Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mike Vorkunov Predicts the Big East

1. Louisville: Too many guys who are multi-talented and the best coach in the conference, I hope Rick Pitino knows a good place to get Italian in Detroit.
2. Connecticut: A.J. Price needs to stay healthy this year, but will be helped by Kemba Walker in the backcourt. If Hasheem Thabeet develops a post game, watch out.
3. Notre Dame- Harangody and McLarney are the best inside-out combo in the conference.
4. Villanova- Scottie Reynolds will lead the conference in scoring, and the Coreys will make the jump.
5. Pittsburgh- Levance Fields needs to stay healthy this year in Big East play. Is there enough depth?
6. Georgetown- Roy Hibbert is gone, and it’s not a bad thing. Expect a huge year from Dajaun Summers.
7. Syracuse- Only ahead of Marquette because Johnny Flynn is that good.
8. West Virginia- Should be much improved in Bob Huggins’ second year, helped by a talented freshman class.
9. Marquette- Backcourt is great. Frontcourt is nonexistent.
10. Providence- Geoff McDermott is for real and Sharaud Curry is back. But can Keno Davis adjust?
11. Rutgers- JR Inman will be the key for this team, he needs to have a good year.
12. Cincinnati- Deonta Vaughn will lead this team, but will need help from Mike Williams.
13. St. John’s- A make-or-break year for Norm Roberts. He’ll have to rely heavily on Anthony Mason Jr.
14. DePaul- Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal are good. Teams will learn that the hard way this year.
15. Seton Hall- I love Gonzo, but it’s going to be a long year if they only have eight scholarship players
16. South Florida- Stan Heath is a standup guy and a great interview. That’s the best thing I can say about
this team.

Preseason Player of the Year:
Scottie Reynolds

Rookie of the Year:
Samardo Samuels

All-Big East Team
A.J. Price
Scottie Reynolds
Luke Harangody
Terrence Williams
Sam Young
Johnny Flynn

Darkhorse Player of the Year:
DaJuan Summers

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