Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away. The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well.Follow paulmbanks
Illini football coach Tim Beckman has not accomplished much in Champaign. That is not news. His 45-17 drubbing of Cincinnati was nice though, as the Bearcats were a really good team that went on to play in their conference championship. That game was Becks’ lone signature win in two years. Landing A.D. Miller would be his recruiting equivalent of that.
The 6’4″ wide receiver is the eleventh commit in the 2015 class, and he choose the Illini football program over Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Brigham Young, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and a bunch more.Follow paulmbanks
Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class. Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
The 2013 Michigan Wolverines accomplished a pretty amazing feat. All five starters from the unit that lost to Louisville in the 2013 National Title game has now been drafted. It’s pretty rare for a non Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team to see every single one of its starters get drafted by the NBA. It happens at Duke and North Carolina too.
Of course, it happens at Kentucky every season. Here are more details.Follow paulmbanks
HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.
So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft. UPDATED: 6:00 PM CSTFollow paulmbanks
Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
Ah NBA Draft night, when league commissioner David Stern introduces men tall enough to set drinks on his head to a nation of college basketball and Association fans.
It’s also the night that the formal dress code gets thrown out the window. Fashion week, it is not. Get ready for more futuristic, throw backs to the past, and just plain old UGLY threads to grace the stage on Thursday night.Follow paulmbanks
Michigan star Nik Stauskas went from totally obscure to Big Ten Player of the Year and lottery lock in just one year. It looks like the former Wolverines star with the scorching hot girlfriend that the internet is creepily obsessed with (but hey, we have a couple gratuitous pics of Taylor Anderson here for you in this post….you knew we would) could end up in the top ten on NBA Draft night.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/3/14Follow paulmbanks
Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings. Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft. Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster. (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)
Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings. (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)Follow paulmbanks
The deadline has passed for college basketball players to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.
Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.
UPDATED: 4/28/14Follow paulmbanks
Former Michigan Offensive Tackle Taylor Lewan may end up as the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft. Which is shocking when you consider: 1.) how terrible the Michigan offensive line was, and how bad the offense was in general, 2.) the overall reputation of Big Ten football right now and 3.) Taylor Lewan’s peripheral connection to the Brendan Gibbons rape case. And the assault charges filed by Ohio Sate fans against him.
However, all of these Taylor Lewan drawbacks can be explained away.Follow paulmbanks