Quote by Conference 4 – Battle of the giants
The favorite: Villanova
Despite losing two of the team’s most important players, Villanova kept most of the core that won it all last April. Mikal Bridges is expected to have a season on par with his talent, helping the team to make up for Arcidiacono and Ochefu. Omari Spellman has been declared ineligible, but Hart, Brunson, Jenkins and Booth will do their part as usual.
Runner up: Xavier
The backcourt is returning, but the team’s frontcourt has been overhauled and their effectiveness on the boards is yet to be tested. It’s up to the newcomers to produce, because the backcourt is truly elite for college basketball and worth more than a usually unlucky Sweet 16 appearance. The two freshmen, guard Quentin Goodin and forward Tyrique Jones, might be playing big minutes soon.
Outsiders: Creighton, Butler
Creighton finally found an identity after losing the best player in campus history in Doug McDermott, and now the team leader will be Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster. Butler, on the other hand, lost Roosvelt Jones and Kellan Dunham, but the coaching remains elite and still has a system to rely on.
Stelle: Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, Sr) L.J Peak (Gerogetown, SF, Jr), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier, SF, Jr)
Josh Hart might be collecting awards this season, since he is the heart and soul of the team and he is the man in charge. L.J. Peak and Trevor Bluiett are the two best Nba prospects in the Big East. The former is a great offensive player with good shooting touch and has the ability to get into the paint, while he takes advantage of his long arms on defense to smother his opponents.
Freshmen: Kobe Paras (Creighton, SG)
Omari Spellman would have been the best freshman in the conference, but he is not eligible and Villanova will have to wait for next season to watch him play. It was a complicated summer for Kobe Paras as well, who signed for UCLA and was then forced to withdraw because of his low marks on his SAT. He signed his letter of intent with Creighton.