Sunday, November 04, 2007

Big East Preseason Ballot

Team Rankings-
  1. Georgetown
  2. Louisville
  3. Marquette
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Syracuse
  7. Connecticut
  8. Villanova
  9. Providence
  10. West Virginia
  11. DePaul
  12. Seton Hall
  13. Cincinnati
  14. St. John's
  15. Rutgers
  16. South Florida

Preseason Player of the Year-

Roy Hibbert- Georgetown- C

First Team All-Big East-

  • Dominic James-Marquette- G
  • Scottie Reynolds- Villanova- G
  • Jerel McNeal- Marquette- G
  • Jeff Adrien- Connecticut- F
  • Terrence Williams- Louisville- F

Second Team All-Big East-

  • Kentrell Gransberry- South Florida- C
  • Levance Fields- Pittsburgh- G
  • Eric Devendorf- Syracuse- G
  • Jonathan Wallace- Georgetown- G
  • Geoff McDermott- Providence- F

Third Team All-Big East-

  • Rob Kurz- Notre Dame- F
  • Edgar Sosa- Louisville- G
  • Paul Harris- Syracuse- F
  • Eugene Harvey- Seton Hall- G
  • Tory Jackson- Notre Dame- G

Preseason Freshman of the Year-

Jonny Flynn- Syracuse- G

First Team All-Conference-

  • Donte Greene- Syracuse- F
  • Austin Freeman- Georgetown- G
  • DeJuan Blair- Pittsburgh- C
  • Darquavis Tucker- DePaul- F
  • Mac Koshwal- DePaul- C

Second Team All-Conference-

  • Corey Fisher- Villanova- G
  • Corey Stokes- Villanova- G
  • Bradley Wanamaker- Pittsburgh- G
  • Rick Jackson-Syracuse- F
  • Antonio Jardine- Syracuse- G

Georgetown takes the top spot, led by the league's best in Hibbert. Louisville is next, with top players Sosa and Williams. Marquette will be better than last season as Dominic James continues to grow as a player. Pitt, Notre Dame, and Syracuse should finish together in the standings for a second year. Connecticut will make some strides to improve from a disappointing 06/07, but will not be contenders until this great sophomore class gets a little more experience. Villanova and Providence round out the league's possible NCAA bids.

Notre Dame gets only two bids on the all-conference teams with Kurz and Jackson. I used my end of season ballot from last year as the basis for this preseason attempt. Both could certainly go higher on the ballot by the end of the year with more responsibility this season.

All-Freshman teams are loaded with Syracuse, Pitt, DePaul, and Villanova players. Syracuse freshmen take four of eleven spots themselves. Ty Nash is the only ND player this year who could conceivably make the postseason all-freshman team.

Home against St. Edward's on Wednesday.

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