Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Nigel Hayes will return to Wisconsin for senior season

    Wisconsin State Journal "Nigel Hayes has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA draft entry pool and will return for his senior season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Hayes, a 6-foot-7 forward who declared for the draft last month but didn’t sign with an agent, broke the news to the State Journal..." May 25

  • 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

  • Illinois dismisses Kendrick Nunn from basketball team

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois dismissed guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team on Tuesday following his guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a domestic violence arrest. “We have not reached this decision easily,” athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We care..." May 24

  • Purdue's Edwards withdraws from NBA draft

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "At least two-thirds of Purdue's potentially formidable frontcourt will return next season. Purdue announced today that Vincent Edwards has withdrawn from the NBA Draft to return for his junior season. It still awaits word on whether power forward Caleb Swanigan will do the same. The deadline..." May 24

  • Snoop Dogg: 'I wish I could've played for Coach Izzo'

    Michigan Live "Rapper Snoop Dogg is a diehard USC fan but has no hate in his heart for Michigan State University. "I love the S on the Spartans uniform because it represents Snoop Dogg," he laughed. Uplifting the Flint community during the water crisis was his main concern at Saturday's "Hoop 4 Water"..." May 23

  • Peter Jok withdraws from NBA draft, will return to Iowa

    Hawk Central "Peter Jok will return to the Iowa basketball team for his senior season rather than turn pro, he told The Des Moines Register on Friday. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard made the final decision after consulting with members of his inner circle, which included coach Fran McCaffery. Like more than..." May 21

  • Illinois' Jaylon Tate has domestic-battery charge dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor domestic-battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate on Thursday after the state attorney's office decided it did not have enough evidence to convict him. Tate was arrested March 12 on suspicion of hitting a woman and pleaded not guilty. He..." May 20

  • Illinois reinstates Jaylon Tate after domestic battery case dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois reinstated guard Jaylon Tate to the basketball team Friday, one day after prosecutors dropped a domestic-battery charge against him. No decision has been reached on guard Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery earlier this week in Champaign, stemming from an arrest in..." May 20

  • Rutgers pays $300K to former Mike Rice player Derrick Randall

    Asbury Park Press "Rutgers University has settled a lawsuit with former men’s basketball player Derrick Randall for $300,000. Randall filed the suit in 2013, eight months after the university fired basketball coach Mike Rice’s for mistreating his players. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward, who has learning..." May 19

  • Illini forward Mike Thorne granted sixth season

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois forward Mike Thorne Jr., earned a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA when his medical hardship waiver was granted by the NCAA on Wednesday. Thorne, who transferred to Illinois from Charlotte, played in only eight games last season, his first with the Illini. He averaged 12.9..." May 19

  • Huskers land Miami transfer guard James Palmer

    CSN Chicago "Tim Miles announced the addition of a transfer from the ACC on Tuesday. James Palmer, a guard from Maryland who spent the past two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, will join the Nebraska basketball program. "I am excited to add James to our program," Miles said in the announcement. "He has..." May 18

  • Prosecution hints of 2nd victim in Mateen Cleaves sexual assault case

    Detroit Free Press "The prosecution dropped a bombshell during a hearing in the sexual assault case against former basketball star Mateen Cleaves today: There may be another person willing to come forward. Genesee County Special Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said during a court hearing that her office received..." May 17

  • Maryland's Trimble leaning toward staying in NBA draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After participating in the NBA Draft Combine this past week and with workouts for five NBA teams still to go, Maryland guard Melo Trimble is still "leaning towards" forgoing his final two years of college eligibility and remaining in the draft, he told CSN's Chris Miller in Chicago. "I can't..." May 16

  • Michigan State transfer Javon Bess reportedly commits to Akron

    Michigan Live "Javon Bess is heading back to his home state. The former Michigan State guard has committed to play for Akron, according to a Sunday report from CBS. He chose Akron over his other finalist, St. Louis, according to previous reports. Per NCAA transfer rules, Bess will now have to sit out one..." May 15

  • Former Ohio State center Daniel Giddens joining Alabama

    Eleven Warriors "The second of three post-season transfers from the Ohio State men's basketball program has found a new home. Center Daniel Giddens will transfer to Alabama. The former four-star recruit made the announcement Sunday via his Twitter account." May 15

  • Maryland’s Melo Trimble says he’s ‘50-50’ on staying in NBA draft

    Washington Post "Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble said Friday at the NBA draft combine that he is still “50-50″ on whether to stay in the NBA draft or return for his junior season, adding that he won’t make his decision until May 25. “I don’t know yet. It’s 50-50 right now. I’m just going through the process..." May 14

  • Pitino far exceeded budget for private jet travel, University of Minnesota audit finds

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota — doubling his budget in his first season, and tripling it his second season — according to an internal university audit obtained Tuesday by the Star..." May 11

  • Penn State basketball gains transfer in Virginia Tech 7-footer Satchel Pierce

    The Patriot News "They used to call guys like Satchel Pierce "aircraft carriers." You actually don't see them as much anymore, the massive 7-footer with the big frame. And certainly Penn State had very rarely had a player of his size until Jordan Dickerson. But they have another now. With Dickerson graduated,..." May 07

  • Illinois suspends Leron Black 6 games after pleading guilty to assault

    The Score "Illinois forward Leron Black has been suspended for the first six games of the 2016-17 regular season, the team announced in a release. " May 06

  • Don't vilify John Beilein for doing his best to prevent Spike Albrecht's Purdue transfer

    Sporting News - NCAAB "John Beilein does not make for much of a villain. If it were legal to describe a Division I basketball coach as “kind” or “gentle”, such adjectives might fit his personality. So when he endorses an unpopular position in the college sports world, it ought to be a little bit more difficult to..." May 04

  • Top Ohio State Target Markell Johnson Announces he Will Reclassify to 2016 Class

    Eleven Warriors "There has been a cloud of mystery surrounding the recruitment of four-star point guard Markell Johnson for some time now. Nobody really seemed to have a solid gage on where he'd be attending school or even what class he'd be in: 2016 or 2017? One part of that picture gained some clarity Monday..." May 03

  • Spike Albrecht Announces Transfer to Purdue

    Bleacher Report "During his time in Ann Arbor, the Crown Point, Indiana, native averaged 3.9 points and two assists per game. He decided to end his career in December when a nagging hip injury forced him to step away from the sport after just nine games in 2015, but shortly thereafter his father hinted he may..." May 03

  • Miami Basketball Guard James Palmer to Transfer to Nebraska

    Corn Nation "Tim Miles pulls in another transfer in James Palmer. The University of Miami guard will sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility left when he starts play in 2017. Palmer was a four start recruit and a Rivals top 100 player coming out of St. Johns College High School in..." May 03

  • Wolverines' Kameron Chatman decides to transfer

    Detroit Free Press "When asked Monday whether he expected any more departures from his roster, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein hesitated. Now it might be clear why. Sophomore Kameron Chatman, who hit the key three-pointer to upset Indiana in the Big Ten tournament and, in essence, send U-M to the NCAA..." May 03