Wednesday's Hlist: Will Big Ten lose Cody Zeller, DeShaun Thomas and Tim Burke early to NBA?

Also: Dallas Clark and Matt Roth still looking for new NFL homes

Mike Hlas
Published: March 28 2012 | 6:58 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 2:54 pm in
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Of six non-Kentucky basketball underclassmen that The Big Lead is eyeing as undeclared about their intentions for next season, be it to remain in college or go to the NBA, three of them are Big Ten players.

You can imagine Iowa wouldn't be terribly bothered if Michigan guard Trey Burke, Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas and Indiana center Cody Zeller bid the Big Ten bye-bye.

Zeller seemingly can't help his draft position much by staying in school. Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks him the No. 6 player in the 2012 draft, ahead of the likes of Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger.

Thomas and Burke? I don't know if they would go in the first round this year.

Burke may want to talk to Darius Morris, the point guard who left Michigan last season after his sophomore season. He has played in just 14 games for the Los Angeles Lakers this year, and recently spent a game with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA's D League.

Morris was a second-round pick. So, no guaranteed first-round millions. His salary is the league-minimum $473,000.

Maybe Burke would be a first-rounder this year. Michigan sure hopes that isn't what learned basketball people will tell him.

In the first paragraph of that Big Lead post, Jason McIntyre wrote this:

Royce White decided to get paid rather than maybe lead Iowa State to the Final 4.

In their latest NBA mock drafts, DraftExpress.com has White going 19th. NBADraft.net says White is 22nd.

Former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark has had a wonderful NFL career.

He has played in 115 regular-season games over nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, made 427 catches for 4,887 yards, scored 46 touchdowns, earned a Super Bowl ring.

Now, however, the 32-year-old is looking for a team. The Colts released him on March 9. It was thought he might hook on with his former Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, with the Denver Broncos. But the Broncos instead signed another former Indianapolis tight end, Jacob Tamme.

The Broncos have also signed tight end Joel Dreesen, most recently a Houston Texan.

ProFootballTalk.com has Clark ranked No. 100 out of the top 100 NFL free agents, most of whom have found new homes.

Clark missed 15 games over the last two seasons because of injuries. He had a broken leg last season.

CBSSports.com seems to think Clark has some more football in him, with this post saying "Clark is said to have some options, including with a few teams that already have a solid situation at the tight end spot."

Another former Hawkeye, defensive end Matt Roth, may be on the move again.

Roth spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but is talking to other teams, and the Jags seem fine with that.

Roth had a nasty concussion last November that effectively ended his season.

"I got a clean bill of health," Roth said in this Jacksonville.com blog post. "Iím ready to get back into the season, working out and going through free agency right now."

The Cincinnati Bengals hosted Roth last Friday. Roth is a 7-year NFL vet, having played for Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville.

He is the No. 59 player on ProFootballTalk.com's free agent list.

Kentucky and Louisville play each other in the Final Four on Saturday. Monday, fans of both teams fought with each other. In a dialysis center.

If you're going to write a snarky letter to the team that's trying to sell you season-tickets, make sure you capture your effort on video like this Cleveland Browns fan did: (I first saw this video at The Huffington Post.)

And oh yeah, that was a team that tied for ninth place in the Big Ten (Minnesota) that beat the Pac-12's regular-season champion (Washington) in Tuesday's NIT semifinals.

Not that it really matters much. Of course, had Iowa reached the NIT semis, oh how it would have mattered in my neck of the woods.

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