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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  • TomJameson

    This is going to be an interesting season. Seems to be a lot of roster turnover this year. I’m thinking IU will be in the top-4 at the end of the season. Not outrageously optimistic, I think.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Assuming Juwan returns, IU’s looking to have the best team in the B1G, IMHO.

  • Arch Puddington

    Until we know more about what we have at PG in particular, and shooting more generally, I’ll be a bit more reserved about our prospects. I don’t think we *won’t* have those things, just need to see our new lineup in action against top competition before I’ll be able to assess where we are. I take it for granted that Juwan and Romeo will play at all-conference levels, but there are unanswered questions about every other player. Will DD be healthy? Will either RP or DG emerge as consistent, high-level lead guards? Will anyone on the team shoot better than 40% from 3? Will Justin Smith continue the progress we saw at the end of last year? If we get the hoped-for answers to those questions, we will indeed be among the best teams in the conference.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I stand by my prediction from a month ago. I believe that if we landed Romeo (check) and Juwan comes back (?), Indiana will be Big 10 champs.

  • norsboz

    IU can certainly contend in the B1G, but there are enough unanswered questions that it’s hard to be confident either way. The decisions of Ward, Happ, Matthews, Huerter and Edwards loom especially large in my mind. If they all come back there should be a lot of competition for the top third/fourth of the league.

    PG play looks like it’ll be the deciding factor for the Hoosiers.

  • Mark Bando

    My recent frame of reference for impactful incoming IU freshman is Zeller (15.6 ppg) and Gordan (20.9 ppg). Both had big impacts their freshman year (Gordan obviously only played freshman year). If Romeos effect on the team is as good as either of these guys i will be happy. If it is more, i will be very happy.

  • inLinE6

    PG and 5 are indeed concerns. We have some depth there so it’ll be better than last year, but how much better remains to be seen.

  • N71

    If we just have Romeo bring the ball up, create his own offense, and then have 4 dudes that can rebound we’d finish in the top half of the Big Ten.

  • inLinE6

    My expectation is I can still watch some IUBB in march. Anything beyond first weekend will be a plus.

  • Mark Bando

    Yes, for me the starting point for next season is to at least be in the tourney. Then we can go from there.

  • John D Murphy

    True. But we finished in the top half last year and I’m hoping for an improvement. Top 3?

  • TomJameson

    Understand all the questions Arch, but not all the answers can be “no”. 🙂
    I have faith that our point guard problems will be resolved. Virtually all the incoming class are shooters, and I don’t see Justin as backsliding.

    The biggest questions to me are De’Ron’s recovery, and Devonte’s development. I think that’s really it for me. The need to see them play is a question for all teams, but no worries there for me either.

    Time will definitely tell. Going to be a long summer, hope there are plenty of workout videos to help us through. 🙂

  • Arch Puddington

    I expect most of the questions to be answered “yes”, with the one I am least sure of being DD’s health and productivity. But until they are answered, they remain questions…

    But I’ll be this is going to be a really good year.

  • TomJameson

    I think those are good comparisons, and remember, Cody could have gone after year one, but stayed because he was enjoying the college experience too much.

  • RonMlarkey

    Summary: Everyone still relevant to this is still due to make a decision before 5/30.

  • Mark Bando

    Wouldnt that be amazing if that happened with Romeo.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    This my favorite post all year.

  • IU Marine

    Don’t forget that we left a lot of points at the free throw line last year. This must be fixed if we want to win close games!

    Go IU

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    hopefully DD is ready to go but if not plug Fitnzer in , spread the floor and make teams decide how to defend us.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    In answer to your valid questions:
    -Probably healthy enough to contribute by mid-nonconference would be my guess.
    -I think both will.
    -Probably at least 2 guys, but guessing 3.
    -YES. He’ll DEFINITELY make a sophomore leap!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    or big ten tournamet champs? or both

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Archie won’t be happy with anything less!

  • Outoftheloop

    Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four! Those are my “hopes”! It will be a fun year. Go Archie and staff! Go IU!

  • RonMlarkey

    This is absurd when has any team had 7 players shooting above 40%? Fitzner, Phinisee or ZM are the only ones I could see. And if Al shoots anything above 33% I would bite of my big toe.

  • Arch Puddington

    EXCELLENT answers.

  • Koko

    Would you bite off your big toe on video so we all
    can see if you are serious?

  • Arch Puddington

    It is exciting to think about Romeo — not to mention Phinessee, Smith, Hunter, Green, and all the others — on a team with Trayce Jackson-Davis and/or Keion Brooks and/or Trendon Watford. And if one or more of them commit this fall and then we have a really great year, who knows, maybe Romeo looks at 2019-20 they way Cody looked at 2012-13 and decides to stay.

    But I suspect that if Romeo stays a second year, it is more likely to mean something has gone wrong than that something has gone right. The NBA seems to be headed for eliminating the age-limit for 2020. If that turns out the be the case, the 2020 draft would almost certainly be much stronger than the 2019 draft, for which Romeo is currently projected as a lottery pick. Sad reality for us, but pretty hard for him to pass that up when the next year could be so different.

  • TomJameson

    The best part about this season is that Archie will have plenty of options.

  • TomJameson

    I think that when the initial recruiting bump has smoothed out (more-or-less), the teams are going to be very competitive year after year.

  • Donnie Vick

    Anyone else concerned about this Washington Post story about Romeo and his AAU team?

  • robmac10

    Just read that myself. I’m not worried about it…. yet. According to Rick Pitino it isn’t technically illegal and Romeo’s father said the family friend is the one who handled any money that came in from it and that he didn’t take any money as Director of AAU program.

    But there are examples of where NCAA have gone after these situations before and ignored them. Examples I read is Marvin Bagley where it was ignored and then Renardo Sidney in 2009 at Mississippi State had NCAA go after them.

    I’m hoping since it’s all related to the parents/family friends there’s no real tie to Romeo and NCAA can’t punish him, but I could be totally wrong.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I guess I’m the only dummy here not concerned about PG play for our team next season. I truly believe that after watching how Archie coaches over this past season, he’s not gonna let silly mistakes slide without correcting them one way or another. I know he sees something in Devonte Green and he won’t let him get by with some of the stuff he did last season on the court with bad passes, turnovers, etc. So, I’m sure Devonte will continue to work hard this offseason on filling that role within Archie’s system and RP will be a more than solid backup for the point position. He’s a high level PG who can score and distribute.

  • twarrior87

    I think they should be fine with DG and RP. I think RP will really challenge DG for minutes which will hopefully push them both to be better.

  • Ole Man

    Guess Slick Rick forgot all about Bowen.

  • Hoosier Brews62

    I would give that comment multiple upvotes if I could

  • Koko

    Funny how small insignificant things tend to slip one’s mind.
    Slick Rick….fits him well.

  • RonMlarkey

    Bringing a case like this to the publics attention and to the attention of the NCAA when they are in “send a message” mode is not a good sign, they may just try to make an example out of anything they can. As was already stated, Renardo Sidney was suspended for the exact same thing.

  • Koko

    There is no “case” here….you make it sound like the Langford’s are in handcuffs and off to jail. It is a news article put together to create points of view just like yours. You are falling for it hook line and sinker… believe everything Pitino says? The basic information in this article is coming from Pitino. At this point it is pretty much hogwash and I’m not surprised you are falling for it.

  • RonMlarkey

    As far as i can see, anything pitino had to say was completely irrelevant. The FACT is, Tim Langford created an AAU team for one single year so shoe companies could bid on sponsoring the team and thus the team director. It is just an indirect and apparently legal way to pay a parents family and hopefully steer him to a college sponsored by the same brand. Having said that the ncaa has established precedent for both ignoring cases like this and suspending players (Renardo Sidney). Either way something to keep an eye on.

  • inCMitrust

    All Fitzner has to do is shoot from deep just like he has the last 3 years and we will have at least one player shooting 40+% from deep. If we can get 1 or 2 players to shoot 35+ our shooting will be vastly improved from last year. I agree the question is can we get high level point play. I’m assuming the D will continue to improve.

  • Koko

    The Renardo Sidney situation is not something to compare to this. Sidney had his problems off court and aside from his NCAA suspension. He was bound to end up where he has.
    No comparison to the Langford’s and absolutely no comparison to Romeo.

  • Arch Puddington

    Heck, we finished in the top half the conference WITHOUT Romeo…….or a consistent PG, a center, or any outside shooting to speak of. So we will be better for sure. But I was responding to the OP’s notion that we already project as the best team in the conference. I won’t be surprised if by then end of the year we are playing as well or better than anyone else, but I’m not quite ready to predict it.

  • Mark Bando

    I am not worried about point guard play at all because to me, for all intensive purposes, Romeo will be our point shooting guard. He will be the “playmaker”. The guy with the ball in his hands most the time. I also believe RP is gonna be good right from the get go.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Ole Man, what was mentioned in the WP article has nothing to do with Bowen. Rick Pitino was simply saying that Romeo’s situation has nothing illegal about it. If anything his clarification helps by casting the Bowen and Langford situations as being entirely separate from each other.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Even if we believe Pitino, he said nothing to implicate the Langfords in anything illegal.

  • Mark Bando

    It mentions several times in the article that there is nothing illegal in what the Langfords and Adidas did.

  • Mark Bando

    Thanks for pointing this out.

  • Ivan Renko

    agreed. Cody also knew he’d be on a team that would be favored to win the national championship. man that was a complete team….

    hoping Archie is able to put together squads like that almost every single year soon

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I disagree slightly. I think Romeo’s gonna be the guy when the shot clock is dwindling that everyone will get the ball to to make a play happen (if he hasn’t already made something happen). I think Devonte will get the nod to bring the ball down and initiate plays at the top of the shot clock.

    Also, and I know you’re gonna cuss me a little (LOL!), but it’s “all intents and purposes”. I know, I know……I’m that guy.

  • sarge

    I think the purpose is the very relevant new additions to some teams. Like Ro, the highest ranked Big and IU recruit in some time and guys like EF who will surely fill a large role on some teams. Not quite as concise as you make it seem.