After its two teams recorded a combined 1-4 record in the NCAA tournament, the Big Ten Thursday heralded its success in the three day amateur draft this week. The Big Ten's release notes 30 players chosen from the league, the most since 2009 and of course that numbers all of two years.
Every school had at least one player chosen except Michigan and now you know in part why the Wolverines fired coach Rich Maloney-- he couldn't win because he didn't have any good players. It's unreal Michigan had no one drafted, but it's the current baseball story in Ann Arbor.
No surprise-- Purdue had the most selections with seven and Purdue is the Big Ten regular season and tournament champ. But the Big Ten's perception nationwide is still weak in both diamond sports. And only one Big Ten player-- Purdue's Kevin Plawecki-- was chosen in the first five rounds. It's simple-- the Big Ten needs better players in abundance to ever play with the big boys on the national scene.