The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA draft has passed and Big Ten rosters now have far more clarity heading into the 2019-20 season.
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. Current preseason Bart Torvik T-Rank ratings are in parenthesis for each team and teams are listed in order of their T-Rank.
(Note: This is the sixth 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.)
Michigan State (No. 1)
· Returning: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, Kyle Ahrens, Xavier Tillman, Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Thomas Kithier, Marcus Bingham Jr.
· Arriving: Malik Hall (247Composite No. 58), Rocket Watts (247Composite No. 38), Julius Marble (247Composite No. 209), Joey Hauser (transfer from Marquette, must sit out)
· Departing: Matt McQuaid (graduation), Kenny Goins (graduation), Nick Ward (NBA draft)
Notes: The big news of the week for the Spartans was the addition of Joey Hauser, who is transferring from Marquette and will have to sit out next season. Michigan State is the clear favorite to win the Big Ten next season.
Purdue (No. 4)
· Returning: Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, Evan Boudreaux, Sasha Stefanovic, Nojel Eastern
· 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), Carsen Edwards (NBA draft)
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.
Maryland (No. 12)
· Returning: Anthony Cowan, Jalen Smith, Eric Ayala, Joshua Tomaic, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith Jr., Darryl Morsell, Ricky Lindo Jr.
· 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), Bruno Fernando (NBA draft)
Notes: Maryland went 2-for-3 with its potential NBA draft early departures as Cowan and Smith are both returning and Fernando is staying in the early entrant pool. The Terps will be one of the league’s most talented teams next season.
Illinois (No. 16)
· Returning: Alan Griffin, Trent Frazier, Kipper Nichols, Tevian Jones, Andres Feliz, Ayo Dosunmu, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Da’Monte Williams, Samba Kane
· Arriving: Kofi Cockburn (247Composite No. 44)
· Departing: Aaron Jordan (graduation), Adonis De La Rosa (graduation), Anthony Higgs (transfer)
Notes: Illinois has to be considered one of the big winners this spring in the Big Ten. The return of Dosunmu gives the Illini a legitimate candidate for first team all-Big Ten and the addition of Cockburn should bolster the frontcourt.
Ohio State (No. 18)
· Returning: Kaleb Wesson, Musa Jallow, CJ Walker, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young
· 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: Wesson’s return is huge news for Chris Holtmann, who has compiled (in this author’s opinion) the second best roster in the league behind Michigan State.
Wisconsin (No. 20)
· Returning: D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford, Kobe King, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom
· 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 whiffed on the Hauser brothers after there was speculation that the Badgers may be the favorite to land them.
Penn State (No. 21)
· Returning: Lamar Stevens, Myles Dread, Daniil Kasatkin, Izaiah Brockington, Myreon Jones, Mike Watkins, John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick
· 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: Stevens returning is huge for Pat Chambers, who will likely be coaching for his job next season.
Michigan (No. 34)
· Returning: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius, Isaiah Livers, Austin Davis, Adrian Nunez, Colin Castleton, Brandon Johns, Eli Brooks
· Arriving: Cole Bajema (247Composite No. 106)
· Departing: Jordan Poole (NBA draft), Ignas Brazdeikis (NBA draft), Charles Matthews (NBA draft)
Notes: It appears Michigan is retaining assistant coach Saddi Washington under new coach Juwan Howard, but DeAndre Haynes and Luke Yaklich are both leaving Ann Arbor. The Wolverines still have a solid returning nucleus, but it’s hard not to expect a major step backwards next season.
Iowa (No. 44)
· Returning: Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp, Jack Nunge, CJ Fredrick, Ryan Kriener, Connor McCaffery, Cordell Pemsl, Luka Garza
· Arriving: Pat McCaffery (247Composite No. 81), Joe Toussaint (247Composite No. 227)
· Departing: Nicolas Baer (graduation), Maishe Dailey (transfer), Isaiah Moss (transfer), Tyler Cook (NBA draft)
Notes: Much of Iowa’s fortunes for next season will be tied to the health of Bohannon, who recently underwent surgery and is in danger of missing the 2019-20 season.
Rutgers (No. 50)
· Returning: Geo Baker, Myles Johnson, Mamadou Doucoure, Montez Mathis, Shaq Carter, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young, Peter Kiss
· Arriving: Paul Mulcahy (247Composite No. 151), Akwasi Yeboah (graduate transfer from Stony Brook)
· Departing: Shaquille Doorson (graduation), Issa Thiam (dismissed from program), Eugene Omoruyi (transfer)
Notes: The decision to transfer from Omoruyi is a significant blow for Rutgers, which looked like a potential top eight or nine team in the conference on paper prior to the release of that news.
Indiana (No. 55)
· Returning: Devonte Green, Al Durham Jr., Justin Smith, De’Ron Davis, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, Rob Phinisee, Damezi Anderson
· 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), Romeo Langford (NBA draft)
Notes: Indiana still has two scholarships remaining and based on Archie Miller’s comments on May 29, the Hoosiers are unlikely to use them next season. Is there enough on the roster to avoid a fourth straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance?
Nebraska (No. 70)
· Returning: Dachon Burke, Thorir Thorbjarnarson
· 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. 182), Kevin Cross (Not ranked in 247Composite), Derrick Walker Jr. (transfer from Tennessee, must sit out)
· Departing: Isaiah Roby (NBA draft), 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: Nebraska’s roster has been overhauled completely and it could be a long winter for Fred Hoiberg.
Minnesota (No. 73)
· Returning: Eric Curry, Gabe Kalscheur, Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa, Marcus Carr, Michael Hurt, Payton Willis
· 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: Amir Coffey (NBA draft), Jordan Murphy (graduation), Isiah Washington (transfer), Dupree McBrayer (graduation), Brock Stull (graduation), Matz Stockman (graduation)
Notes: Coffey is staying in the draft and it is a significant blow for the Gophers, who are now without their three best players from last season.
Northwestern (No. 150)
· Returning: A.J. Turner, Ryan Greer, Miller Kopp, Pete Nance, Anthony Gaines, Ryan Young
· 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.
Filed to: 2019-2020 Big Ten preview