The Buckeyes are attempting to overcome some very significant offseason losses this year including Big Ten Freshman of the Year D'Angelo Russell. As such, a lot of pressure is on incoming freshman guard JaQuan Lyle to make an early impact for the program. Unfortunately, Lyle has had to overcome some significant adversity in his path and he recently spoke about it with the Courier & Press, which is well worth a read.
The Scarlet Knights got great news over the weekend as 2016 prospect Kwe Parker has opted to commit to Rutgers. He comes out of Wade, North Carolina and is rated as the #4 player in the state and the #10 point guard in the class. Parker is listed at 6'2" and 172 lbs and was also considering Florida, Florida State, and Wake Forest as the other 3 schools in his Top 4. He is the first commit in Rutgers' 2016 class.
The Cornhuskers came from behind to win 71-65 yesterday, finishing their Spain exhibition trip with a 4-0 record. Shavon Shields led the team in scoring with 14 points while Tai Webster and Andrew White also added another 10 points. Nebraska's three point woes continued, though, hitting only 1 of their 12 attempts (8.3%).
Pitt guard Josh Newkirk has transferred to Indiana. The 6'1" guard averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 assists per game last year for the Panthers and will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 season.
Illinois forward Darius Paul has been dismissed from the program. The younger brother of Brandon Paul was recently suspended from the team after his arrest in France for public intoxication and vandalism. Paul missed last year due to a suspension stemming from an alcohol related charge and two failed drug tests. Paul was expected to be a key rotational player for an Illinois team that now has a relatively thin frontcourt.
CBSSports has been running a really cool series this summer where they speak to coaches off the record about some really interesting topics. Among this series, they asked coaches about who was the best offensive coach in the country and the coaches named Michigan's John Beilein as the country's best offensive mind. Thought the Wolverines had a down year last season, they have statistically put up monster offensive numbers during Beilein's tenure, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise, but speaks a lot to Beilein's excellent coaching ability. He received 16.9% of the vote. Wisconsin's Bo Ryan also was one of the highest voted coaches.
Per the Toronto Raptors' Twitter feed, former Ohio State guard Shannon Scott has officially signed a deal with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Reportedly, it is partially guaranteed. He played four seasons with the Buckeyes and in a total of 143 games. His best year was likely the 2014-15 season where he averaged 30.5 minutes, 8.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. The Raptors made the Playoffs last season and perhaps Scott can add a valuable depth piece to their team.
Recently, CBSSports released a list of their top small forward prospects for the 2016 NBA Draft. Among these list, four Big Ten players made the cut. Here are the Big Ten players that made the list by their ranking: Indiana's Troy Williams at #4, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes at #6, Illinois' Malcolm Hill at #9, and Purdue's Vince Edwards at #10. Maryland's Jake Layman was also listed. Here is the full list.
"A neutral site game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2016, will open the men's basketball series in an equally divided arena. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will later play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville as a home game for the Cardinals on Dec. 9, 2017, and the teams will match up again in Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018." In an exciting development, the Indiana Hoosiers and Louisville Cardinals will begin a regional rivalry that will hopefully continue over the years that follow the initial wrap-up in 2018. Stay tuned for a closer look at this series and how Indiana and Louisville stack up against each other for that first matchup in 2016.
In unfortunate news for the Scarlet Knights, 2016 prospect Quentin Jackson, Jr. has opted to commit to Charlotte over Rutgers and others. He comes out of Raleigh, North Carolina and is rated as the #11 player in North Carolina and as the #40 point guard in the class. Jackson is listed at 6'4" and 195 lbs and his Top 5 before committing was Charlotte, Cincinnati, LeHigh, Providence, and Rutgers.