances, only scholarship players are included. If we missed anything, please email corrections to [email protected] or post in the comments.)


· Returning: Trent Frazier, Kipper Nichols, Matic Vesel, Greg Eboigbodin, Da’Monte Williams, Aaron Jordan
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Leron Black
· Arriving: Ayo Dosunmu (247Composite top 100), Tevian Jones, Samba Kane, Alan Griffin, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Andres Feliz
· Departing: Michael Finke (graduate transfer), Mark Alstork, Mark Smith (transfer), Te’Jon Lucas (transfer)

Notes: Nothing has changed with the Illini since our update one month ago. Year two for Brad Underwood figures to have its share of challenges as the Illini must replace several contributors, including Black.


· Returning: Devonte Green, Zach McRoberts, De’Ron Davis, Al Durham Jr., Race Thompson, Clifton Moore, Justin Smith
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Juwan Morgan
· Arriving: Romeo Langford, (247Composite top 100), Jerome Hunter (247Composite top 100), Robert Phinisee, Damezi Anderson, Jake Forrester, Evan Fitzner (graduate transfer from St. Mary’s)
· Departing: Robert Johnson, Josh Newkirk, Freddie McSwain, Tim Priller, Collin Hartman

Notes: Indiana added Romeo Langford, the top rated incoming Big Ten recruit, on April 30 as well as Fitzner, a graduate transfer from St. Mary’s. Now the Hoosiers will wait on a decision from Morgan, who has until May 30 to decide if he’s coming back to school or staying in the draft.


· Returning: Maishe Dailey, Jack Nunge, Jordan Bohannon, Ryan Kriener, Connor McCaffery, Cordell Pemsl, Nicholas Baer, Luka Garza
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss
· Arriving: Joe Wieskamp (247Composite top 100), C.J. Fredrick
· Departing: Brady Ellingson (graduate transfer), Ahmad Wagner (pursuing football), Dom Uhl

Notes: The Hawkeyes have two players who are in the NBA draft early entrant pool – Cook and Moss – who have until May 30 to decide if they will return to school.


· Returning: Ivan Bender, Anthony Cowan Jr., Darryl Morsell, Joshua Tomaic
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Justin Jackson
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter
· Arriving: Jalen Smith (247Composite top 100), Aaron Wiggins (247Composite top 100, Eric Ayala (247Composite top 100), Serrel Smith, Schnider Herard (transfer from Mississippi State becomes eligible second semester), Trace Ramsey
· Departing: Michal Cekovsky, Jared Nickens, Sean Obi, Dion Wiley (graduate transfer)

Notes: The Terps have two players at this week’s draft combine in Fernando and Huerter. Since our last update, the Terps added Ramsey, a 3-star forward, to their recruiting class.


· Returning: Zavier Simpson, Eli Brooks, Isaiah Livers, Jon Teske, Austin Davis, Jordan Poole
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Moritz Wagner
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Charles Matthews
· Arriving: Brandon Johns (247Composite top 100), Ignas Brazdeikis (247Composite top 100), David DeJulius, Colin Castleon, Adrien Nunez
· Departing: Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Ibi Watson (transfer), Duncan Robinson, Jaaron Simmons

Notes: Matthews is the major decision still outstanding for the Wolverines and he did not receive an invite to the NBA draft combine. Assuming he returns, Michigan should be a top 25 team once again.

Michigan State

· Returning: Joshua Langford, Matt McQuaid, Cassius Winston, Xavier Tillman, Kyle Ahrens, Kenny Goins
· NBA draft early entrants with agent: Jaren Jackson Jr., Miles Bridges
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Nick Ward
· Arriving: Marcus Bingham Jr. (247Composite top 100), Foster Loyer (247Composite top 100), Gabe Brown (247Composite top 100), Aaron Henry, Thomas Kithier
· Departing: Gavin Schilling, Ben Carter, Lourawls Nairn

Notes: The Ward decision looms large for Michigan State, who has until May 30 to announce his intentions for next season. Ward did not receive a combine invite.


· Returning: Amir Coffey, Eric Curry, Jordan Murphy, Dupree McBrayer, Matz Stockman, Isaiah Washington, Michael Hurt
· Arriving: Daniel Oturu (247Composite top 100), Jarvis Omersa, Gabe Kalscheur, Brock Stull (graduate transfer from Milwaukee), Marcus Carr (transfer from Pittsburgh, must sit out), Payton Willis (transfer from Vanderbilt, must sit out)
· Departing: Reggie Lynch, Nate Mason, Gaston Diedhiou, Bakary Konate, Davonte Fitzgerald (graduate transfer), Jamir Harris (transfer)

Notes: The Gophers added three transfers since our last update, but only one will be eligible next season (Stull). The Gophers will be an interesting team to forecast next season giving their significant roster changes.


· Returning: Glynn Watson, Isaiah Roby, Thomas Allen, Nana Akenten, Jordy Tshimanga, Thorir Thorbjarnarson
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Isaac Copeland, James Palmer Jr.
· Arriving: Karrington Davis, Brady Heiman, Amir Harris, Dachon Burke (transfer from Robert Morris, must sit out)
· Departing: Jack McVeigh (pursuing pro career overseas), Duby Okeke, Evan Taylor, Anton Gill

Notes: Copeland and Palmer Jr. entered the NBA draft, but are both expected to return. Since our last update, the Huskers added Harris, a 3-star guard and Burke, a transfer from Robert Morris who will sit out the 2018-19 season. Tim Miles recently had his contract extended through the 2020-21 season.


· Returning: Vic Law, Dererk Pardon, Anthony Gaines, A.J. Turner, Jordan Ash, Barret Benson, Aaron Falzon
· Arriving: Ryan Taylor (graduate transfer from Evansville), Pete Nance (247Composite top 100), Miller Kopp, Jordan Lathon, Ryan Young
· Departing: Bryant McIntosh, Scottie Lindsey, Gavin Skelly, Isiah Brown (transfer), Rapolas Ivanasukas (transfer)

Notes: The Wildcats will welcome a top 30 recruiting class, but have a lot of production to replace as McIntosh and Lindsey depart.

Ohio State

· Returning: Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson, CJ Jackson, Micah Potter, Musa Jallow, Kyle Young
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Keita Bates-Diop
· Arriving: Luther Muhammad (247Composite top 100), Jaedon LeDee (247Composite top 100), Duane Washington, Justin Ahrens, C.J. Walker (transfer from Florida State, must sit out), Keyshawn Woods (graduate transfer from Wake Forest)
· Departing: Andrew Dakich, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams

Notes: The Buckeyes scored a major coup when Woods, who averaged 11.9 points last season for the Demon Deacons, committed on April 24. He will be eligible next season.

Penn State

· Returning: Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins, John Harrar, Satchel Pierce, Josh Reaves, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick, Deivis Zemgulis
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Tony Carr
· Arriving: Myles Dread, Rasir Bolton, Daniil Kasatkin, Izaiah Brockington (transfer from St. Bonaventure, must sit out), Myreon Jones
· Departing: Shep Garner, Julian Moore, Nazeer Bostick (transfer)

Notes: Penn State added Jones, a former Memphis commit, earlier this month. Pat Chambers recently had his contract extended through the 2021-22 season following an NIT championship this past season for the Nittany Lions.


· Returning: Ryan Cline, Aaron Wheeler, Sasha Stefanovic, Matt Haarms, Grady Eifert
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Carsen Edwards, Nojel Eastern
· Arriving: Trevion Williams, Eric Hunter, Emmanuel Dowuona, Evan Boudreaux (graduate transfer from Dartmouth)
· Departing: Isaac Haas, Vincent Edwards, P.J. Thompson, Dakota Mathias

Notes: The Boilermakers lose four starters and still have the NBA decisions of Edwards and Eastern outstanding. The addition of Boudreaux should be helpful, but Purdue will be a much different team next winter.


· Returning: Geo Baker, Shaquille Doorson, Eugene Omoruyi, Myles Johnson, Mamadou Doucoure, Issa Thiam, Souf Mensah
· NBA draft early entrant with agent: Corey Sanders
· Arriving: Montez Mathis, Shaq Carter, Ronald Harper, Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young (transfer from Texas, must sit out)
· Departing: Candido Sa, Mike Williams, Deshawn Freeman, Matt Bullock (transfer)

Notes: The Scarlet Knights added a 3-star guard in McConnell since our last update and also added Young, who averaged 6.2 points last season at Texas. The 6-foot-1 Young must sit out next season.


· Returning: Brad Davison, D’Mitrik Trice, Khalil Iverson, Brevin Pritzl, Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers, Kobe King, Trevor Anderson, Charlie Thomas, Alex Illikainen
· NBA draft early entrant without agent: Ethan Happ
· Arriving: Taylor Currie, Tai Strickland, Joe Hedstrom
· Departing: Andy Van Vliet (transfer)

Notes: Assuming Happ returns after testing the NBA draft waters, the Badgers should be back in the thick of things in the Big Ten.

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

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  • for whom the balls roll

    Three layers? I was only looking for a second layer? Still digging. LOL.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Ha ha, Tom. Only my name is not a question: it means “for those for whom the balls roll”. It occurred to me that it will be hard for people to nickname me. What would they call me? Balls? ForeverIU has been on my mind lately, LOL.

  • Koko

    I’m thinking Race may come on at the start of the season like Justin did the last few games of last season. Race will be an important piece of the puzzle along with Fitzner.

  • coachv

    yeah. scary. i was called out for saying some things about tim langford during his son’s announcement ceremony. he obviously cashed in. to what extent? we may never know

  • coachv

    three layers deep. mmmm, lasagne

  • coachv

    you mean april

  • coachv


  • coachv

    that is “for where the ball rolls”. probably all the way to nick’s english hut

  • N71

    Its hard to say, their expenses (airline tickets, etc.) may have outpaced their intake resulting in them being upside down…who knows. He is entitled to a coaching income of some sort. I must confess though while watching Romeo’s announcement I sat waiting, then said out loud, “yes, Romeo is coming to IU”. I paused watching and then said, “what the hell is his dad doing?” thinking he was holding up an Adidas logo. Whether it was a sleeve mojo thing or his promoting Adidas, it was surely odd.

  • coachv

    those were my words as well. call me old school but i remember when aau were volunteers, albeit frequently unqualified hangers-on. safe to say the shoe companies have found a way around the rules but that doesn’t mean i have to like it. also, i don’t think tim langford had any qualifications to be the head coach other than being romeo’s pops

  • coachv

    smith probably took 6 threes all season. he doesn’t count. pretty sure old guy is right about 39%

  • for whom the balls roll

    LOL. You meant Snapper, right? But I honestly want to know. Why is it okay to make Italian jokes with mob type references? I mean, in the real world, didn’t this sort of thing go out of fashion quite some time ago? Why does Pitino’s Italian-ness stand out above everything else? I know schmucks like Vitale have exploited the stereotype, calling him and Calipari and others “paisans” etc. but there’s just something very degrading and annoying about the whole thing.

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    Thanks for the heads up and I have since corrected to Snapper. Also, my comment was in no way supposed to either be degrading to the Italian Community or be a mob reference. The aged red snapper part is in reference to the red headed woman who was a bit past her prime so to speak and the Italian Sausage part of the joke I will not elaborate on as we want to try and keep this some semblance of family friendly.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Actually I wasn’t trying to single you or anyone out. I actually found the joke funny, although I also think it’s sexist to talk about women being “past their prime” while the same standards are not applied to men. Two people had sex. Big deal. Only in America do we associate so much taboo and intrigue with sex and infidelity. I have no interest in Pitino’s sex life and his sausage, lol.

    It’s just interesting to me that Italian jokes are okay on public forums, but you can hardly make jokes about just about any other nationality or group. The commentary about Pitino on Twitter after the Bowen/Adidas scandal was just horrible and replete with just about every Italian mob reference imaginable.

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    I tend to agree with on a lot of what your saying. I never bothered to follow Pitino or anybody for that matter on twitter. That said I tend to disagree that men can’t be past their prime. I am a middle aged fellow myself and I am not ashamed to say I am more than a solid ten years past my prime. Also, the American Red Neck is by far the most accepted person to ridicule with out being considered politically incorrect. Having more than a wee bit of Country Boy flavor I do my best to take the remarks made about red necks and country folk in stride. Glad you liked the joke. Wish I could say it was original but alas, someone far more clever than myself came up with that. I look forward to more of your posts in what I am optimistic will be an enjoyable IU basketball season. Best of luck in your travels and once again…Go Hoosiers!

  • for whom the balls roll

    I actually don’t like “red neck” or “hick” jokes either. But even those you hardly see on ITH. Maybe because I’m Mediterranean myself (not Italian, but close), these Italian jokes just don’t sit well with me. I don’t follow Pitino on Twitter, but I check iubb regularly. Good chatting with you man. Go Hoosiers!

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    Right back at you. I will thoroughly enjoy my summer and fill it with disc golf and fishing. Then when winter does hit us hard up north this year there will be little sting to the cold with the excitement of our team. I can wait for basketball as I enjoy the previously stated hobbies, but am filled with a great deal of excitement for the future of the program. Archie is the real deal and I expect great things from him. He was born to coach and with his passion could not have chosen a better place to continue his coaching career than Bloomington, Indiana. He say “Basketball is life” and that sentiment is echoed no where else like Indiana. Especially Bloomington.

  • coachv

    for whom the ball tolls

  • coachv

    i love that movie

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    Couple things about the Italian Restaurant situation. First the booth that the infidelity occurred in was the most requested booth/table in the place until it closed down. Second there was a long running joke in the city of Louisville that the special there was Aged Red Snapper stuffed with Italian Sausage. My family lives down that way and they always got a kick out that. Go Hoosiers!

  • HoosierOne

    I also think DG will get the nod. It’s his spot to lose this year. No reason that he and RP can’t be on the floor at the same time too. I’m high on DG this year for some reason. He’s shown consisten improvement the last two years and with a second year under AM I think we’ll see him adapting his system better.

  • HoosierOne

    I agree….that was there year to win it in recent memory for me. Damn zone of Syracuse!

  • HoosierOne

    I big thanks to Rob. He represented IU well and always gave his best. I enjoyed watching him play and respect him as a person.

    I expect big things out of DG, JS, ZM, and DD this year. If Juwan comes back I don’t see any reason we couldn’t be a contender in the BIG10 and get past the first or second round of the tourney.