It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson often drafts players from brand name programs who stayed in school at least three years.
E’Twaun Moore fits that mold, as he’s the Purdue Boilermakers’ all time leader in minutes played, games started and games won. This fall, Moore will gets his chance to make the Bulls roster. It comes as a free agent signee with three years experience instead of as a draft pick just of college.Follow paulmbanks
As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season.
So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.Follow paulmbanks
Purdue Junior Guard Raphael Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of last season; establishing him as the leader of this very young Boilermakers team. Now that the Johnson brothers are both gone, Davis assumes even more of a leadership role. He won’t be expected to run the offense, but he can bring it up and run the half court set if needs be.
Raphael Davis is actually much better of the dribble as an aggressive, versatile slasher. But he’s certainly not a perimeter threat (27% last season).Follow paulmbanks
As frustratingly inconsistent as A.J. Hammons has been, he’ll probably get drafted in June. Likely in the first round, perhaps late lottery. Sports Illustrated claims that 17% of the population which is 7 feet or taller play in the NBA. Hammons is 7’0 and he’ll be the focal point of the Purdue offense this year.
Matt Painter will run his system from the inside-out as Purdue opponents will play the “Hack-a- A.J. Hammonds ” defense on the Baby Boilers all year. Now with the arrival of 7″2″ freshman Isaac Haas, Hammons has a true sparring partner to push him in practice.Follow paulmbanks
Here’s where the very resistible force meets the quite easily moved object.
Purdue has an offense that would be horrendous by mid-major standards. However, now they face a defense that can’t stop a nose bleed (CC Bart Scott).
We will not be held liable for any mental and physical harm you incur from watching this. The fact that it’s even televised in the first place is frightening enough.
It’s Purdue versus Illinois. Because….someone has to win.Follow paulmbanks
E’Twaun Moore grew up a Chicago Bulls fan.
Today he joined the team.
The 6-4, 191 pound guard hails from East Chicago, Indiana, so this is literally “living the dream.” Moore worked out at the Berto Center (the Bulls’ practice facility in Deerfield, IL) right before the NBA Draft, and The Sports Bank asked him then what kind of feedback the Bulls gave him.
“Told me to be myself and try to get as strong as I can,” Moore said.Follow paulmbanks
Was it the worst day in Big 10 football history yesterday? Perhaps.
Was it the worst day in the history of Big Ten football from a national perception/brand damage stand point? Absolutely. No doubt it was nothing short of catastrophic. I did a cover story for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition previewing and predicting this season in August. (link here) I also listed the biggest story-lines. I did not have “Big Ten football will resemble a bunch of mediocre mid-majors by week two” as one one of them.
If you don’t turn on the Big Ten Network again until basketball season, no one would blame you. Well, it’s worth it to see Teddy Greenstein do his work (Dave Revsine and Gerry Di Nardo are very talented too), but non Tedward reasons to watch BTN are few and far between. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that this league’s broadcast arm of its Sports Information Department exists. Because now you can see games that would otherwise never be televised.Follow paulmbanks
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
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
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