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. There’s still plenty to be settled with more than 1,500 players in the transfer portal and several Big Ten programs in need of several pieces to fill out their rosters.
Editor’s note: Please contact us via email if any omissions or errors are spotted. Information was last updated at 9:45 a.m. ET on May 10, 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
NBA draft/professional route: Ayo Dosunmu (agent), Giorgi Bezhanishvili (agent), Kofi Cockburn (testing)
In the portal: Jermaine Hamlin
Transferring out: Adam Miller (to LSU)
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 and Cockburn is testing the waters, but will welcome back Frazier for a fifth season.
Indiana (12-15 last season)
Projected to return: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Rob Phinisee, Jordan Geronimo, Jerome Hunter, Trey Galloway, Anthony Leal, Khristian Lander, Parker Stewart
Transferring out: Al Durham (to Providence), Armaan Franklin (to Virginia), Joey Brunk (to Ohio State)
Arriving: Xavier Johnson (from Pittsburgh), Logan Duncomb (247Composite top 100), Tamar Bates (247Composite top 100), Miller Kopp (from Northwestern)
Notes: Mike Woodson currently has nine players returning to Bloomington and four newcomers in Johnson, Kopp, Bates 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 (agent), Joe Wieskamp (testing)
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 reason, but Wieskamp is currently testing the NBA draft waters and is unlikely to return. 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
Undecided: Galin Smith
NBA draft/professional route: Eric Ayala (testing), Aaron Wiggins (testing), Darryl Morsell (also in transfer portal)
In the portal: Connor Odom, Jairus Hamilton
Transferring out: Chol Marial (to Oregon State), Aquan Smart (to Florida International)
Arriving: Fatts Russell (from Rhode Island), Qudus Wahab (from Georgetown), Julian Reese (247Composite top 100), Ike Cornish (247Composite top 100), Ian Martinez (from Utah), Simon Wright (from Elon)
Notes: There’s a lot of moving pieces for Mark Turgeon, who just received a contract extension. Three of his best players are in the NBA draft pool and one of them, Morsell, is also in the transfer portal.
Michigan (23-5 last season)
Projected to return: Eli Brooks, Hunter Dickinson, Austin Nunez, Zeb Jackson, Brandon Johns Jr., Terrance Williams, Jace Howard
Graduated: Austin Davis
NBA draft/professional route: Mike Smith (agent), Chaundee Brown (agent), Isaiah Livers (agent), Franz Wagner (agent)
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 (agent)
In the portal: Rocket Watts, Foster Loyer
Transferring out: Jack Hoiberg (to UT-Arlington), Thomas Kithier (to Valparaiso)
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, Both Gach
Graduated: Eric Curry
NBA draft/professional route: David Mutaf (agent)
In the portal: Marcus Carr, Brandon Johnson
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)
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)
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, Dalano Banton
NBA draft/professional route: Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Shamiel Stevenson
In the portal: Akol Arop, Bret Porter, Elijah Wood
Transferring out: Yvan Ouedraogo (to Grand Canyon), Teddy Allen (to New Mexico State)
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
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 (247Composite top 100), 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: Duane Washington, Justice Sueing, Zed Key, Seth Towns, Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens, Eugene Brown, Meechie Johnson, Jimmy Sotos, Abel Porter
NBA draft/professional route: EJ Liddell (testing), CJ Walker (agent)
In the portal: Ibrahima Diallo
Transferring out: Musa Jallow (to Charlotte)
Arriving: Jamari Wheeler (from Penn State), Malaki Branham (247Composite top 50), Kalen Etzler, Joey Brunk (from Indiana)
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.
Penn State (11-14 last season)
Projected to return: Sam Sessoms, Myles Dread, Abdou Tsimbila, Seth Lundy, John Harrar, Caleb Dorsey, Dallion Johnson, Kyle McCloskey
In the portal: DJ Gordon
Transferring out: Jamari Wheeler (to Ohio State), Myreon Jones (to Florida), Trent Buttrick (to UMass), Patrick Kelly (to Fordham), Izaiah Brockington (to Iowa State)
Arriving: Jalen Pickett (from Siena), Jaheam Cornwall (from Gardner-Webb), Jevonnie Scott
Notes: Micah Shrewsberry has work to do as he takes over in State College as several Nittany Lions have left the program via the transfer portal.
Purdue (18-10 last season)
Projected to return: Zach Edey, Jaden Ivey, Eric Hunter, Brandon Newman, Sasha Stefanovic, Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson, Ethan Morton
NBA draft/professional route: Trevion Williams (testing)
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: Assuming Williams is only testing the NBA draft process, 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: Caleb McConnell, Paul Mulcahy, Cliff Omoruyi, Jaden Jones, Dean Reiber, Mawot Mag, Oskar Palmquist
NBA draft/professional route: Ron Harper Jr. (testing), Geo Baker (testing)
In the portal: Jacob Young, Daniel Lobach
Transferring out: Mamadou Doucouré (to LaSalle), Montez Mathis (to St. John’s), Myles Johnson (to UCLA)
Arriving: Jalen Miller, Aundre Hyatt (from LSU)
Notes: There’s a lot left to be determined in Piscataway as Harper Jr. and Baker are testing the NBA draft and Young is in the transfer portal.
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
In the portal: 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.