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CBS Sports Ranks Big Ten’s Best NBA Draft Prospects

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Take a look at the Big Ten players who have the best chance of playing at the next level.

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Big Ten basketball is only a few weeks away and the conference again projects to be one of the best in the country this season.

The conference projects to be this strong due in large part to the healthy mix of talent and experience that exists throughout the league. CBS Sports recently did a top-11 breakdown of the Big Ten players most likely to be drafted. Let’s take a look at their list.

-1. Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

  • Position: Power forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-5, 185 pounds
  • Draft projection: Lottery
  • CBS Sports comment: “After leading the Illini in points and assists as a freshman, Dosunmu could have snuck into the back end of the 2019 first round. Instead, he chose to not only stay in school -- but also to forgo declaring for the draft altogether. He’s got great scoring instincts and really good size to become a prototypical modern-day NBA point guard.”

-2. Jalen Smith, Maryland

  • Position: Power forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-10, 215 pounds
  • Draft projection: First round
  • CBS Sports comment: “With [Bruno] Fernando out the door, Smith should be the anchor down low for a Maryland team primed to start the season as a legitimate title contender. He’s a long, fluid athlete with good shot-blocking instincts and a frame custom-fit to fill a role of versatile big man.”

-3. Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

  • Position: Power forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-8, 245 pounds
  • Draft projection: First round
  • CBS Sports comment: “Get used to hearing this name during the season. He’s a solid rim-protector with a good motor that translates to production on both ends of the floor. His late-season breakout peaked in the NCAA Tournament when the Spartans upended No. 1 seed Duke and he scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. With Nick Ward and Kenny Goins gone, he’ll be the featured big on the preseason No. 1 team in college basketball.”

-4. Cassius Winston, Michigan State

  • Position: Point guard
  • Measurables: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round
  • CBS Sports comment: “Don’t be fooled by his figure. Winston’s smarts and shooting has NBA player written all over him. If Raymond Felton can still find a role on NBA teams in 2019, Winston should be able to carve himself out a nice NBA career.”

-5. Lamar Stevens, Penn State

  • Position: Small forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-8, 230 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round
  • CBS Sports comment: “A 6-foot-8 hybrid forward, he has a built-out, bulked-up frame that will be ready to contribute from Day 1 as an NBA player -- the type of career arc that suggests he could be a second round steal. His size and competitive streak should allow for him to be a multi-positional defender in the NBA.”

-6. Aaron Wiggins, Maryland

  • Position: Small forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-6, 200 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: “When you’ve got a 6-foot-6 frame, shoot 41.3 percent from 3-point range as a freshman and have as pure a stroke as Wiggins has, the NBA will put you on the radar. Now let’s see what he can do in a bigger role. He played 23.5 minutes per game last season for the Terps but could be the X-factor for them this season.”

-7. Matt Haarms, Purdue

  • Position: Center
  • Measurables: 7-foot-3, 250 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: “He led the Big Ten in block rate last season at 13.6 percent, this coming a year removed from finishing No. 6 in the country in that same category. He’s here to swat shots and razz the crowd, and he’ll make no excuse for it. That Haarms played nearly as many minutes as Aaron Wheeler and Trevion Williams -- two legitimate NBA big men prospects in their own right -- combined, says all you need to know about Haarms’ potential.”

-8. Aaron Henry, Michigan State

  • Position: Small forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-6, 210 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: “He might get lost in MSU’s success this season between Winston and Tillman because his numbers may not be as big, but he’s got as much NBA potential as any player on the Spartans’ current roster.”

-9. Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

  • Position: Power forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-9, 270 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: Wesson’s got a throwback style of play that may not translate to the same NBA production as it has in college, but he’s made improvements in his game every season and has added a respectable 3-point shot to his arsenal that makes him a worthy prospect to plop on the radar.”

-10. Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

  • Position: Small forward
  • Measurables: 6-foot-6, 205 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: “His size, scoring and snap-quick release bode well for him to find a role in the NBA down the road.”

-11. Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

  • Position: Point guard
  • Measurables: 6-foot, 170 pounds
  • Draft projection: Second round/undrafted
  • CBS Sports comment: “There’s not one definitive trait Cowan Jr. possesses that suggests he’ll be an NBA star one day. There’s also not one definitive weakness in his game.”