Big East preview: Conference comes back to pack
The Big East will take a hit this year.
Then again, how could it not?
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After the league was as dominant as ever a year ago, the Big East lost plenty of its star power and should take a significant step down this season.
Gone are guys like Hasheem Thabeet, Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price from UConn. Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf have left Syracuse and so has the Pittsburgh trio of DeJuan Blair, Sam Young and Levance Fields. Providence has completely turned over, and Marquette graduated its guard trio of Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews and Dominic James. Louisville's best player, Terrence Williams, is also history.
There are still quality teams. Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Louisville and Georgetown are legitimate Sweet 16 contenders, but it'll be interesting to see what other programs step up.
1. West Virginia
8. Notre Dame
10. Seton Hall
11. St. John's
14. South Florida
Small forward: Devin Ebanks, 6-7, 210, Soph., West Virginia
2008-09 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg
Power forward: Greg Monroe, 6-11, 245, Soph., Georgetown
2008-09 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.5 bpg
Center: Luke Harangody, 6-8, 240, Sr., Notre Dame
2008-09 Stats: 23.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg
Point guard: Kemba Walker, 6-1, 175, Soph., UConn
2008-09 Stats: 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg
Shooting guard: Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, 190, Sr., Villanova
2008-09 Stats: 15.2 ppg, 3.4 apg