The Big Ten benefited more than any other conference from players who elected to delay their NBA draft entries and return to school, according to Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy. Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Illinois’ Malcolm Hill, Iowa’s Peter Jok, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan either entered the 2016 NBA draft and later withdrew their names or chose not to enter at all. All of those players were named to this year’s preseason All-Big Ten team.
— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) October 14, 2016
“If there is a unifying theme to Big Ten basketball this season, and it’s not all that easy to find one with 14 members spread from College Park, Md. to Lincoln, Neb.,” DeCourcy wrote, “it is how richly the league benefited from the decision by so many key players to postpone NBA Draft entry.”