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Badger Bits: Scouting reports on Big Ten NBA prospects

Although no Badgers will be selected in the NBA Draft this Thursday evening, Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis compiles scouting reports of six Big Ten standouts.

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Did that really happen last night? After watching Boston beat up Chicago for 55+ minutes, I still can't believe the epic collapse/comeback we witnessed last night.

But enough about the Stanley Cup Playoffs — although I'm a bit depressed we only have baseball until NFL training camps commence in late July.

At least this week, there's the NBA Draft to keep us entertained for a bit. The draft takes place Thursday night, so with it just days away, it's timely to think back to the incredibly compelling Big Ten basketball season and how some of the conference's top NBA prospects may fare at the next level.

Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis compiled scouting reports he's gathered from talking with NBA scouts to give overarching reviews on numerous prospects (here's just the B1G athletes). Interesting stuff considering the scouts spoke anonymously, so the reports seem pretty genuine.


Headliners (in case you missed them):

While Bret Bielema has alienated almost the entire Wisconsin fan base after his departure, Gary Andersen seems to still be very much connected to the state Utah and his former school (Andersen spoke with Deseret News in this Q&A).

Historically, the UW women's hockey team has been well-represented on US national teams, and so far, it seems that won't change as five Badgers made it past the initial cut for the US Olympic team.

Week 11 may feature an intriguing Wisconsin/BYU matchup, but BTN's Tom Dienhart says the Nebraska/Michigan showdown in the Big House is the marquee matchup of the conference that week. Dienhart believes the game will likely decide the Legends Division champion.

BTN lists all the Big Ten stars selected in the NBA Draft since 2000.