With another season about to start and fewer than six months until signing day, Big Ten recruiting writers Brad Bournival and Tom VanHaaren give an update on how each conference team is faring on the recruiting trail.
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Ohio is the prime state in the Midwest when it comes to producing football prospects, with 346 ranked three-stars or higher from 2010 to 2013. The state produces great prospects year in and year out, but it isn’t the only place top talent is bred in the region.
Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
The Big Ten needs to add impact players across the board, so this 2014 recruiting class is going to be a crucial one. While Michigan and Ohio State lead the way in the class rankings, each team has important commitments in their own right.
The times and networks have been finalized for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will take place Dec. 3-4 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC schools will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including the three newest ACC members (Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse).
Summer Shootaround: Big TenCatching up on news and notes from the Big Ten offseason while looking ahead to 2013-14 with predictions and analysis. ReadGreenberg: 2013-14 Big Ten Power RankingsSeth Greenberg provides his power rankings for the Big Ten, a conference that could produce eight NCAA tournament teams.
Minnesota center Mo Walker's chuckle exudes pain.It’s his natural response to questions about the foods he’s ditched to achieve a 50-pound weight loss since the end of the Gophers’ season.
Shooting guard Rashad Vaughn (Golden Valley, Minn./Findlay Prep) has narrowed his school list down to 11, according to a tweet from the ESPN 100 prospect.
On Tuesday, one of the schools that had been a legitimate landing spot for ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) was eliminated -- and not by Newton’s doing, either.
The following teams could tumble in 2013-14. Just so we’re clear: That potential “tumble” is based on last season’s position for every team listed.
1. Tyus Jones was consistent in his plan of going to school with friend and fellow top-3 ESPN 100 player Jahlil Okafor when I talked to him after our ESPNU coverage of an AAU event Wednesday night at the HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
1. The fallout from Kent State winning a $1.2 million settlement from former coach Geno Ford for leaving for Bradley may make coaches re-read their contracts very carefully.
Editor's note: Over two days, we're releasing the brackets/matchups for 11 of the top early-season events. A thread of previews and info for all 11 tourneys can be found here.
The all-important July recruiting period begins Wednesday. It’s broken up into three separate weekends in which coaches are allowed to go out on the road from Wednesday night until Sunday.
Minnesota first-year head coach Richard Pitino has been working night and day trying to sell a new era in Golden Gophers basketball. It’s a battle he is fighting on several fronts, simultaneously trying to connect with his new team, re-engage a jaded fan base and redefine his program on the recruiting front.
Six-foot-5 small forward Chris Sandifer (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) gave Missouri a verbal commitment on Friday, he confirmed to ESPN.com.Sandifer chose the Tigers over Colorado, Minnesota, San Diego State and Washington State.
Weight has been a challenge for Minnesota center Maurice Walker throughout his career.The 6-foot-10 big man weighed 340 pounds when he reached the Minneapolis campus in 2010.
Two-sport athletes are common in collegiate sports.In high school, young men and women often compete in multiple events. Some who are committed and exceptional in two sports will attempt to participate in both at the Division I level.
Junior college point guard Dre Mathieu (Knoxville, Tenn./Central Arizona College) committed to Minnesota and new head coach Richard Pitino on Tuesday, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Senior guard Alvin Ellis, of Chicago's De La Salle High School, committed and signed his letter of intent to the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday.Ellis, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, was previously signed with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event.
1. New American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco relished the moment Monday night as one of his teams -- for this season and, yes, for next -- won a national title.
1. The NCAA's random date of April 16 to declare for the NBA draft isn't pressuring a number of players into making quick decisions. Coaches are now savvy to the date as being meaningless.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hello, Richard Pitino (the folks around here will obviously call you Coach Pitino now).I’d like to welcome you to Minnesota.
Chicago shooting guard Alvin Ellis (De La Salle Institute) was granted a release from his letter of intent to Minnesota in the wake of Tubby Smith's firing last week.
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