2018 NBA Mock Draft 12-7-17

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Welcome to our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early.

For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was taken from Tankathon, who we linked here. You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section.

Just keep it all above board.

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Purdue, Illini, Northwestern Give Mixed Opinions on Early, Congested B1G Schedule

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The B1G schedule is disjointed and disoriented this season, beginning and ending earlier than ever before in modern history. We asked the head coaches and a couple players from the three B1G teams closest to home here (Chicago): #21 Purdue Boilermakers, Illinois Fighting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats.

The schedule is so tightly congested on the calendar that it leaves many of us physically congested, because those involved are so worn down from the workload, with quick turnarounds, all taking place inside the perfect breeding ground for germs during flu season.

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Chris Collins Said His Player Got Stitches at Purdue, When He Actually Didn’t

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Northwestern Coach Chris Collins put forth some fake news during his postgame news conference at Purdue. Following his team’s 74-69 loss in West Lafayette, Collins opened his media session by saying: “I gotta make it quick.”

“Dererk Pardon is getting stitches from (Isaac) Haas putting his elbow in his face. So I got to get back there, and he only shot three free throws.”

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Matt Painter Reflects on Historical Coaching Carousel that Established Him

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Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter reflected this week on being a part of the biggest coaching carousel in the history of college basketball.

“Sometimes the world flips around differently, and you get opportunities,” Painter said about the 2003 coaching changes that had numerous ripple effects beyond several high major and mid major programs.

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Purdue Boilermakers Fans Heckle #17 Louisville with FBI, Prostitution Themes

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While you could definitely ask for a more entertaining contest on the court, the in arena atmosphere that surrounded the Purdue Boilermakers 66-57 win over #17 Louisville was top notch. It was electric, spirited and hostile all at the same time.

The fans were both very loud and extremely clever, as they taunted the visiting Cardinals with chants of FBI, and numerous references to the scandals that have plagued the program in recent years and led to the dismissal of Rick Pitino.   

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Four Things for #18 Purdue Basketball Fans to Watch vs #19 Louisville Cardinals

It’s the most marquee home non-conference game on the schedule for Purdue basketball, and one of the gems of this year’s B1G/ACC Challenge. The Boilermakers welcome the #18 Louisville Cardinals, the program that was THE story of the offseason/preseason, and for all the wrong reasons.

Louisville is a program that has been rocked by scandal in recent years, and the list of alleged crimes keeps getting longer- prostitution, corruption, bribery. Trending topic one this fall in the college hoops world was the FBI investigation into unethical recruiting practices, and no one saw their section of the Earth move more than the Cardinals.

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#19 Purdue Basketball Impressing with Frequent Century Club Performances

#19 Purdue basketball has certainly cruised through its first four games of the season, winning big in impressive, fun-to-watch fashion. While #2 Michigan State gets all the hype, and #20 Northwestern is the media’s darling, the Boilermakers have been flying under the radar, despite the eye-popping box scores we see at the end of the night.

The Boilers, averaging 102 points per game, began the season with their first back to back 100+ points efforts since 1974. You could say they are premier members in college basketball’s “century club” in the early going. While the level of competition is about to step up considerably, they haven’t just beaten up on cupcakes this month.

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Purdue Football Establishes Progress and Direction, Unlike Division Rivals

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While this 2017 Purdue football team may still, but most likely will not go bowling this season, the fact that they are even in this discussion speaks volumes. Purdue football was truly bleak comedy during the Darell Hazell era, when just being competitive was the ceiling.

The Boilermakers are one of five: Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are the others, teams in the B1G West with a head coach who is in his third or fewer season at the helm. You have to leave the Badgers out of this discussion, as they were already established where they are when Paul Chryst took over in 2015. Kudos to Chryst though for keeping it going.

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Purdue Basketball: 2017-18 Season Preview and Predictions

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“One more chance….Biggie, give me one more chance” once said the late great American poet Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace.

Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan decided against giving college basketball one more chance and instead opted out early for the NBA. He made the right call and he’s now living all those edgy hipsters in Portland as a member of the Trail Blazers.

Swanigan accomplished a lot during his Purdue basketball career, and he truly stuck while the iron was hot.

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Northwestern Football Game Preview vs Purdue Boilermakers

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A night game in B1G country in November? What a time to be alive! Yes, get your blankets, hoodies and hot cocoa ready for the first 11th month night game in Northwestern football history. The forecast calls for a 39 degree air temperature and a 37% chance of precipitation at kickoff, 6 pm on ESPN2. Purdue has not beaten the Wildcats since 2010, which was coincidentally also a night game in Evanston.

Also, have a listen below at my Northwestern football analysis segment on KOZN 1620 the Zone, Omaha.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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