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June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Four Big Ten players were selected in the 2012 NBA Draft last week. The latest news on those players is below in the latest edition of Big Ten links.

Meyers Leonard drafted 11th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers -

Meyers Leonard hits Portland's airwaves
Portland's #11 draft pick Meyers Leonard joined the BFT to talk life and basketball.

Canzano: The expert on Trail Blazers draft pick Meyers Leonard carries a rifle |
So who is Meyers Leonard, really? The world's foremost expert on the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft is a U.S. Marine and "Rifle Expert" who did two tours in Afghanistan.

Meyers Leonard fills big need for Blazers - Chicago Sun-Times
he Portland Trail Blazers didn’t pull any early surprises in the NBA draft, filling needs with guard Damian Lillard and center Meyers Leonard. The Blazers took Lillard out of Weber State with the sixth pick before selecting the 7-foot-1 Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th on Thursday night.

Meyers Leonard had a tougher life than we thought | CollegeBasketballTalk
Meyers Leonard had a bit of a breakout season as a sophomore. He increased his production to averages of 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds from 2.1 points and 1.2 boards as a freshman.

Leonard addresses maturity questions - Chicago Colleges Blog - ESPN Chicago
Meyers Leonard focused on nailing the NBA draft interview process.

Jared Sullinger drafted 21st overall by the Boston Celtics-

Jared Sullinger will ignore his doubters -
From his bad back and plodding game to his draft night slide down the board to the Celtics, Jared Sullinger has heard a lot lately about what’s wrong. Generally, though, the 6-foot-9 power forward just lowers his shoulder into this kind of doubt. He’s one of the greatest high school...

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jared Sullinger on Doubts Regarding His Back Injury: "Medical school is over. I’m just ready to play."
Sports Radio Interviews is a streaming independent sports blog which provides analysis on breaking sports news, upcoming games, and sporting events from a sports radio perspective. Sports Radio gets in depth interviews with athletes, coaches, general managers, columnists and beat writers like no other medium.

Jared Sullinger stayed home on NBA draft day - ESPN
In the span of 10 days, Jared Sullinger went from knowing that he was going to be a lottery pick to not being invited to the NBA Draft.

Celtics aren’t backing off Jared Sullinger -
Jared Sullinger made a strong first impression on Doc Rivers and it hasn’t changed. Rivers first saw Sullinger, who was one of the top high-school recruits in the class of 2010, dominate an AAU game against his son Austin’s team four years ago. Sullinger then went on to earn All-American... - Blogs: Celtics Insider" Blog Archive " Jared Sullinger’s father says back issues were overblown by media

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Draymond Green drafted 35th overall by the Golden State Warriors-

Draymond Green, other new Warriors have something to prove | Lansing State Journal |
One has been an entrepreneur since he handed out business cards for his lawn-mowing service in the fifth grade. Another was born in Nigeria and didn't play basketball until he was 14.

Michigan State's Draymond Green soothed by Detroit Pistons' Joe Dumars, then ran out of time |

Dumars tried to make sure Green knew his draft position wasn't far away, then was amused that the player cut short the congratulatory phone call.

Draymond Green's first year in NBA should be interesting | Battle Creek Enquirer |

Here's a little bit of advice for colleagues in the Bay Area who report on the Golden State Warriors: Talk to Draymond Green.

Michigan State's Draymond Green: I could easily 'jell' with Warriors | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |

Draymond Green didn't take long to get over whatever disappointment he felt after falling to the second round of NBA draft Thursday night. The former Michigan State captain was taken by Golden State with the 35th pick.

Warriors' rookies are performers with potential - SFGate

The Warriors' top three draft picks went through all of the pomp and circumstance of being introduced to the Bay Area media Monday, and then things got real.

Robbie Hummel drafted 58th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves-

Timberwolves draft pick Robbie Hummel: 'I feel I'm back to normal' -
By Ray Richardson The phone call, any phone call, came at the right time late Thursday night, June 28, for former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel

Late-night pick calmed Robbie Hummel's nerves | Journal and Courier |
Hummel had been told by agent Mark Bartelstein that Utah would likely take him if he were still on the board when the Jazz made the draft's 47th pick. When the Jazz passed, Hummel winced. At that point, one of the most popular players in Boilermaker history was worried. Really worried.

Robbie Hummel happy to be taken by Minnesota, where he has roots from childhood - The Washington Post

MINNEAPOLIS — If Robbie Hummel is looking for a comfortable setting to continue his comeback from two major knee injuries, it would be hard for him to pick a better place than Minnesota.

Purdue’s Robbie Hummel gets a shot with Timberwolves - Chicago Sun-Times

MINNEAPOLIS — As Robbie Hummel crisscrossed the country working out for NBA teams leading up to the draft, all he was looking for was a chance. After being unable to pull off any trades to get up into the first round, the Minnesota Timberwolves were

Just Glad To Be Drafted - Robbie Hummel Is Home - Dunking with Wolves - A Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With the 2012 NBA Draft slowly coming into as the Timberwolves were getting prepared to select their 58th pick the Purdue forward Robbie Hummel was get