Jared Sullinger paces Big Ten prospects

Updated: November 5, 2010, 12:39 PM ET
By Chad Ford

The Big Ten didn't dominate the 2010 draft. Yes, Ohio State produced the No. 2 pick, Evan Turner, but it was slim pickings after that.

The Big Ten's poor showing in the draft has been a bit of a trend of late. In 2009, the conference had just one player, B.J. Mullens, go in the first round. In 2008, just three players -- Eric Gordon, Kosta Koufos and D.J. White -- made the first-round cut. You really have to go back to 2007, when Greg Oden (No. 1) and Mike Conley (No. 4) both went in the top five, to find a great draft for the Big Ten.

In 2011, things could be different. Once again, Ohio State looks to contribute in a big way with freshman big man Jared Sullinger. But a resurgent Illinois team, along with Minnesota and Michigan State, should also help fill out the field.

I spoke with a number of NBA scouts to get a take on five players they'll be scouting closely in the Big Ten this season. Here's the breakdown: