Penn State's John Amaechi (1995, basketball)
A 1995 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Amaechi scored 1,310 points in three seasons during his career at Penn State, the most points scored for a Nittany Lion in less than four seasons. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1995, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a two-time Academic All-American and was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 1995. One of just five players to post at least 1,300 points and 700 rebounds at Penn State, Amaechi played five seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. After his NBA career, Amaechi helped England earn the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The Manchester, England native was the first and only Briton to have his jersey hung in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. Amaechi is currently an organizational consultant, a New York Times best-selling author and a social entrepreneur in America and Europe.
Michigan State's Adreian Payne will compete in the 2014 State Farm Slam Dunk Championship at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU on Thursday.
The three-point and dunk contests will begin at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, and will be televised by ESPN. Payne will go head-to-head against seven other Division I competitors.
In addition, Purdue's Courtney Moses and Nebraska's Jordan Hooper will both participate in the women's three-point shootout, also to be held at Moody Coliseum.
Top-seeded Minnesota and SMU will collide in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday night. The Gophers will be aiming for the Big Ten's 10th NIT Championship.
Thursday, April 3
No. 1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Eastern
At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.
Minnesota posted a 67-64 overtime win over Florida State in the NIT semifinals, moving onto Thursday's championship game, where the Gophers will face SMU.
Tuesday, April 1
NO. 1 MINNESOTA 67, No. 1 Florida State 64
The NABC announced that Indiana's Will Sheehey and Northwestern's Drew Crawford will both compete in the Reese's Division I College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the Final Four Friday at the NCAA Tournament.
The All-Star game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. The teams are comprised of senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.
Sheehey will be a member of the East team, while Crawford will compete for the West squad. The game will be telecast on tape delay on Saturday, April 5, from Noon-2 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.
Upon graduation, most of the Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have gone on to successful careers. Of the nine inaugural honorees in 1915, at least three became physicians: Matthew Winters, a football and baseball player at Indiana, Herman Von Lackum, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Iowa and Boles Rosenthal, who participated in football and track & field at Minnesota. Von Lackum went into orthopaedics, while Rosenthal took his degree to California where he spent time coaching football. In addition to his medical degree, Winters worked as a cryptographer during World War II.