Go North Young Man! Players from the B1G footprint still in the tournament

Submitted by Yeoman on March 28th, 2014 at 7:14 PM

One of the stories of the tournament for me are the seemingly large number of kids that got away--players that weren't even recruited by the major schools in their home state that are now playing and in some cases starring somewhere else.

There are the obvious, of course: GR3's father's jersey hangs from the rafters at Purdue. Traevon Jackson's father's jersey hangs from the rafters at OSU. Frank Kaminsky only got a single out-of-state offer and Illinois showed no interest, now he's blocking six shots in a Sweet Sixteen game.

But it's more than that. There are six Indiana players with significant roles for teams still in the tournament at this late stage--they've combined for 144 minutes, 55 points and 25 rebounds per game. No Indiana school even made the tournament.

Five Illinois players are stil in, combining for 126 minutes, 54 points, 15 rebounds and a couple of blocks per game. No Illinois school made the tournament.

OSU is gone but nine Ohio players are still in, combining for 201 minutes, 90 points, 34 rebounds and 13 assists per game. Sibert transferred to UD from OSU, OSU whiffed on Payne and Nigel Hayes, but the other six they didn't even offer.

Here's the full list of players from the B1G footprint that are still in the tournament, have averaged at least five minutes per game and aren't playing for their home B1G school. Iowa doesn't get dinged for players at Iowa State--that's an in-state power-conference team and they deserve their share. But OSU gets fully dinged for losing players to an in-state mid-major.

If Illinois and Indiana and Purdue want to know what's gone wrong, they can start right here. OSU might want to pay attention too.

(And Pennsylvania is not in the B1G basketball footprint.)



Wayne Blackshear

19.5 minutes, 6 points, 1.4 rebounds

refused Illinois offer


Ryan Boatright

39.5 minutes, 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

no Illinois offer


Ben Brust

27 minutes, 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists

no Illinois offer


Frank Kaminsky

29 minutes, 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.3 blocks

no Illinois offer


Kendall Pollard

11 minutes, 4.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1 steal

no Illinois offer




Spike Albrecht

9.5 minutes, 2.5 points, 1 assist

no Indiana or Purdue offer


Branden Dawson

30.5 minutes, 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1 steal

refused Indiana and Purdue offers


Gary Harris

31.5 minutes, 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals

refused Indiana and Purdue offers


Zak Irvin

14.5 minutes, 3 points

refused Indiana and Purdue offers


Glen Robinson III

35.5 minutes, 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Purdue legacy

no Indiana or Purdue offer


Stephan Van Treese

22.5 minutes, 4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks

no Indiana or Purdue offer




Monte Morris

33 minutes, 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals

no Michigan or MSU offer


Devin Oliver

29.7 minutes, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1 steal

no Michigan or MSU offer


James Young

35 minutes, 10 points, 6.5 rebounds

refused MSU offer




Nigel Hayes

16.7 minutes, 7.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 assists

refused OSU offer


Traevon Jackson

29 minutes, 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists

OSU legacy

no OSU offer


Matt Kavanaugh

20.3 minutes, 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1 steal

no OSU offer


Caris LeVert

32.5 minutes, 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists

no OSU offer


Adreian Payne

27 minutes, 26.5 points, 6 rebounds

refused OSU offer


Jalen Robinson

11.7 minutes, 3 points, 2.3 rebounds

no OSU offer


Terry Rozier

12.5 minutes, 2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1 steal

no OSU offer


Jordan Sibert

28 minutes, 12.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals

transferred from OSU


Travis Trice

23.5 minutes, 12 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists

no OSU offer




Phillip Nolan

8 minutes, 3.5 points, 2 rebounds

no Wisconsin offer


Matt Thomas

11.5 minutes, 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist

refused Wisconsin offer





March 28th, 2014 at 7:35 PM ^

That is kind of crazy. The guy who stands out to me on the list for us is Monte Morris. I realize we basically had one spot for him or Walton, but would have loved to get both. He'll be a very good player some day.


March 28th, 2014 at 8:20 PM ^

No worries at all.  It is an interesting analysis to see players who left their home states.  The Indiana players are especially intriguing to me since IU and Purdue both missed the NIT this year.


March 28th, 2014 at 9:41 PM ^

There might have been other stories like this on here too. I pulled the offer lists from Rivals, and there's no distinction there between an offer that's pulled and one that's never made--they're both invisible. Maybe the accurate thing to say in each case would be "no offer on the table when he committed."

Lucky Socks

March 28th, 2014 at 9:15 PM ^

Morris did have an offer from Michigan. He and Walton were basically simultaneous, first commit gets it.

Oliver had Michigan interest. But our philosophy isn't to offer guys until their interest is high, and it would be a commutable offer from our end. While he has become a good player, ultimately we got our top choice.