The Big Ten boasts some of the best talent in college basketball. However, only Ohio State's Evan Turner was selected from the conference in June 24th's NBA Draft in New York.
He was taken second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Raymar Morgan failed to develop into the bonafide star he was expected to be at Michigan State. But he was solid, and he received second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior in 2008-09—despite being plagued with mononucleosis during the Spartans' NCAA Tournament run.
He also was awarded several preseason accolades from multiple publications during his tenure in East Lansing.
Morgan wasn't billed as a first-rounder, but he could have been taken by the Orlando Magic with the 29th pick. They were in the market for a small forward because Matt Barnes opted out of his contract. Instead, they took Damion James from Texas, and then they traded his rights to Atlanta.
Morgan, who could likely spend time in the NBA Developmental League, has professional potential. He could end up overseas, or find himself working out for NBA teams and signing as a free agent.
In the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Morgan turned scouts' heads. They said they liked his chip-on-his-shoulder style of play. Morgan matured as a swingman, and he would bring versatility to a team that plays small and values speed.
Teams like the Toronto Raptors could be a destination for Morgan. They didn't have a second-round pick, but they could use an athletic forward like him.
Being a senior has its downside. It's not often that upperclassmen have their wishes come true on draft night.
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