An updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2020-21 season

  • 04/27/2020 9:00 am in

With the NBA draft early entry deadline now past us and transfer activity continuing around the country, it’s time for an updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2020-21 season.

(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, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Da’Monte Williams, Austin Hutcherson, Jermaine Hamlin, Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk, Jacob Grandison
· NBA draft early entrants: Kofi Cockburn (testing), Ayo Dosunmu (testing, likely staying in)
· Arriving: Andre Curbelo (247Composite top 100), Adam Miller (247Composite top 100), Coleman Hawkins
· Departing: Alan Griffin (transfer), Kipper Nichols, Tevian Jones (transfer), Andres Feliz

Notes: Since our last update, Dosunmu put his name into the NBA draft and all indications are that he will keep his name in. In addition, Adam Miller went from commit to signee as he inked his National Letter of Intent.


· Returning: Justin Smith, Al Durham Jr., Joey Brunk, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, Rob Phinisee, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Anthony Leal (247Composite top 100), Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo
· Departing: Devonte Green, De’Ron Davis, Damezi Anderson (transfer)

Notes: Indiana had roster attrition since our first update as sophomore forward Damezi Anderson put his name into the transfer portal.


· Returning: Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp, Jack Nunge, CJ Fredrick, Connor McCaffery, Pat McCaffery, Joe Toussaint
· NBA draft early entrants: Luka Garza (testing)
· Arriving: Ahron Ulis, Tony Perkins, Josh Ogundele, Keegan Murray, Kris Murray
· Departing: Ryan Kreiner, Cordell Pemsl (transfer)

Notes: After testing the NBA draft waters following his freshman season, Joe Wieskamp opted to skip that process this spring and will be back in Iowa City for his junior season.


· Returning: Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith Jr., Darryl Morsell, Donta Scott, Chol Marial
· NBA draft early entrants: Jalen Smith (staying in)
· Arriving: Jairus Hamilton (transfer from Boston College), Marcus Dockery, Aquan Smart
· Departing: Anthony Cowan, Ricky Lindo Jr. (transfer), Joshua Tomaic (transfer)

Notes: Maryland lost a frontcourt rotation player in Joshua Tomaic to the transfer portal since our first update.


· Returning: Austin Davis, Adrien Nunez, Brandon Johns, Eli Brooks, Cole Bajema, Franz Wagner
· NBA draft early entrants: Isaiah Livers (testing)
· Arriving: Mike Smith (graduate transfer from Columbia), Zeb Jackson (247Composite top 100), Hunter Dickinson (247Composite top 100), Terrance Williams (247Composite top 100), Jace Howard
· Departing: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius (transfer), Colin Castleton (transfer)

Notes: Michigan lost the top player in its recruiting class, Isaiah Todd, to the NBA G-League and also missed out on five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher, who chose Arizona State. In better news for the Wolverines, Franz Wagner confirmed his intentions to return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season.

Michigan State

· Returning: Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Thomas Kithier, Marcus Bingham Jr., Malik Hall, Rocket Watts, Julius Marble, Joey Hauser
· NBA draft early entrants: Xavier Tillman (testing, likely staying in), Aaron Henry (testing)
· Arriving: Mady Sissoko (247Composite top 100), AJ Hoggard (247Composite top 100)
· Departing: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford (could apply for fifth year of eligibility), Kyle Ahrens

Notes: Sunday brought news for the Spartans as Aaron Henry put his name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent.


· Returning: Eric Curry, Gabe Kalscheur, Jarvis Omersa, Tre’ Williams, Sam Freeman, Isaiah Ihnen, Bryan Greenlee
· NBA draft early entrants: Daniel Oturu (staying in), Marcus Carr (testing)
· Arriving: Brandon Johnson (graduate transfer from Western Michigan), Liam Robbins (transfer from Drake), Jamal Mashburn Jr. (247Composite top 100), Martice Mitchell
· Departing: Payton Willis (transfer), Michael Hurt, Alihan Demir

Notes: Minnesota’s success next season will be highly dependent on Carr returning to school rather than staying in the draft. If he stays in, the Gophers are likely looking at another bottom three Big Ten finish.


· Returning: Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Akol Arop, Shamiel Stevenson, Derrick Walker, Yvan Ouedraogo, Dalano Banton
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Kobe King (transfer from Wisconsin), Trey McGowens (transfer from Pittsburgh), Kobe Webster (graduate transfer from Western Illinois), Teddy Allen, Lat Mayen
· Departing: Cam Mack (transfer), Dachon Burke (transfer), Jervay Green (transfer), Haanif Cheatham, Matej Kavas, Kevin Cross (transfer), Charlie Easley (transfer)

Notes: Nebraska had its fifth transfer of the offseason recently as freshman Kevin Cross put his name into the portal.


· Returning: Ryan Greer, Miller Kopp, Pete Nance, Anthony Gaines, Ryan Young, Robbie Beran, Boo Buie, Chase Audige
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Ty Berry, Matt Nicholson
· Departing: A.J. Turner, Pat Spencer, Jared Jones (transfer)

Notes: Freshman Jared Jones became the first underclassmen to leave Evanston this offseason as he put his name into the transfer portal recently.

Ohio State

· Returning: Musa Jallow, Duane Washington Jr., Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young, EJ Liddell, Ibrahima Diallo, Justice Seuing
· NBA draft early entrants: Kaleb Wesson (testing, likely staying in), CJ Walker (testing)
· Arriving: Jimmy Sotos (transfer from Bucknell), Seth Towns (graduate transfer from Harvard), Abel Porter (graduate transfer from Utah State), Eugene Brown III, Zed Key
· Departing: Andre Wesson, DJ Carton (transfer), Alonzo Gaffney (transfer), Luther Muhammad (transfer)

Notes: The Buckeyes have lost a ton of talent this offseason as DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and Luther Muhammad have all opted to transfer and the departure of the Wesson brothers.

Penn State

· Returning: Myles Dread, Izaiah Brockington, Myreon Jones, John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick, Seth Lundy, Patrick Kelly
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Sam Sessoms (transfer from Binghamton), Dallion Johnson, DJ Gordon, Valdir Manuel, Caleb Dorsey
· Departing: Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins, Curtis Jones Jr.

Notes: After being a lock to make the NCAA tournament this season, it’s likely back to the bubble (or worse) for the Nittany Lions next season.


· Returning: Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, Sasha Stefanovic, Brandon Newman, Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson
· NBA draft early entrants: Nojel Eastern (testing)
· Arriving: Jaden Ivey (247Composite top 100), Ethan Morton (247Composite top 100), Zach Edey
· Departing: Matt Haarms (transfer), Evan Boudreaux, Jaahad Proctor

Notes: Nojel Eastern is testing the NBA draft waters, but is expected to return to West Lafayette.


· Returning: Geo Baker, Myles Johnson, Mamadou Doucoure, Montez Mathis, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young, Peter Kiss, Paul Mulcahy
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Cliff Omoruyi (247Composite top 100), Mawot Mag, Dean Reiber, Oskar Palmquist
· Departing: Akwasi Yeboah, Shaq Carter

Notes: Will the Scarlet Knights be able to protect their home floor again next season? If so, the talent is here to get to the NCAA tournament.


· Returning: D’Mitrik Trice, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom, Tyler Wahl
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Ben Carlson (247Composite top 100), Johnny Davis, Lorne Bowman, Steven Crowl, Jordan Davis
· Departing: Brevin Pritzl, Kobe King (transfer)

Notes: The Badgers will likely enter the 2020-21 season as the favorite to win the conference.

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