Deyonta Davis a Late Lottery Pick Says Fran Fraschilla


While Denzel Valentine may or may not be selected ahead of Deyonta Davis in the 2016 NBA Draft, it’s very likely that Davis is the Michigan State player with more long term NBA career potential. In the short term, Davis’ draft stock might not be as high as Valentine’s.

Deyonta Davis declined to participate in the physical portion of the draft combine, meaning that he now must prove himself in private workouts with teams.

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2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Steve Mariucci on What Connor Cook Brings to the Oakland Raiders


What a tumultuous NFL Draft for Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook.

Entering Thursday, many people thought he had a decent chance at becoming a first round pick. We covered the multiple destinations within round one where he could have conceivably landed. If he didn’t go round one, then we almost certainly thought he’d be selected in round two or three on Friday night. However, it didn’t happen as Connor Cook was to night two what Laremy Tunsil was to night one.

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Gruden: Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg are 1st-Rounders


A year ago at this time, most draftniks believed that three Big Ten quarterbacks- Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, would likely be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Today, there’s a chance none of them will, and the Big Ten conference drought could very well live on. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 1995, when Penn State’s Kerry Collins was the fifth overall pick, a first-round selection by the then nascent expansion franchise Carolina Panthers.

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2016 NFL Draft FULL LIST of Green Room Invites


The 2016 NFL Draft will be soon be upon us- just two weeks and change now. For the second year in a row, my hometown becomes draft town, as Chicago will once again host the NFL’s selection party. Here’s who made the cut into this very select group of 25. Ohio State leads the way with five; tying the all time record.

Here’s a link to more on that. Also, here’s the link to our latest mock draft.

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Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis Enters NBA Draft; Hires Agent


(Update: Deyonta Davis declares for the NBA Draft, signs with an agent. Therefore, he will forgo his eligibility. Here is the link to the school’s press release. Below is the Deyonta Davis feature we ran a couple weeks ago)

Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis is anything but a verbose guy. At McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day last year, he gave short answers; like wise when MSU came to Northwestern in late January. However he can also be efficient with his answers.

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Josh Jackson Commits to Kansas; with Genuine Class


Josh Jackson is a man who is much better than his times. He’s off the selfie generation, but at the exact moment when the entire basketball world was focused upon him, he refused to make it about himself. Legendary author Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “me generation” to describe the ’80s.

Today’s decade would be the “look at me” generation. Actually, no, if you’ve ever seen any reality television program and/or female sideline reporter’s Instagram or Twitter feed, this is the “PLEASE LOOK AT ME!!!!! NOW!!!!!” generation.

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Josh Langford, Miles Bridges Size Up MSU’s #TheClass


This season Michigan State basketball welcomes #TheClass consisting of Miles Bridges, Josh Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward. The first two names we mentioned are McDonald’s All-Americans; and “The Class” is currently regarded to be the third best nationally.

The Spartans also might not be done yet, as the nation’s top rated player, and another MCDAA, Josh Jackson, has narrowed his choices to Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. The last time we saw a recruiting class this special on paper in East Lansing was 2001 (Chris Hill, Alan Anderson, Kelvin Torbert) or maybe 2000 itself coming off the national championship season (MCDAAg MVP Zach Randolph, Marcus Taylor).

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings


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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How Josh Jackson Would Fit in at Michigan State


The latest Josh Jackson crystal ball prediction on 24/7 Sports shows Kansas 68%, Michigan State 18%, Arizona 14%. So all is lost for MSU and Zona, right?

Well, what about that famous video with “future member of the Arizona Wildcats…Josh Jackson..”

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Joshua Langford High on MSU’s Josh Jackson Chances, #TheClass


Michigan State signee Joshua Langford likes the odds of top rated recruit Josh Jackson committing to Michigan State

“I like the odds a lot, but I know Josh is going to make the best decision for him,” Langford told The Sports Bank.

“And I’m not the guy who’s going to pressure him into a decision, cuz I know that he knows what he’s doing. His mother is a great person in his life and supports him and teaches him how to make decisions, I think he’s going to make a great decision and I support him one-hundred percent,” Langford said.

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