With Midnight Madness over and the NBA preseason nearing an end, here is a quick update of what Big East players from the past three years are currently on pro-rosters. This does not necessarily mean some of these players will make the final spots on their team’s respective rosters.
First we’ll start with the local teams. The Knicks will see major minutes this year from former DePaul forward Wilson Chandler, while former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. is vying for a final spot on the team — but will most likely start the year in the D-League. Josh Boone (Connecticut) will still see productive minutes for the Nets this season.
Former DePaul forward Andre Brown is currently playing for the Bobcats. If anyone remembers, Demetris Nichols (Syracuse) almost made the Knicks’ roster last year, but is now on the Bulls preseason roster along with Pittsburgh big man Aaron Gray. Syracuse’s own “overrated” sharpshooter Gerry McNamara is trying to make the Utah Jazz final cut.
Marcus Williams (UConn) returns to Golden State, while former Notre Dame forward Rob Kurz surprisingly is still on the Warriors preseason roster. Hoyas big man Roy Hibbert will begin his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, while Joe Alexander (WVU) joins the Milwaukee Bucks. Trying to make the final roster for the Clippers are former Villanova star Curtis Sumpter and former Marquette swingman Steve Novak.
Memphis will once again look to get great contributions from Kyle Lowry (Nova) and will look for Rudy Gay (UConn) to dominate the league. Right now, the Heat roster includes Chris Quinn (ND) and James Padgett (Louisville).
Randy Foye (Nova) will once again be running the point for Minnesota, while Jeff Green (Georgetown) looks to improve on a solid rookie season for Oklahoma City. Joining Quincy Douby (RU) in Sacramento will be Syracuse stud forward Donte Green. And Rutgers fans will be happy to see fan favorite Darryl Watkins (Syracuse) on the Spurs roster.
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