After the three players who were invited to Thursday's NBA Draft — all of whom were selected in the top 18 picks — it was unknown whether another Big Ten player would come off the board before the draft's conclusion.
The Washington Wizards used the No. 49 pick in the draft to make Iowa's Aaron White the second Hawkeye picked in the last two drafts. Roy Devyn Marble was a second-round pick of the Orlando Magic in last year's draft.
White carried the Hawkeyes during the majority of last season, earning All-Big Ten honors after averaging 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He was the first player in more than 30 years to lead the Hawkeyes in all three categories and finished second on Iowa's all-time scoring list.
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White flashed an ability to score in many different ways and had an especially strong knack for getting to the free-throw line. He made 618 free throws during his four-year career, more than any Big Ten player in the last 50 years.
White scored 20 or more points in six of his last seven games, including a 29-point effort against Illinois, a 25-point night in the regular-season finale against Northwestern and a 26-point performance in Iowa's Round of 64 crushing of Davidson in the NCAA tournament.
White is the second player drafted out of Iowa since Fran McCaffery took over as head coach, joining Marble. He's the third Iowa player drafted this millennium (Adam Haluska, 2007).
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Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
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.