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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  • Outoftheloop

    In my opinion the following players should shoot 40%+ from 3-point range: Fitzner, Romeo, Jerome, Damezi, R Phinisee, Al, and Justin. In my opinion the following players should shoot 35%+ from 3-point range: Juwan, Zach and Clifton. Devonte could shoot 45%, or 30%. It all depends upon his self discipline and selflessness. Prove me right men!

  • Donnie Vick

    I thought it was pretty slimy to bring up their salaries and their bankruptcy. I believe you call that “poisoning the well.”

  • Fifer39

    I questioned Tim Langford holding up an adidas logo behind Romeo as he announced his decision last week. I was told it was on a shooting sleeve because that was Romeo’s ‘calling card’, LOL!

  • Koko

    Yes….I couldn’t agree more.

  • Koko

    Agreed but I think Pitino had covert intentions in doing this article….not good intentions.

  • for whom the balls roll

    What are you saying exactly? What does the song have to do with Rick Pitino?

  • for whom the balls roll

    If anything it’s in his interest to bring out what’s legal about what he did, in other words, to stress Romeo’s innocence. It wasn’t him who wrote the piece, right? It is a media creation.

  • for whom the balls roll

    No thanks! I’ll take his word for it. Of course, he’ll never admit he’s wrong.

  • Mark Bando

    Either way, it will be interesting to see how archie schemes the offense. We may see alot of different looks. That’s funny about “all intents and……” I googled it before i wrote it and it said you could say it either way. Or I probably read it wrong.

  • Koko

    Yes it is a media creation but one that would not go far without Pitino… opinion. Pitino states his innocence basically but while he is doing it he is covertly insinuating some trouble in the Langford household and giving fodder for the reporter to expand on. I mean really, what does money problems and a bankruptcy have to do with anything that is Pitino’s business? If everything is legal and above boards then why even do the piece? And why do some walk away from that article thinking there is future trouble for the Langfords? Why pull Pitino in on it? Or did Pitino contact the reporter first? It all just smells fishy to me.

  • John D Murphy

    Google said that? Wow.

  • John D Murphy

    Do you really not know?

  • Koko

    That is how I used to say it….intensive purposes.

  • Koko

    LOL….and he won’t bite his toe off either.

  • for whom the balls roll

    I don’t. Seriously.

  • John D Murphy

    Ricks sexual encounter with the woman who tried to black mail him was in an Italian restaurant. Quickest release I assume is a jab insinuating a brief performance at the same event

  • Koko

    Well I’m sure the most ethical man on earth (Rick Pitino) is quite happy to do what he can to mess up Romeo going to IU. IU is probably the last place he wanted to see Romeo go. I would not be surprised to see Pitino do/say what ever he needs to say/do to cover his a.. and get back into coaching. And what a perfect avenue for Pitino to use a main stream media pimp to “get the word out”. This article stinks to high heaven and as far as I’m concerned needs to be ignored. The article uses information and formulates it into a way as to make one think something is wrong and illegal when it is not. This writer appears to have crawled out of the same bed as the ESPN reporter that tried to destroy Sean Miller. This article, as the ESPN article on Sean Miller, is designed to do nothing more than to create fear, confusion and upset.

  • Outoftheloop

    “Should shoot”, not “will shoot”! Each of the seven has shown in the past, some in HS, some as freshmen, one over a 3 year college career, that they have the stroke to hit 40%, if they really work hard to improve their shot and shot selection! Rob P, Devonte and Al will feed them when they are open, Romeo’s presence will prevent double teaming, except on Romeo, and Juwan and Justin’s timely cuts in the lane will occupy lots of defensive attention. So why not hope for the best!

  • Mark Bando

    I probably read it wrong.

  • Mark Bando

    Good, glad im not the only one.

  • for whom the balls roll

    No, Renardo Sidney was not suspended for the exact same thing. There is no evidence of misuse of funds and lying, as the contention is in the the Sidney case. Ridiculous that you would say that.

  • Koko

    I don’t think Pitino has a case….I mean I don’t think he has been arrested for anything. So no can’t stop his communication.

  • PocketHoosier

    When you look at his shooting form, it’s easy to see why Romeo Langford is regarded as having the second quickest release in all of college basketball.

    Who has the quickest release in all of college basketball, you ask? Rick Pitino, of course.

    *Plays Billy Joel’s Scenes From an Italian Restaurant*

  • for whom the balls roll

    Just because the song and sex both take place in an Italian restaurant. LOL.

  • for whom the balls roll

    This made me read up on his scandal. I had always assumed he was on wiretap facilitating the payment, but it turns out he wasn’t. Regardless of what we think of him or inclined to think of him, there does not seem to be evidence he was involved in the shady deal to get Bowen. I always felt he was innocent on this one, frankly, and for one reason. If Pitino knew he had done something wrong, I really doubt he would have boasted so openly and persistently about Bowen being his easiest 5-star recruit ever. In any case, I don’t like what he insinuated about the Langfords, but that does not make him guilty in the Bowen affair.

  • Donnie Vick

    And all this time, i thought they were socks! That’s the real, breaking news in this hit piece.

  • Oldguyy

    I’ll have to disagree with you on one thing. IMO, summers are never long enough, and they seem to get shorter every year, unlike winters.

  • TomJameson

    Re De’Ron’s health and productivity. I’ve said all along that even with becoming healthy and medically cleared, he should have limited/monitored minutes. You can’t really get into “game shape” with practicing, so he’ll need to ease into it. I also think that is why Evan is part of the lineup. He provides some senior leadership, but he’s a great relief for De’Ron. I can see them both getting 15 minutes or so.

    As HuntinHoosier86 said, contributing (I’ll add – more consistently and significantly), by mid-nonconference. At the very most, by the B1G season.

  • for whom the balls roll

    In the song the Italian restaurant is not a place of ill-repute, so I don’t see the connection.

  • Oldguyy

    McRoberts was our best three-point shooter at 39% last year. He may be the consummate 3-and-D player next year, which would mesh very well with Langford.

  • TomJameson

    Well, I have to agree with that. The older I get, the more I want warm weather. 🙂

  • for whom the balls roll

    Warm sunny weather is overrated. LOL.

  • Hoosier Daddy

    Romeo is the most important and oblivious of who’s coming and going on any team in this conference. Just don’t sleep in Race, he will be a important piece of this welcomed puzzle into b town. Can’t wait, go Hoosiers!

  • for whom the balls roll

    It’s a common eggcorn. It’s funny because I paused when I read it but then when I said it to myself it sounded okay.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Okay, I’m going to read it again. Sorry, I missed the part where he insinuates that money issues might have motivated the Langfords. In any case, why is this schmuck being interviewed in the first place? Isn’t there a legal way to shut him up until his case is resolved?

  • hardly

    anybody read the chicago tribune article regarding romeo’s aau team? let’s hope it doesn’t get ugly

  • PocketHoosier

    yes. What John D Murphy said. That’s exactly what it referred to.

    …In fact, if Pitino ever does make his way back into coaching, the song should be his walkout music

  • inCMitrust

    Pitino is guilty and not just by association. If he continues to pursue a case against UofL for payment of his contract more damning information will come out. You gotta love how he was in constant contact with the Adidas reps about keeping Romeo In Adidas, yet when it comes to Bowen he seems to know nothing about the Adidas guys paying Bowens family or how he ended up at UofL.

  • Tenacious Newt

    Sturm und drang with a side of dreck by Pitino because his boy Billy Donovan will be out of a job shortly as well.

  • TomJameson

    No, no it is not overrated. lol

    “for whom the balls roll” is an interesting name. I think the answer is “the balls roll forever”

  • inCMitrust

    The Kravitz article is an ignorant take and a disgrace. I’ve known about the Langford AAU team for quite awhile and for a sports writer to imply the “only” reason Romeo is at IU is because of Adidas and some nefarious dealings is bull.

  • N71

    Kravitz at this point in his career is a bit of an ambulance chaser, its easier.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Kravitz has a hateful tone. Not even sure what good it does him. So glad the Crean era is over. And to borrow a line from Deniro in the King of Comedy: better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime. Lol.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Zach Osterman wrote a very decent piece: Insider: What Romeo Langford, Adidas relationship means for IU basketball.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Much Ado about Nothing

  • N71

    That article was written by a guy who works for the Washington Post and was picked up by the Tribune because they’re in the heart of Big Ten country…presumably. Also consider that Pitino has a natural incentive to assist his son and we’ve been in his backyard with Ostrom, Race Thompson, etc. Considering his career, how proud he came across in the way he dressed, talked, etc. this most recent phase of his career can’t be sitting well so his slinging turds is par for the course with him I’m thinking.

    Bob Kravitz (Indy) piles on like most which immediately has me wondering if they don’t understand AAU travel, expenses, its purpose. I’m no expert mind you but the purpose of AAU basketball is to develop players and there are cost associated (milage, flights, hotels, uniforms, shoes, medical, meals, etc.). The shoe companies have been supporting the elite teams via sponsorships for years presumably in hopes of the next Michael Jordon sales boom. If you receive money and account for it, hell coaches are even entitled to dollars for their time, the system says this isn’t a problem.

    Patino is just lofting poo over the fence.

  • Hardwood83

    My take away from this is the B1G will continue to be down but IU should be up- and that is all that really matters!

    Mich State, Purdoo and Michigan all take a step back, IMO. No one else (other than IU) looks dramatically better. I’m not sold on Wisconsin either. Of course Happ is really good, but the rest of the line-up are schmucks.

  • Outoftheloop

    Not according to the IU official statistics: Justin 42.7 all games, 40.0 conference; Zach 35.7 all, 31.3 conference.

  • John D Murphy

    Dude. It wasn’t my comment. But….I think the post was just making the connection Italian restaurant equals Italian restaurant. Not everything is three layers deep.

  • inCMitrust

    Kravitz tries to imply by saying how clean Crean was that somehow Archie and Glass aren’t since we landed a player of Romeo’s caliber. It is really convenient for Kravitz to leave out how all of dealings on the AAU team predate Archie’s hiring.