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Boilermakings for 5/17/2011

First off I want to wish a Happy Birthday to the official nephew of Hammer & Rails. My oldest nephew turns 16 today, now making him older than I was when he was born. He's a good kid though, and a possible Boilermaker in a few years. That would make us a three generation Purdue family too!

In the meantime, I have been slacking on doing these morning link dumps, but they are supposed to be great for traffic. I have found a new link that does most of the work for me, so expect the frequency of these Boilermakings posts to return some. I'll move most of the features tot he afternoons, while Andy is expected to have a pretty big AAU update for us from the past two weekends. I do want to thank everyone who has been posting updates they find as FanShots or FanPosts. That helps me a lot.

Additions and subtractions cause small shakeup in latest Big Ten basketball power rankings obviously has no idea what it is talking about when picking next year's Big Ten order.

24. JaJuan Johnson | NBA Draft 2011: The Top 50 Big Board and Where Every Player Could Get Drafted | Bleacher Report
A Slideshow with the top 50 picks in the Draft, including JJ and Smooge.

Byrd, Johnson, Smith have productive springs | Purdue Insider blog | The Indianapolis Star |
D.J. Byrd, Terone Johnson, and Ryne Smith have productive springs

Lakers: Impact rookies from the 2011 NBA Draft - Los Angeles Sports |
This is pure speculation, but it lists E`Twaun as a possible impact rookie with the Lakers.

Purdue’s Johnson, Moore; Butler’s Mack – but not Howard – invited to NBA predraft combine | Pacers Insider blog | The Indianapolis Star |
Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson, E`Twaun Moore; Butler’s Shelvin Mack – but not Howard – invited to NBA predraft combine

Hoosiers prospect wants to improve game | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN
There is a bit here about Derek Willis and Basil Smotherman. Willis was especially impressive in Bloomington this weekend.