DraftExpress recently updated its mock projection for the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft and a total of eight players from the Big Ten were fortunate enough to be listed. These players were (with draft position included): Michigan State's Denzel Valentine at #16, Maryland's Diamond Stone at #17, Michigan's Caris LeVert at #19, Maryland's Melo Trimble at #21, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes at #25, Indiana's Troy Williams at #31, Maryland's Jake Layman at #32, Purdue's AJ Hammons at #49.
Recently, Michigan State target Josh Jackson showed off his tremendous talent. He is rated as a 5-star by ESPN and the #3 prospect in the nation by the website.
An Illini team dealing with numerous injuries is now dealing with another setback as head coach John Groce has announced that power forward Leron Black is now out indefinitely. Black had been averaging 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game off the bench and will be missed as Illinois tries to deal with a thin frontcourt.
According to a school release, the Buckeyes received great news on Friday as freshman forward Mickey Mitchell was ruled eligible by the NCAA. He was rated as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports coming out of high school and was expected to make an impact early on, but was sidelined due to this eligibility issue during the first 10 games of the season. Look for him to potentially add depth on the wing, especially with the departure of Austin Grandstaff earlier this week.
According to a release from the school, Rutgers is expected to be without redshirt freshman center Ibrahima Diallo indefinitely. He recently suffered a fracture right foot in practice and has been forced to sit out. Diallo has played in all 10 games this season and is averaging 3.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.6 minutes-per-game. With Shaquille Doorson suffering an injury earlier this year as well, it's been a rough go for the Scarlet Knights upfront this season.
Austin Grandstaff, a four-star prospect that just started his freshman season in Columbus, announced earlier today that he was transferring from the program. While the news was sudden, he has already mentioned to ESPN that a list of programs, including Nebraska, have already reached out to him. Grandstaff was a relatively promising prospect that could be a viable option for a team in need of perimeter shooting, so it's not a huge surprise to see so many teams reach out. As of now, though, there hasn't been any indication as to where the Texas native will end up.
In unexpected news today, Ohio State freshman Austin Grandstaff announced that he will transfer from the program. Grandstaff was a four-star recruit and a part of Thad Matta's 2015 recruiting class. So far this season the freshman guard had averaged 4.4 points per game off the bench for the Buckeyes.
"I just feel like I need to do what is best for me...I just feel like this isn't the right fit for me," said Grandstaff.
Former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky has penned a thank you letter to his college head coach Bo Ryan, who recently retired this week.
The Hoosiers have extended an offer to class of 2018 guard Musa Jallow. The Bloomington native also holds offers from IUPUI and Toledo, while both Michigan and Purdue have shown interest in the 6'5" guard.
In a surprise, Wisconsin has announced that head coach Bo Ryan will retire immediately. Assistant Greg Gard will take over the coach heading forward. Last summer, Ryan indicating that he was planning to retire, but not specific timetable appeared to be in place. Ryan led Wisconsin to a record 364 wins, seven Big Ten championships and two Final Fours