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Nik Stauskas Headlines Big Ten Awards

Nik Stauskas has been named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and media for the 13-14 season.

Stauskas was joined on the All-Big Ten First Team by Gary Harris, Frank Kaminsky, Roy Devyn Marble and Terran Petteway.

On the All-Big Ten Second Team are Sam Dekker, Yogi Ferrell, Caris LeVert, D.J. Newbill and Adreian Payne.

On the All-Big Ten Third Team are Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier, LaQuinton Ross, Noah Vonleh and Aaron White.

Vonleh was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Craft won Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

J.P. Macura Considering Minnesota, Creighton, Xavier, Purdue, Iowa State

J.P. Macura has narrowed his list of schools to Minnesota, Creighton, Xavier, Purdue and Iowa State.

Macura will take an official visit to Xavier on Sept. 6 and likely Iowa State on Sept. 15.

The 6-foot-5 Macura eliminated Butler from consideration when Brad Stevens took the Boston Celtics job.

“I had a good relationship with the new head coach and most of the players when I went on a visit,” Macura told Gopherhole.com. “It is hard to say no to them, but I think it was a good choice because Brad (Stevens) is not there and that is a huge, huge thing for him to be there.”

Via Gopherhole (Kyle Neddenriep/Indianapolis Star)

Josh Perkins Trims List To UCLA, Minnesota, Gonzaga

Josh Perkins has trimmed his list of finalists to three schools: UCLA, Minnesota and Gonzaga.

Perkins plans to make his college decision this weekend.

Perkins is a consensus top-30 prospect in the class of 2014.

Via Evan Daniels/Scout (via Steve Jones/Louisville Courier-Journal)

Rashad Vaughn Attending Prep School To Fast Track Path To NBA

Rashad Vaughn is spending a year at Findlay Prep in a bid to fast-track to the NBA.

"My dream has always been to go to the league," said Vaughn, the top rated shooting guard in the class of 2014. "The quicker I can do it is how I want to do it. Going one-and-done, that's really what I want to do."

Vaughn is considering Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas, among others, and is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Friday. Richard Pitino and his staff are making Vaughn their top priority.

"He says, 'We need you to turn this around,'" said Vaughn, a native of Minnesota. "I think they have a shot just because my family is here. I'm going to be gone this year, so I think (my parents) would love for me to play here. I've just got a good relationship with coach Pitino and (assistant) coach Kimani (Young). ... So they have a chance."

Via Marcus R. Fuller/St. Paul Pioneer Press
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