Jordan Taylor was always a long shot to be selected, so it’s no surprise the draft ended without his name being called. It was a little bit of a surprise for the Minnesota Timberwolves to take Purdue guard Robbie Hummel, he of the two blown ACLs, with the 58th overall selection. The Wolves certainly didn’t take Hummel for his athleticism, but he is a gritty guy who can light it up from deep.
Two months ago Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger would’ve been projected by pretty much everyone as the first Big Ten player off the board, but Sullinger’s stock took something of a tumble after it got around that he can’t jump or block shots (and possibly someone circulated the tape of Mike Bruesewitz beating the hell out of him last year and making him quit). Sullinger’s precipitous tumble paved the way for a different Big Ten big man to be the first conference player off the board. That honor ultimately went to Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, who was taken by Portland #11. Leonard’s stock, unlike Sullinger’s, trended upward during the evaluation process, largely due to a string of impressive work outs.
So Leonard ended up a lottery pick but not Sullinger. The Ohio State guy did finally come off the board though, at #21 overall to the Boston Celtics. This will team Sullinger with former Badger Greg Stiemsma, who made a small name for himself last year with Boston as a shot blocker and occasional fouling machine. The third Big Ten guy off the board was versatile, high-character Michigan State forward Draymond Green, who might as well get the word “tweener” tattooed somewhere on his body.