Posts in category "Draft"

Illinois big man Meyers Leonard joins Damian Lillard as Portland NBA Lottery pick

The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from... Read more »

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?
Meyers Leonard to the Milwaukee Bucks at #12 in tonight’s NBA Draft. That’s what we’re hearing. It makes sense, as Milwaukee is now sans Andrew Bogut and desperately needs a big even though they just acquired Samuel Dalembert (Dalembert is in the final year of his contract though so the Bucks could allow Leonard to... Read more »

What moves should Bulls make on Draft night?

What moves should Bulls make on Draft night?
Winning 50 games in the lockout shortened season of 2011-12 was a major accomplishment for the Chicago Bulls.  However, all that excitement and hopefulness of re-claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy came crashing down with one injury to Derrick Rose.  Unfortunately, that’s how the Bulls 2011-12 season will be remembered. Being the best regular season team... Read more »
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Likely #1 NBA Draft pick a Chicago product (Anthony Davis video)

Likely #1 NBA Draft pick a Chicago product (Anthony Davis video)
A couple years ago, Anthony Davis was a lightly recruited guard at Charter Perspectives High School in Chicago, Ill. Then he grew over half a foot, and became a big man prospect with guard skills. The rare combination of attributes led to his shooting up the recruiting rankings. He became a McDonald’s All-American, won all... Read more »

Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)

Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)
Former Illinois Fighting Illini Center Meyers Leonard greeted the media yesterday at the 2012 NBA Draft combine. Here’s some of what he had to say about the process...

Illini Safety Tavon Wilson drafted by New England Patriots

Illini Safety Tavon Wilson drafted by New England Patriots
New England certainly needs help in their secondary. They have WRs playing DB for them that’s how short-handed they are. Remember Julian Edelman covering Anquan Boldin in the AFC Title game? Troy Brown actually played some defensive back too; even though he was a wide receiver by trade. And the Patriots legend fittingly announced this... Read more »
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Illini OL Jeff Allen drafted by K.C. Chiefs

Illini OL Jeff Allen drafted by K.C. Chiefs
Four Illinois Fighting Illini were drafted in the first rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. All of them were taken ahead of anyone from Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan. Yes, Illinois had four while those four traditional powerhouses had a combined goose egg. Devon Still from PSU and Lavonte David from the Huskers... Read more »

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans
He came out of nowhere to win the Ted Hendricks Award as the best Defensive End in all of college football. He rose from obscurity to become an All-American at Illinois. Now Whitney Mercilus is a member of the Houston Texans, joining fellow Big Ten alum J.J. Watt of the Wisconsin Badgers as the men... Read more »

Notre Dame's Michael Floyd goes #13 to Arizona

Notre Dame's Michael Floyd goes #13 to Arizona
He’s passed up Golden Tate, Jeff Samardzjia and Tim Brown to claim all the major receiving records in Notre Dame history. And now Michael Floyd is a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Floyd becomes the first WR taken by the Cardinals in the first round since the team selected Larry Fitzgerald with the third overall... Read more »
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Illini receiver A.J. Jenkins: surprising 1st round pick by 49ers

Illini receiver A.J. Jenkins: surprising 1st round pick by 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks made the first big shocker on NFL Draft night by taking Bruce Irvin DE/OLB from West Virginia. The San Francisco 49ers created another big surprise when they took WR A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. It marks the first time two Illini have been selected in the first round... Read more »