5 Big Ten basketball players improve their draft stock

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Big Ten basketball has once again reigned supreme in the world of NCAA basketball in 2021-22 and this season has already had its share of surprises. There’s a stalemate at the top of the standings and it could be anyone’s title thanks to prospects impressing and in turn increasing their stock in the NBA draft.

Kofi Cockburn’s return to the Illinois basketball roster turned the tide in their pursuit of a conference crown, as did Trent Frazier’s return after testing the waters of the NBA Draft, but the Wisconsin basketball is hiding thanks to the emergence of Johnny Davis.

Ohio State basketball suffered a tough loss with 0.6 seconds left thanks to heroics from Jaden Ivey, but junior all-around threat EJ Liddell showed leadership on the stretch for the Buckeyes with his ability to score the ball in various ways.

In Minnesota, head coach Ben Johnson appears to have found some power in the transfer portal with the import of George Washington Jamison Battle. He’s another hybrid striker who can score inside and create on the perimeter.

Jaden Ivey was mentioned above and Zach Edey also got a lot of attention, but with Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year nominee Trevion Williams, they’re even harder to defend. He is another hidden gem in the Purdue basketball ranks that raises his profile. Take a look at five NBA Draft stock lifters in the Big Ten basketball landscape as February approaches.

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