Posted: 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
By Bryan Steedman
The Big Ten Network has announced their slate of 67 conference games throughout the season, as well as the addition of Seth Davis. Honestly, I'm just happy that Gus Johnson will be announcing games for the network. Recruiting wise things are still moving along at a brisk pace, with Donte Graham set to decide and Trevon Bluiett possibly back in play for several Big Ten programs.
Big Ten Network has announced their conference television coverage for the season this week. For the 2013-14 season Big Ten Network will broadcast 67 different Big Ten games, with their coverage kicking off on December 31st with Michigan State at Penn State. Outside of the 67 conference games, Big Ten Network will also cover numerous non-conference games and four Big Ten Tournament matchups. Several new faces will join the network as well, including former Illini player Stephen Bardo and CBS Sports host Seth Davis. Fan favorite Gus Johnson will once again return on commentary for games as well.
Goodluck Okonoboh is a four star forward / center with quite a bit of hype to his name and had narrowed down his list to Indiana, Ohio State, Duke, UNLV and Florida. At one point the Hoosiers were the frontrunner, but down the stretch both Ohio State and UNLV made a major push. Well Okonoboh made his decision tonight on ESPNU and turned some heads when he announced that he'll be playing at UNLV in 2014. The decision isn't a huge surprise when you realize Okonoboh's friend Khem Birch transferred to UNLV and that UNLV did just produce the most recent #1 draft pick, but it's still a loss for the Big Ten as they miss out on one of the better 2014 bigs.
Trevon Bluiett originally committed to the Bruins but has decided to reopen his recruitment. Bluiett received offers from several Big Ten programs including Michigan, Purdue and Indiana. It's still unknown if all three programs will reenter the recruiting process for Bluiett, especially with the schools adding several recruits since Bluiett came off the board. Bluiett is a four star wing that is rated in the top 50 on all of the major recruiting services. There's been some speculation Bluiett shied away from UCLA due to the distance and it's presumed he will end up somewhere significantly closer than California this time around.
Four star forward Donte Graham will be announcing his decision tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM. Graham will be deciding between Michigan and Clemson, with most people believing he is likely to decide on the Wolverines. Graham would bring some physicality to the table and is a capable rebounder that would be a solid get for the Wolverines. If you want to hear what school Graham decides on first, he'll be announcing the decision on his Twitter account.