An Early Look-Ahead to 2019-20 Big Ten Basketball

April 1, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Big Ten took a step forward this season, sending eight of its 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament. That doubled the total from the previous year.

Michigan State reached the Final Four by knocking off top-seeded Duke. The Spartans will be shooting for the league’s first national title since they won it in 2000.

The conference will be looking to build on this winter’s success in ’19-20. Like all teams in college basketball, there will be departures and arrivals.

Let’s take a look at how things shape up (this feature will be updating as players come and go):

ILLINOIS

Gone – Aaron Jordan.

Possibly Gone – None.

Key Players Likely Back – Trent Frazier, Kipper Nichols, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Andres Feliz, Ayo Dosunmu.

Incoming Recruits – Kofi Cockburn, 6-10, 280 (four-star by Rivals & 247, Top 40 overall by both services), Antwan January, 6-11, 240 (247 four-star & No. 93 overall, Rivals three-star).

INDIANA

Gone – Juwan Morgan, Zach McRoberts, Evan Ftizner.

Possibly Gone – Romeo Langford (NBA Draft – Going Through Process), Devonte Green (NBA Draft – Going Through Process).

Key Players Likely Back – Aljami Durham, Justin Smith, Rob Phinisee, De’Ron Davis, Jerome Hunter (redshirt).

Incoming Recruits – Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, 210 (Rivals & 247 five-star, Top 20 overall by both services), Armaan Franklin, 6-4, 185 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals 137 overall, 247 167 overall).

IOWA

GONE – Nicholas Baer, Maishe Dailey (transfer), Tyler Cook (NBA Draft)

Possibly Gone – Joe Wieskamp (NBA Draft – Going Through Process).

Key Players Likely Back – Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Luka Garza, Connor McCaffery, Ryan Kriener.

Incoming Recruits – Patrick McCaffery, 6-8, 180 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 68 overall, 247 No. 98 overall), Joe Toussaint, 5-10, 170 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals No. 38 PG in ’19 class, 247 No. 22 PG).

MINNESOTA

Gone – Dupree McBrayer, Jordan Murphy, Matz Stockman, Isaiah Washington (Transfer).

Possibly Gone – Amir Coffey (NBA Draft – Going Through Process).

Key Players Coming Back – Daniel Oturu, Marcus Carr (Pitt transfer), Gabe Kalscheur, Eric Curry, Payton Willis (Vanderbilt transfer), Jarvis Omersa.

Incoming Recruits – Tre Williams, 6-4, 180 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 127 overall, 247 No. 153 overall).

MICHIGAN

Gone – Charles Matthews (NBA Draft), Jordan Poole (NBA Draft).

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Possibly Gone – Ignas Brazdeikis (NBA Draft – Going Through Process) .

Key Players Coming Back – Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Brandon Johns.

Incoming Recruits – Jalen Wilson, 6-8, 215 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 43 overall, 247 No. 32 overall), Cole Bajema (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 92 overall, 247 No. 60 overall).

MICHIGAN STATE

Gone – Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins.

Possibly Gone – Nick Ward (NBA Draft).

Key Players Back – Cassius Winston, Kyle Ahrens, Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, , Xavier Tillman.

Incoming Recruits – Malik Hall, 6-8, 215 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 46 overall, 247 No. 80 overall), Mark “Rocket” Watts, 6-3, 180 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 39 overall, 247 No. 35 overall), Julius Marble, 6-8, 225 (Rivals & 247 three-star).

MARYLAND

Gone – Bruno Fernando (NBA Draft).

Possibly Gone – Anthony Cowan, (NBA Draft).

Key Players Back – Jalen Smith, Eric Ayala, Darryl Morsell, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith, Ricky Lindo.

Incoming Recruits – Donta Scott, 6-7, 195 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 113 overall, 247 No. 135 overall), Makhi Mitchell, 6-8, 240 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 54 overall, 247 No. 92 overall), Makhel Mitchell, 6-9, 250 (Rivals four-star, 247 three-star, Rivals No. 117 overall, 247 No. 186 overall).

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NEBRASKA

Gone – James Palmer, Glynn Watson, Isaac Copeland, Tanner Borchardt, Thomas Allen (Transfer), Thorir Thorbjarnarson (transfer).

Possibly Gone – Isaiah Roby (NBA Draft), Nana Akenten (Transfer), Johnny Trueblood (May Be Done Playing), Mika Adams-Woods, 6-2, 160 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals No. 30 PG, has re-opened recruitment).

Key Players Back – Dachon Burke (Robert Morris Transfer), Amir Harris.

Incoming Recruits – Akol Arop, 6-6, 180 (Rivals & 247 three-star), Jervay Green, 6-3, 195 (Rivals & 247 three-star JUCO), Haanif Cheatham (grad transfer from FGCU), Dalano Banton (Western Kentucky transfer).

NORTHWESTERN

Gone – Vic Law, Dererk Pardon, Ryan Taylor, Jordan Ash (Transfer), Baret Benson (Transfer), Aaron Falzon (Transfer).

Possibly Gone – None.

Key Players Back – A.J. Turner, Anthony Gaines, Pete Nance, Miller Kopp. 

Incoming Recruits – Robbie Beran, 6-9, 210 (Rivals & 247 four star, Rivals No. 100 player overall, 247 No. 50 overall), Daniel Buie, 6-2, 160 (Rivals & 247 three-star, 247 No. 39 PG), Jared Jones, 6-9, 230 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals No. 42 PF, 247 No. 33 C).

OHIO STATE

Gone – C.J. Jackson, Jaedon LeDee (Transfer), Keyshawn Woods.

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Possibly Gone – Kaleb Wesson (NBA Draft – Going Through Process).

Key Players Back – Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington, Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens, Musa Jallow, CJ Walker (Florida St. Transfer).

Incoming Recruits – D.J. Carton, 6-1, 190 (Rivals four-star and No. 35 overall, 247 five-star and No. 23 overall), E.J. Liddell, 6-7, 220 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 40 overall, 247 No. 61 overall), Alonzo Gaffney, 6-9, 190 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 48 overall, 247 No. 43 overall).

PENN STATE

Gone – Josh Reaves, Justin McKoy (’19 recruit released from LOI, heading to Virginia).

Possibly Gone – Lamar Stevens (NBA Draft – Going Through Process).

Key Players Back – Mike Watkins, John Harrar, Myles Dread, Rasir Bolton, Myreon Jones, Izaiah Brockington (St. Bonaventure Transfer).

Incoming Recruits – Seth Lundy, 6-6, 195 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals No. 141 overall, 247 No. 179 overall), Patrick Kelly, 6-8, 205 (Rivals & 247 three-star), Abdou Tsimbila, 6-8, 220 (Rivals & 247 three-star, Rivals No. 25 C, 247 No. 44 C).

PURDUE

Gone – Ryan Cline, Grady Eifert, Carsen Edwards (NBA Draft).

Possibly Gone – None.

Key Players Back – Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Nojel Eastern, Trevion Williams, Evan Boudreaux, Sasha Stefanovic.

Incoming Recruits – Brandon Newman, 6-4, 180 (Rivals & 247 four-star, Rivals No. 78 overall, 247 No. 126 overall), Mason Gillis, 6-7, 210 (Rivals & 247 four-star, 247 No. 147 overall), Isaiah Thompson, 6-0, 165 (Rivals & 247 three-stars, Rivals No. 29 PG, 247 No. 19 PG).

RUTGERS

Gone – Issa Thiam (Legal), Shaquille Doorson.

Possibly Gone – None.

Key Players Back – Geo Baker, Eugene Omoruyi, Montez Mathis, Ron Harper jr., Peter Kiss, Caleb McConnell, Myles Johnson, Shaq Carter, Jacob Young (Texas Transfer).

Incoming Recruits – Paul Mulcahy, 6-6, 185 (Rivals three-star and No. 136 overall, 247 four-star and No. 150 overall).

WISCONSIN

Gone – Ethan Happ, Khalil Iverson, Tai Strickland (Transfer).

Possibly Gone – None.

Key Players Back – D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Brevin Pritzl, Kobe King, Aleem Ford, Micah Potter (Ohio State Transfer), Owen Hamilton (Northern Illinois Transfer).

Incoming Recruits – Tyler Wahl, 6-7, 200 (Rivals three-star and No. 36 SF, 247 four-star and No. 148 overall).

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