Big Ten roster updates: May 23, 2019

  • 05/23/2019 8:33 am in

Summer is nearly here, but Big Ten roster additions continue as does some attrition. In addition, news broke on Thursday that after a 10-day search, Michigan is replacing John Beilein with Miami Heat assistant and former Wolverine Juwan Howard.

With that in mind, it’s time for another updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2019-20 season.

(Note: This is the fifth 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: Alan Griffin, Trent Frazier, Kipper Nichols, Tevian Jones, Andres Feliz, Ayo Dosunmu, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Da’Monte Williams, Samba Kane
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Kofi Cockburn (247Composite No. 44)
· Departing: Aaron Jordan (graduation), Adonis De La Rosa (graduation), Anthony Higgs (transfer)

Notes: Right now, Illinois is at 10 scholarship players next season as the status of commit Bernard Kouma appears to be up in the air. Kouma committed back on April 8, but Illinois curiously did not announce his signing during the late period, which ended on May 15.


· Returning: De’Ron Davis, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, Rob Phinisee, Damezi Anderson
· NBA draft early entrants: Romeo Langford (staying in draft), Devonte Green, Al Durham Jr., Justin Smith
· Arriving: Trayce Jackson-Davis (247Composite No. 29), Armaan Franklin (247Composite No. 147), Joey Brunk (graduate transfer from Butler)
· Departing: Juwan Morgan (graduation), Evan Fitzner (graduation), Zach McRoberts (graduation), Jake Forrester (transfer), Clifton Moore (transfer)

Notes: Indiana still has two scholarships remaining for next season assuming Green, Durham Jr. and Smith return to school. The deadline for all three players to withdraw from the NBA draft is May 29.


· Returning: Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp, Jack Nunge, CJ Fredrick, Ryan Kriener, Connor McCaffery, Cordell Pemsl, Luka Garza
· NBA draft early entrants: Tyler Cook
· Arriving: Pat McCaffery (247Composite No. 81), Joe Toussaint (247Composite No. 227)
· Departing: Nicolas Baer (graduation), Maishe Dailey (transfer), Isaiah Moss (transfer)

Notes: Wieskamp is returning to school after testing the NBA draft waters, but the Hawkeyes could be without Bohannon next season, which would be a major problem.


· Returning: Jalen Smith, Eric Ayala, Joshua Tomaic, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith Jr., Darryl Morsell, Ricky Lindo Jr.
· NBA draft early entrants: Anthony Cowan, Bruno Fernando (staying in draft)
· Arriving: Makhi Mitchell (247Composite No. 65), Donta Scott (247Composite No. 141), Makhel Mitchell (247Composite No. 163), Hakim Hart (247Composite No. 452), Chol Marial (247Composite No. 165)
· Departing: Ivan Bender (graduation), Trace Ramsey (transfer)

Notes: Fernando is staying in the draft, but the status of Cowan is still to be determined.


· Returning: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius, Isaiah Livers, Austin Davis, Adrian Nunez, Colin Castleton, Brandon Johns, Eli Brooks
· NBA draft early entrants: Jordan Poole (staying in draft), Ignas Brazdeikis (staying in draft), Charles Matthews (staying in draft)
· Arriving: Cole Bajema (247Composite No. 106)
· Departing: None

Notes: Michigan has a new coach in Juwan Howard, but Jalen Wilson is no longer committed and Poole, Brazdeikis and Matthews are all staying in the draft. The first order of business for Howard? Hire a staff and attempt to re-recruit Wilson.

Michigan State

· Returning: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, Kyle Ahrens, Xavier Tillman, Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Thomas Kithier, Marcus Bingham Jr.
· NBA draft early entrants: Nick Ward (staying in draft)
· Arriving: Malik Hall (247Composite No. 58), Rocket Watts (247Composite No. 38), Julius Marble (247Composite No. 209)
· Departing: Matt McQuaid (graduation), Kenny Goins (graduation)

Notes: The Spartans return one of the preseason favorites for national player of the year in Winston, but are losing Ward to the NBA draft.


· Returning: Eric Curry, Gabe Kalscheur, Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa, Marcus Carr, Michael Hurt, Payton Willis
· NBA draft early entrants: Amir Coffey
· Arriving: Tre Williams (247Composite No. 128), Sam Freeman (247Composite No. 390), Aliham Demir (grad transfer from Drexel), Isaiah Inhen (Not ranked in 247Composite, international prospect)
· Departing: Jordan Murphy (graduation), Isiah Washington (transfer), Dupree McBrayer (graduation), Brock Stull (graduation), Matz Stockman (graduation)

Notes: With less than a week to go until the deadline to withdraw from the draft, Coffey’s decision is still up in the air.


· Returning: Dachon Burke, Thorir Thorbjarnarson
· NBA draft early entrants: Isaiah Roby (staying in draft)
· Arriving: Jervay Green (junior college signee), Akol Arop (247Composite No. 382), Haanif Cheatham (graduate transfer from Florida Gulf Coast), Dalano Banton (transfer from Western Kentucky), Matej Kavas (graduate transfer from Seattle), Cameron Mack (junior college signee), Shamiel Stevenson (graduate transfer from Seattle), Yvan Ouedraogo (Not ranked in 247Composite, international prospect), Samari Curtis (247Composite No. 183), Kevin Cross (Not ranked in 247Composite), Derrick Walker Jr. (transfer from Tennessee, must sit out)
· Departing: Isaac Copeland (graduation), James Palmer Jr. (graduation), Thomas Allen (transfer), Glynn Watson Jr. (graduation), Tanner Borchardt (graduation), Johnny Trueblood (graduation), Nana Akenten (transfer), Brady Heiman (transfer), Amir Harris (transfer), Karrington Davis (transfer)

Notes: Since our last update, Fred Hoiberg added Curtis, Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2019, a sitout transfer from Tennessee in Walker Jr. and Cross, a power forward from Arkansas.


· Returning: A.J. Turner, Ryan Greer, Miller Kopp, Pete Nance, Anthony Gaines, Ryan Young
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Robbie Beran (247Composite No. 105), Jared Jones (247Composite No. 214), Daniel Buie (247Composite No. 317), Chase Audige (transfer from William & Mary)
· Departing: Aaron Falzon (transfer), Barret Benson (transfer), Vic Law (graduation), Dererk Pardon (graduation), Jordan Ash (transfer), Ryan Taylor (graduation)

Notes: On paper, Northwestern looks like one of the Big Ten’s worst teams heading into the 2019-20 season.

Ohio State

· Returning: Musa Jallow, CJ Walker, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young
· NBA draft early entrants: Kaleb Wesson
· Arriving: DJ Carton (247Composite No. 33), Alonzo Gaffney (247Composite No. 47), EJ Liddell (247Composite No. 42), Ibrahima Diallo (247Composite No. 290), Justice Sueing (transfer from Cal)
· Departing: CJ Jackson (graduation), Jaedon LeDee (transfer), Keyshawn Woods (graduation)

Notes: The Buckeyes are still awaiting official word from Wesson, who is working out for NBA teams but is expected to return to school.

Penn State

· Returning: Myles Dread, Daniil Kasatkin, Izaiah Brockington, Myreon Jones, Mike Watkins, John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick
· NBA draft early entrants: Lamar Stevens
· Arriving: Seth Lundy (247Composite No. 210), Abdou Tsimbila (247Composite No. 360), Patrick Kelly (247Composite No. 472)
· Departing: Josh Reaves (graduation), Deivis Zemgulis (graduation), Rasir Bolton (transfer)

Notes: The Stevens stay or go decision remains one of the biggest in the conference.


· Returning: Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, Evan Boudreaux, Sasha Stefanovic, Nojel Eastern
· NBA draft early entrants: Carsen Edwards (staying in draft)
· Arriving: Mason Gillis (247Composite No. 208), Isaiah Thompson (247Composite No. 199), Brandon Newman (247Composite No. 120), Jahaad Proctor (graduate transfer from High Point)
· Departing: Ryan Cline (graduation), Grady Eifert (graduation)

Notes: Edwards is staying in the draft, but Matt Painter has a solid returning nucleus and added one of the top scoring guards on the grad transfer market in Proctor.


· Returning: Geo Baker, Eugene Omoruyi, Myles Johnson, Mamadou Doucoure, Montez Mathis, Shaq Carter, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young, Peter Kiss
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Paul Mulcahy (247Composite No. 151), Akwasi Yeboah (graduate transfer from Stony Brook)
· Departing: Shaquille Doorson (graduation), Issa Thiam (dismissed from program)

Notes: The Scarlet Knights return just about every notable piece and should be ready for another step up in the Big Ten standings next season.


· Returning: D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford, Kobe King, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Tyler Wahl (247Composite No. 189)
· Departing: Ethan Happ (graduation), Charles Thomas (graduation), Khalil Iverson (graduation), Tai Strickland (transfer), Taylor Currie (transfer)

Notes: The Badgers are tough to project following the graduation of Happ, one of the most decorated players in program history. Wisconsin is reportedly the favorite to land the Hauser brothers, who are transferring from Marquette.

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