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Recap: Six Big Ten products picked in NBA Draft


Recap: Six Big Ten products picked in NBA Draft

Headlined by the selection of the Big Ten Player of the Year with the final pick in the lottery, six Big Ten players were selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Denzel Valentine, who led Michigan State to a Big Ten Tournament championship in his senior year with the Spartans, went to the Bulls with the 14th pick, the highest Spartan selected since Jason Richardson was a top-five pick in 2001. Valentine was the fifth Michigan State product picked in the last five years and the third first-round pick in the last three years.

Surprisingly, Michigan guard Caris LeVert was the next Big Ten'er off the board, picked by the Indiana Pacers with the No. 20 selection and then shipped to the Brooklyn Nets. LeVert's status in the draft was unknown given injuries that limited him to 18 and 14 games in each of the past two seasons, respectively.

Many expected Valentine's teammate Deyonta Davis to be selected in the lottery, but the one-and-done big man shockingly fell out of the first round, selected by the Boston Celtics with the No. 31 pick before getting traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Though not as big of a surprise as Davis' slip, Maryland's Diamond Stone also went undrafted in the first round. The big man was chosen by the New Orleans Pelicans with the No. 40 pick before going to the Pacers, becoming the second Terp drafted during the Mark Turgeon Era.

Purdue seven-footer A.J. Hammons, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, went to the Dallas Mavericks with the No. 46 pick.

Stone's teammate Jake Layman was picked by the Orlando Magic and traded to the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 47 pick.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.