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

  • 06/30/2020 11:13 am in

As we race toward the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA draft on August 3, 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 fourth 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, likely to return), Ayo Dosunmu (testing, likely staying in)
· Arriving: Andre Curbelo (247Composite top 100), Adam Miller (247Composite top 100), Coleman Hawkins, Brandon Lieb
· Departing: Alan Griffin (transfer), Kipper Nichols, Tevian Jones (transfer), Andres Feliz

Notes: Illinois recently added a commitment from Lieb, a 6-foot-11 center who is moving up a class and is expected to redshirt.


· Returning: Al Durham Jr., Joey Brunk, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, Rob Phinisee, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin
· Arriving: Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo (247Composite top 100), Khristian Lander (247Composite top 100)
· Departing: Devonte Green, De’Ron Davis, Damezi Anderson (transfer), Justin Smith (transfer)

Notes: Since our last update, Smith announced he was leaving Bloomington and subsequently committed to Arkansas, where he will be eligible next season.


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

Notes: All eyes remain on the decision for Garza, who will likely be the preseason national player of the year if he returns to Iowa City.


· 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, Galin Smith (graduate transfer from Alabama)
· Departing: Anthony Cowan, Ricky Lindo Jr. (transfer), Joshua Tomaic (transfer)

Notes: Bart Torvik’s preseason rankings aren’t optimistic for the Terps. Torvik currently has Maryland at No. 88 nationally entering next season. If that materializes, a coaching change in College Park isn’t out of the question.


· Returning: Austin Davis, Adrien Nunez, Brandon Johns, Eli Brooks, 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, Chaundee Brown (transfer from Wake Forest)
· Departing: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius (transfer), Colin Castleton (transfer), Cole Bajema (transfer)

Notes: Michigan’s roster has undergone significant turnover this offseason. Since our last update, Brown committed to the Wolverines and Nojel Eastern announced that he wouldn’t be attending Michigan as he was not admitted to the school.

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), 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: Michigan State has one of the biggest NBA decisions still outstanding with Tillman. If he returns, the Spartans could be right back in the mix in the Big Ten title hunt.


· Returning: Eric Curry, Gabe Kalscheur, Jarvis Omersa, Tre’ Williams, Sam Freeman, Isaiah Ihnen
· 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, David Mutaf, Both Gach (transfer from Utah)
· Departing: Payton Willis (transfer), Michael Hurt, Alihan Demir, Bryan Greenlee (transfer)

Notes: Minnesota continues to reshape its roster for next season as it added Mutaf, a guard from Istanbul, and Gach, a double figure scorer at Utah last season who will attempt to gain eligibility for next season.


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

Notes: Nebraska’s depth for next season took a hit as Kobe King announced earlier this month that he would not attend the university due to personal reasons.


· 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: Northwestern has had a quiet offseason, but the Wildcats are making noise in 2021 with a recruiting class with three prospects ranked in the top 165 of the 247Composite already committed.

Ohio State

· Returning: Musa Jallow, Duane Washington Jr., Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young, EJ Liddell, Ibrahima Diallo, Justice Seuing, CJ Walker
· NBA draft early entrants: Kaleb Wesson (staying in)
· 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: Since our last update, we learned that Wesson is staying in the draft and Walker will return to school.

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: Look for the Nittany Lions to take a major step back next season without Stevens to rely on in the frontcourt.


· Returning: Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, Sasha Stefanovic, Brandon Newman, Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Jaden Ivey (247Composite top 100), Ethan Morton (247Composite top 100), Zach Edey
· Departing: Matt Haarms (transfer), Evan Boudreaux, Jaahad Proctor, Nojel Eastern (transfer)

Notes: Despite losing Haarms and Eastern, Purdue could be on track for a major bounceback this season with the addition of a pair of top 100 recruits and a returning nucleus that is solid.


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

Notes: It’s been a quiet offseason in Piscataway, but one big question remains: Can the Scarlet Knights keep the magic alive in the RAC next season?


· 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 are currently the pick to win the Big Ten next season as all five starters return from a team that won a share of the title last season.

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