Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • Iowa forward Dale Jones gets sixth year of eligibility

    Hawk Central "Iowa forward Dale Jones has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, meaning he can play two more seasons for the Hawkeyes, men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced in a news release Thursday. Jones (6-foot-7, 227 pounds) suffered a second ACL injury to his right knee in..." July 21

  • Purdue, Painter agree to contract extension

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "Purdue coach Matt Painter confirmed Sunday that he has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. Painter, via text message, said the deal may not be finalized until later this summer. Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke could not immediately be reached for..." July 19

  • Purdue's Smotherman suspended for season opener

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "Purdue men's basketball announced Wednesday night that it has suspended junior forward Basil Smotherman for the season opener against McNeese State for a violation of team rules. Smotherman is also suspended for the closed scrimmage against West Virginia and the exhibition game against Southern..." July 15

  • Thad Matta says Ohio State basketball transfers 'got rid of problems'

    The Comeback "Ohio State is known as a football school, but men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has built a perennial contender in Columbus. Last season, however, the Buckeyes took a step back with 21-14 record and a second-round NIT exit. Things went from bad to worse as an exodus of highly touted freshmen then..." July 15

  • Jeremiah Tilmon, No. 29 in ESPN 100, picks Illinois

    ESPN "Top-30 prospect Jeremiah Tilmon has committed to Illinois, he told ESPN on Monday. Tilmon chose the Fighting Illini over a final list of Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas and Missouri. "I feel that I trust them and that's where my heart is telling me to be," Tilmon said. "I feel..." July 11

  • Juan Dixon is no longer an assistant to Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon

    Washington Post "Juan Dixon is no longer a special assistant to Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Dixon, a Baltimore native who led Maryland to its only national championship in 2002, met with Turgeon on Tuesday. Dixon, 37, had a served as a special assistant..." July 07

  • Bobby Knight to speak for Trump at Republican National Convention

    College Spun "Legendary former Indiana coach Bobby Knight campaigned with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Indianapolis back in April, and has endorsed the businessman, calling him the “most prepared presidential candidate of all time.”" July 07

  • Shaq wants son to play at Kentucky, Michigan State, or LSU

    ESPN "If it's up to Shaquille O'Neal, his son will play college basketball for LSU's Johnny Jones, Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari. During his weekly podcast, O'Neal said he wants Shareef O'Neal (ranked 51st in the 2018 class per RecruitingNation) to play for coaches who can..." June 29

  • Nebraska's Andrew White III requests release, intends to transfer

    SI "Nebraska’s Andrew White III has requested his release from the school and intends to transfer, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports. White, who finished up his junior year this spring, will graduate before transferring, meaning he will be eligible to play next season. The 6'7" guard declared..." June 26

  • Izzo: Deyonta Davis' draft slide 'a cautionary tale' for freshmen

    The Score "Deyonta Davis found out the hard way that there's nothing wrong with staying in school. The former Michigan State forward was thought to possess enough talent to sneak comfortably into the first round of the NBA draft, despite spending just one underwhelming season in East Lansing. That turned..." June 24

  • Ex-Illinois player who pleaded guilty in domestic violence case finds new school

    CBS Sports "Former Illinois standout Kendrick Nunn has accepted an offer to enroll at Oakland and play his final season of college basketball at the Horizon League school, Nunn's father, Melvin Nunn, told CBS Sports on Wednesday. Nunn averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for Illinois last season. But the..." June 23

  • Former Gophers forward Charles Buggs transfers to USC

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Gophers forward Charles Buggs found a new home with Southern California, CBSSports.com reported Thursday. Buggs, a 6-foot-9 senior, averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds as a junior last season. He left Minnesota to pursue more playing time and a graduate degree. The Arlington, Texas,..." June 23

  • Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews chooses Michigan over Xavier

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports have Charles Matthews -- a four-star shooting guard in the class of 2015 -- leaving Kentucky to play for John Beilein at Michigan. Matthews wasn't a factor for UK last year; he put up 1.7 points and 1.6 boards per game during his freshman campaign. Could he have seen more..." June 22

  • Tom Izzo On If Former Michigan State Star Draymond Green Is A “Dirty” Player

    College Spun "Draymond Green, with his NBA Finals suspension and groin-hitting tactics, has become the storyline of the NBA Playoffs. Golden State fans love him and the rest of the league seems to be starting to dislike him. Outside of his family, no one knows the Warriors’ star forward better than Tom..." June 14

  • Austin Grandstaff leaves Oklahoma for DePaul

    Eleven Warriors "Austin Grandstaff's basketball journey has taken him from Texas to Ohio to Oklahoma, and his next stop will be in Illinois. The Ohio State transfer, who transferred from Oklahoma without logging a minute, is headed to DePaul. " June 13

  • Illinois' Abrams granted medical hardship waiver

    SI "Illinois guard Tracy Abrams has been granted a medical hardship waiver and sixth year of eligibility, the program announced Thursday. Abrams has missed the last two seasons, 2014-15 with a knee injury and 2015-16 with a torn Achilles. A team captain, he averaged 10.3 points per game in 2013-14..." June 10

  • Former Wolverine Kameron Chatman heading to Detroit Mercy to play for Bacari Alexander

    Michigan Live "Kameron Chatman isn't going far. Following two seasons at Michigan, Chatman will spend play his final two years of college basketball for former U-M assistant Bacari Alexander at Detroit Mercy. Chatman's father, Canaan Chatman, confirmed the transfer on Wednesday morning to MLive. It was..." June 08

  • Michigan State transfer Bess spurns Akron for Saint Louis

    Michigan Live "Javon Bess may have finally found his new home. The Michigan State transfer has committed to St. Louis, according to a Thursday report from CBS Sports. After playing two seasons with the Spartans, Bess will now sit out one season and have two years of eligibility remaining for the Atlantic..." June 02

  • Shaq's son Shareef O'Neal has favorite colleges picked out

    Sporting News "Shaquille O'Neal's son will likely follow in his father's footsteps, but don't expect him to go to his alma mater, LSU. Shareef O'Neal, a four-star power forward in the 2018 recruiting class, told his father he was interested in Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State, Shaq said on his podcast..." June 02

  • Ben Carter officially joins MSU basketball team

    Detroit News "Ben Carter is officially a member of the Michigan State basketball team. The graduate transfer from UNLV announced early in May that he intended to play his final season of eligibility at Michigan State and the school confirmed on Tuesday the 6-foot-9 forward will join the program for the..." June 01

  • Maryland lands 6-foot-9 forward from Canary Islands

    College Basketball Talk "Less than a week after landing a commitment from one of the top available forwards in the Class of 2016 in combo Justin Jackson, Maryland added another piece to that class Tuesday afternoon. 6-foot-9 forward Joshua Tomaic, who attends the Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) on the Canary Islands,..." June 01

  • Ex-Ohio State guard A.J. Harris transferring to New Mexico Sate

    Eleven Warriors "Friday night, former Ohio State guard A.J. Harris announced via his Twitter feed that he will be transferring to New Mexico State. " May 28

  • Purdue coach Matt Painter against 5th-year graduate transfer rule

    ESPN "Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball coach Matt Painter is not in favor of the fifth-year graduate transfer rule, even though he is benefiting from it in getting Michigan transfer Spike Albrecht. Painter, who was on Thursday's ESPNU College Basketball podcast, said players haven't used the rule..." May 27

  • Deyonta Davis plays like an NBA rim protector. Now he has to talk to like one

    SB Nation "A hoard of reporters leaned in with their microphones as Deyonta Davis slouched into his seat at the NBA Draft Combine. Questions were asked and Davis answered with a faint voice. Three minutes into the interview one reporter said, "It's like you need a microphone in front of you for us to hear..." May 27

  • Maryland's Melo Trimble returning to school

    College Spun "Melo Trimble is coming back to school for his junior season. It was announced Wednesday night that the Maryland star point guard is taking his name out of the NBA Draft and returning for the 2016-17 season. Trimble had declared for the 2016 NBA Draft but didn’t hire an agent, meaning he..." May 26

  • Four-star forward Justin Jackson commits to Maryland basketball

    Washington Post "In the wake of Wednesday night’s news that point guard Melo Trimble is returning for his junior season, Maryland added another crucial piece to its roster Thursday, picking up an oral commitment from former UNLV pledge Justin Jackson. Jackson, a four-star prospect who is considered one of the..." May 26

  • Andrew White III Foregoes 2016 NBA Draft and Returns to the Nebraska Cornhuskers

    BT Powerhouse "After three workouts with three teams in three days, Andrew White III headed back to Nebraska on Saturday with a decision to make: stay in the NBA Draft and forgo his redshirt senior season, or return to Nebraska for his final year. White worked out with the Detroit Pistons on May 19th, then..." May 26

  • Blackmon has submitted paperwork to withdraw from draft

    Rivals "An NBA source tells Peegs.com that the paperwork for James Blackmon Jr. to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to Indiana has been submitted. The 6-foot-3 guard will be a junior this season. Blackmon, who had ACL surgery in January, was Indiana’s second-leading scorer before his..." May 25

  • Report: Indiana junior Troy Williams staying in NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "An Indiana player – Thomas Bryant – who likely would’ve been a first-round pick didn’t even declare for the draft without an agent. Another Indiana player – Troy Williams – who might not even get picked will stay in the draft. Williams, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is an excellent athlete. He’s..." May 25

  • Caleb Swanigan returning to Purdue

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "For at least one more season, Purdue will play a big brand of basketball in its frontcourt. Caleb Swanigan has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue for his sophomore season. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward and other underclassmen who had declared for the draft faced an..." May 25