Jay Bilas Sees A.J. Hammons Going Late First Round/Early Second

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Happy NBA Draft Day! We conclude our series of NBA Draftniks assessing the draft stock of A.J. Hammons with the one and only Jay Bilas. In case you missed it, here’s links to the insight and analysis from Fran Fraschilla and more from Chad Ford who compared him to DeMarcus Cousins. Bilas was on a media call yesterday, and here’s what he had to say about where the former Purdue Boilermakers big man might end up.

Transcript via ESPN Media Zone. 

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A.J. Hammons Draws DeMarcus Cousins comparisons from Chad Ford

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Is former Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons the biggest wild card in this year’s NBA Draft? Well, he’s right up there, according to ESPN NBA Draftnik Chad Ford, who answered media questions during today’s NBA Draft media call.

According to Ford, most NBA teams are enticed by A.J. Hammons, but also scared of selecting him too. All the questions that surrounded Hammons during his four years at Purdue, about maturity, attitude and work ethic, have now carried over to the pre-draft and evaluative process. 

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Purdue Football: Preseason Publications Rather Fatalistic

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We’re speeding towards the start of college football talking season/preseason, so you might be asking yourself “what are the expectations for Purdue football in 2016? Well as Meredith said in The Talented Mr. Ripley, “You should always save pain for daylight.” So if you’re a Purdue football fan, hopefully you’re reading this while the sun is still up.

You know those college football preseason preview magazines? They’re filled with brutal words about Purdue’s upcoming season, as both Lindy’s and Athlon picked the Boilermakers to finish dead last in the Big Ten West.

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Purdue Grad, Canada D Lauren Sesselmann Has New Project

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Purdue graduate and Canadian National Team Defender Lauren Sesselmann was “a favorite” of “the internet” last summer during the Women’s World Cup. You probably know what I mean by “the internet,” it’s just people doing some Googling ogling through the image search function.

The page view analytics bare this out- it’s not just guys who spend time online searching photos of women. It’s females too, and in a much higher percentage than you would expect. Hey, when you’re a bikini model, you’re SEO gold, every year, during all news cycles. The 32-year-old Green Bay, Wisconsin native, who also has Canadian citizenship, obviously, was indeed clickbait last summer but will not be again come August when the Rio Olympics start.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla

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The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Best of Purdue Boilermakers Post Victory Locker Room Reaction

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The Purdue Boilermakers enjoyed a very comfortable 76-59 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over the Michigan Wolverines today, largely on the strength of domination inside. The big boys were very impressive, and they’ll need to repeat that effort tomorrow in order to win their enchanting tourney championship match-up with Michigan State.

Here’s the best of what the Purdue Boilermakers had to say in the locker room postgame.

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Purdue Boilermakers Integrating 3-Ball Better Into their Offense

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The Purdue Boilermakers are very well known for their formidable interior presence. They’re like this year’s Kentucky; a college team who much larger than many NBA teams. West Lafayette, Indiana does not have a skyline; that is except for A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan.

Everyone talks about the Purdue bigs, but not many talk about the Purdue littles as much. Or they don’t talk about the three-point game a ton.

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Purdue Basketball: an Extremely Schizophrenic Team

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Purdue Basketball was nationally a top ten trending term on Twitter following a thrilling 83-79 home win over #9 Maryland. On “Blackout day” Mackey Arena was rocking for 40 minutes with an overflow crowd of 14,486 mostly dressed in all black.

They witnessed their home team playing like a Final 4 Four qualifier, a CBI entry and a NIT participant all within the same five to ten minute stretches. In the same half, you can see multiple Purdue teams several times. On the season, their body of work is befitting a #4 or #5 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament (as we’ve detailed here)

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#19 Purdue Basketball vs #9 Maryland: Preview, Prediction

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#19 Purdue basketball heads into a Saturday matinee big enough that it feels like a football game. Think Saturday afternoon, 50ish degrees, small town Indiana, a clash of two top 20 teams- it’s almost like Notre Dame taking on USC…well, that’s a stretch, but you get the idea.

Yes, Purdue basketball is a zillion times more relevant than Purdue football, so the analogy loses some credence there, but it’s a definite “circle the date on the calendar” kind of affair vs Maryland in West Lafayette.

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Big Ten Basketball Scheduling is Broken: here’s the Fix

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Look what you’ve done Big Ten basketball. Tonight brings us the first edition of this…..with another edition ten days later and a possible third, just six days after. Think about what you’ve done Big Ten basketball schedule makers.

Rutgers (6-21, 0-14 in Big Ten play) versus Minnesota basketball (7-19, 1-13) is about as horrid as the game that began with a peach basket can get. It’s a contest of teams that have combined to go 13-40 overall, 1-25 in Big Ten play.

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