Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shouts in the direction of an official during a second-round game against Kansas in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Michigan star D.J. Wilson snapped the Big Ten's drought at the NBA Draft on Thursday when Milwaukee made him the 17th overall pick.
Still, one of the nation's top leagues failed to produce a lottery pick for the first time since 2011.
By skipping over the Big Ten through the first half of the first round, NBA teams seemed to confirm what many observers thought last winter _ that the league was down in 2016-17 despite a turnaround of sorts in the NCAA Tournament.
The last time the conference had to wait so long to see one of their own get picked came six years ago, when JaJuan Johnson of Purdue was selected 27th overall by New Jersey.
To be fair, Michigan State's Miles Bridges might have been taken near the top of the draft had he not decided to return to school. But the snub comes one year after the Big Ten barely snuck into the lottery when Chicago took Denzel Valentine with the 14th pick.
Indiana's OG Anunoby was picked 23rd by Toronto later Thursday, and Portland took Purdue star Caleb Swanigan with the 26th selection.
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