Rutgers' Corey Sanders has been named as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for week 13 of the season. Last week, Rutgers actually lost both of its games, but Sanders performed remarkably, even with the defeats. During the two losses, Sanders averaged 33.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. This is the second time Sanders has won this award and he's the only Rutgers player to have won any Big Ten weekly awards this season.
The Big Ten has a total of six teams currently in the NCAA Tournament according to ESPN's latest bracketology. They are (listed by seed): No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Indiana, and No. 9 Michigan. Additionally, Wisconsin was listed as one of the first four teams out of the field. Last season, the Big Ten sent a nation's best seven teams to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. With several of these teams matching up this weekend, expect these to change shortly.
Te'Jon Lucas, a three-star point guard commit for the Illini's 2016 recruiting class, recently fractured his right foot in two places. The injury should be healed long before he arrives to Champaign, but it is interesting that the injury bug currently effecting the Illini has apparently also spread to their recruits. Lucas was a major get for John Groce as the head coach had missed on a laundry list of point guards before landing Lucas.
The 2016 NBA All-Star weekend is coming up soon and the Big Ten was fortunate enough to send one of its young stars to compete. Former Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell made the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, which features some of the top young players in the game. This season, Russell is averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
According to a report from Corey Evans, the Terps recently received a visit from 2017 prospect DJ Harvey. He comes out of Hyattsville, Maryland and is rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the class and as the No. 1 player in the state of Maryland. Harvey is listed at 6'6" and 185 lbs and is also receiving major interest from Arizona, Duke, Louisville, NC State, and Notre Dame among others. Maryland curently has no commitments in its 2017 recruiting class.
CBSSports recently posted its big board of top prospects for the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft and the Big Ten was well represented. In total, 17 players made the cut. These players were (ranking included): #17 Denzel Valentine, #19 Caris LeVert, #21 Thomas Bryant, #23 Diamond Stone, #27 Melo Trimble, #32 Deyonta Davis, #33 Nigel Hayes, #34 Jarrod Uthoff, #35 AJ Hammons, #51 Troy Williams, #52 Jake Layman, #66 Yogi Ferrell, #69 Malcolm Hill, #86 Keita Bates-Diop, #100 Robert Carter, #101 Vince Edwards, and #113 Isaac Haas.
The Big Ten has a total of six teams currently in the NCAA Tournament according to Fox Sports' latest bracketology. They are (listed by seed): No. 1 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Purdue, No. 7 Indiana, and No. 9 Michigan. Last season, the Big Ten sent a nation's best seven teams to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. With several of these teams matching up this weekend, expect these to change shortly.
Purdue center A.J. Hammons was named as one of ten finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award. The award goes to the nation's top center and it's easy to see why the Boilermakers big man is a finalist. So far this season Hammons has averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in only around 23 minutes a night.
According to a report from Corey Evans, the Buckeyes have put out an offer to 2017 prospect Markell Johnson. He comes out of Cleveland, Ohio and is rated as the No. 19 point guard in the class and as the No. 2 player in the state of Ohio by 247Sports. Johnson is listed at 6'0" and 160 lbs and also has interest from Cleveland State and Louisville among others. Ohio State currently has one commitment in its 2017 class.
Nebraska posted on Twitter their throwback jerseys they'll be wearing as a tribute to Black History Month. The jerseys will be honoring Wilbur Wood, the first Cornhuskers hoops player all the way back in 1908.