A look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2021-22 season
Previously, Inside the Hall published a glance at the Big Ten players coming and going via the transfer portal, but we have expanded our focus to rosters for the 2021-2022 season.
This post will be updated frequently this offseason due to all of the player movement, but here’s a current look at Big Ten rosters for the 2021-22 season.
Editor’s note: Please contact us via email if any omissions or errors are spotted. Information was last updated at 9 a.m. ET on August 4, 2021.
Illinois (24-7 last season)
Projected to return: Jacob Grandison, Andre Curbelo, Brandon Lieb, Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk, Austin Hutcherson, Coleman Hawkins, Trent Frazier, Da’Monte Williams, Kofi Cockburn
NBA draft/professional route: Ayo Dosunmu, Giorgi Bezhanishvili
Transferring out: Adam Miller (to LSU), Jermaine Hamlin (to Eastern Illinois)
Arriving: Omar Payne (from Florida), Luke Goode (247Composite top 100), Ramses Melendez (247Composite top 100), Brandin Podziemski, Alfonso Plummer (from Utah)
Notes: The Illini lost Dosunmu to the NBA, but will welcome back Frazier for a fifth season. Cockburn is also returning to Champaign after testing the NBA draft process.
Indiana (12-15 last season)
Projected to return: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Rob Phinisee, Jordan Geronimo, Trey Galloway, Anthony Leal, Khristian Lander, Parker Stewart
Transferring out: Al Durham (to Providence), Armaan Franklin (to Virginia), Joey Brunk (to Ohio State), Jerome Hunter (to Xavier)
Arriving: Xavier Johnson (from Pittsburgh), Logan Duncomb (247Composite top 100), Tamar Bates (247Composite 5-star), Miller Kopp (from Northwestern), Michael Durr (from South Florida)
Notes: Mike Woodson has eight players returning to Bloomington and five newcomers in Johnson, Kopp, Bates, Durr and Duncomb.
Iowa (22-9 last season)
Projected to return: Joe Toussaint, Keegan Murray, Patrick McCaffery, Connor McCaffery, Tony Perkins, Ahron Ulis, Kris Murray, Josh Ogundele, Jordan Bohannon, Austin Ash
NBA draft/professional route: Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp
Transferring out: Jack Nunge (to Xavier), Michael Baer (to Siena), CJ Fredrick (to Kentucky)
Arriving: Payton Sandfort, Riley Mulvey, Filip Rebraca (from North Dakota)
Notes: Iowa is going to look completely different next season without Garza. The Hawkeyes did get a major boost with Bohannon’s return for another season, but Wieskamp is staying in the NBA draft. And Fredrick, one of the team’s best shooters, is transferring to Kentucky.
Maryland (17-14 last season)
Projected to return: Marcus Dockery, James Graham III, Hakim Hart, Donta Scott, Eric Ayala
Graduated: Galin Smith
NBA draft/professional route: Aaron Wiggins
In the portal: Connor Odom
Transferring out: Chol Marial (to Oregon State), Aquan Smart (to Florida International), Jairus Hamilton (to Western Kentucky), Darryl Morsell (to Marquette)
Arriving: Fatts Russell (from Rhode Island), Qudus Wahab (from Georgetown), Julian Reese (247Composite top 100), Ike Cornish, Ian Martinez (from Utah), Simon Wright (from Elon), Pavlo Dziuba (from Arizona State), Xavier Green (from Old Dominion)
Notes: There’s a lot of moving pieces for Mark Turgeon, who just received a contract extension. Morsell transferred to Marquette and Wiggins stayed in the NBA draft.
Michigan (23-5 last season)
Projected to return: Eli Brooks, Austin Nunez, Zeb Jackson, Brandon Johns Jr., Terrance Williams, Jace Howard, Hunter Dickinson
Graduated: Austin Davis
NBA draft/professional route: Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown, Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner
Arriving: Caleb Houstan (247Composite 5-star), Moussa Diabate (247Composite 5-star), Kobe Bufkin (247Composite top 50), Frankie Collins (247Composite top 100), Isaiah Barnes, Will Tschetter, DeVante’ Jones (from Coastal Carolina)
Notes: Michigan has one of the nation’s best incoming freshman classes, but lost Smith, Brown, Livers and Wagner to the professional ranks.
Michigan State (15-13 last season)
Projected to return: A.J. Hoggard, Mady Sissoko, Gabe Brown, Joey Hauser, Julius Marble, Marcus Bingham Jr., Malik Hall
Graduated: Joshua Langford
NBA draft/professional route: Aaron Henry
Transferring out: Jack Hoiberg (to UT-Arlington), Thomas Kithier (to Valparaiso), Foster Loyer (to Davidson), Rocket Watts (to Mississippi State)
Arriving: Tyson Walker (from Northeastern), Max Christie (247Composite 5-star), Jaden Akins (247Composite top 100), Pierre Brooks (247Composite top 100)
Notes: Michigan State has a solid returning nucleus and additions like Walker and Christie could make major impacts immediately in East Lansing.
Minnesota (14-15 last season)
Projected to return: Isaiah Ihnen, Eric Curry
NBA draft/professional route: David Mutaf
Transferring out: Gabe Kalscheur (to Iowa State), Liam Robbins (to Vanderbilt), Jamal Mashburn Jr. (to New Mexico), Jarvis Omersa (to St. Thomas), Martice Mitchell (to Northern Illinois), Tre’ Williams (to Oregon State), Sam Freeman (to Pacific), Brandon Johnson (to DePaul), Both Gach (to Utah), Marcus Carr (to Texas)
Arriving: Jamison Battle (from George Washington), Luke Loewe (from William & Mary), E.J. Stephens (from Lafayette), Sean Sutherlin (from New Hampshire), Treyton Thompson, Payton Willis (from College of Charleston), Parker Fox (from Northern State), Abdoulaye Thiam, Charlie Daniels (from Stephen F. Austin), Daniel Ogele (from Mercyhurst)
Notes: Minnesota has turned over a good portion of its roster following the firing of Richard Pitino and subsequent hiring of Ben Johnson.
Nebraska (7-20 last season)
Projected to return: Trey McGowens, Kobe Webster, Lat Mayen, Derrick Walker, Trevor Lakes
NBA draft/professional route: Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Shamiel Stevenson, Dalano Banton
Transferring out: Yvan Ouedraogo (to Grand Canyon), Teddy Allen (to New Mexico State), Bret Porter (to Central Community College), Akol Arop (to Omaha), Elijah Wood (to Eastern Illinois)
Arriving: C.J. Wilcher (from Xavier), Bryce McGowens (247Composite 5-star), Wilhelm Breidenbach (247Composite top 100), Keisei Tominaga, Oleg Kojenets, Keon Edwards (from DePaul), Quaran McPherson, Alonzo Verge (from Arizona State)
Notes: Nebraska will again have significant roster turnover as it enters year three of the Fred Hoiberg era. The Huskers should have a much better backcourt with the addition of McGowens, a five-star prospect.
Northwestern (9-15 last season)
Projected to return: Boo Buie, Chase Audige, Ryan Greer, Ty Berry, Ryan Young, Pete Nance, Robbie Beran, Matt Nicholson
Transferring out: Anthony Gaines (to Siena), Miller Kopp (to Indiana)
Arriving: Brooks Barnhizer, Casey Simmons, Julian Roper, Elyjah Williams (from Farleigh Dickinson)
Notes: Chris Collins still has work to do to firm up the roster for next season in Evanston. Kopp’s departure leaves a scoring void on the wing for the Wildcats.
Ohio State (21-10 last season)
Projected to return: Justice Sueing, Zed Key, Seth Towns, Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens, Eugene Brown, Meechie Johnson, Jimmy Sotos, Abel Porter, EJ Liddell
NBA draft/professional route: CJ Walker (agent), Duane Washington (agent)
Transferring out: Musa Jallow (to Charlotte), Ibrahima Diallo (transferring to San Jose State)
Arriving: Jamari Wheeler (from Penn State), Malaki Branham (247Composite top 50), Kalen Etzler, Joey Brunk (from Indiana), Cedric Russell (from Louisiana)
Notes: Chris Holtmann landed a rare intraconference transfer with Wheeler, who is known as one of the Big Ten’s best defenders on the perimeter. The Buckeyes also added Indiana transfer Joey Brunk, who began his career at Butler under Holtmann and Cedric Russell from Louisiana.
Penn State (11-14 last season)
Projected to return: Sam Sessoms, Myles Dread, Seth Lundy, John Harrar, Caleb Dorsey, Dallion Johnson, Kyle McCloskey
In the portal: Abdou Tsimbila
Transferring out: Jamari Wheeler (to Ohio State), Myreon Jones (to Florida), Trent Buttrick (to UMass), Patrick Kelly (to Fordham), Izaiah Brockington (to Iowa State), DJ Gordon (to Fordham)
Arriving: Jalen Pickett (from Siena), Jaheam Cornwall (from Gardner-Webb), Jevonnie Scott, Greg Lee (from Western Michigan), Jelanni White (from Canisius)
Notes: Micah Shrewsberry has added four transfers to the Penn State program since taking over last spring.
Purdue (18-10 last season)
Projected to return: Zach Edey, Jaden Ivey, Eric Hunter, Brandon Newman, Sasha Stefanovic, Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson, Ethan Morton, Trevion Williams
Transferring out: Aaron Wheeler (to St. John’s), Emmanuel Douwouna (to Tennessee State)
Arriving: Trey Kaufman (247Composite top 50), Caleb Furst (247Composite top 100), Brian Waddell
Notes: Purdue is expected to return every notable piece from last season’s team and will add a pair of top 50 players in Kaufman and Furst.
Rutgers (16-12 last season)
Projected to return: Geo Baker, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, Paul Mulcahy, Cliff Omoruyi, Jaden Jones, Dean Reiber, Mawot Mag, Oskar Palmquist
In the portal: Daniel Lobach
Transferring out: Mamadou Doucouré (to LaSalle), Montez Mathis (to St. John’s), Myles Johnson (to UCLA), Jacob Young (to Oregon)
Arriving: Jalen Miller, Aundre Hyatt (from LSU), Ralph Agee (from San Jose State)
Notes: Harper Jr. and Baker are returning while Johnson and Young transferred out.
Wisconsin (18-13 last season)
Projected to return: Brad Davison, Jonathan Davis, Tyler Wahl, Ben Carlson, Steven Crowl, Jordan Davis, Lorne Bowman
Graduated: D’Mitrik Trice, Aleem Ford, Micah Potter, Nate Reuvers
Transferring out: Walt McGrory (to South Dakota), Trevor Anderson (to Valparaiso), Joseph Hedstrom (to Valparaiso)
Arriving: Isaac Lindsey (from UNLV), Chucky Hepburn, Matthew Mors, Chris Hodges, Markus Ilver, Jahcobi Neath (from Wake Forest), Chris Vogt (from Cincinnati)
Notes: The Badgers got a big boost in the backcourt when Davison announced that he would return for another season on April 14.