Previewing the Big East: Top 10 players headed into this season

Next conference up is the Big East.

If you have not heard already Tony Patelis @collegehoopsnews will be live on Periscope tonight discussing the Big East. The Periscope begins at 9:30 p.m.

These are not Tony’s rankings. Here’s wingspans preview of the top 10 players.

1.Angel Delgado Seton Hall 6’10 Senior

When it comes to Double-Doubles no one in College Basketball gets them like Angel Delgado. Last year as a Junior Delgado had 27 Double-Doubles and finished First Team All Big East last year. While most expected Delgado to head to the NBA after him averaging 15.2 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, his return instantly made the Pirates one of the favorites in the Big East. Look for Delgado to get around 30 Double-Doubles this season while averaging around 17 points and 15 rebounds per game and be one of the favorites to win Big East Player of the year. 

2.Trevon Bluiett Xavier 6’6” Senior

Last year as a Junior, Bliuett averaged 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and finished as First Team All-Big East.  After a mostly disappointing regular season Xavier caught fire in the NCAA Tournament mostly behind the play of Bluiett, who averaged 25 points per game in the Musketeers three Tournament wins. His return has Xavier fans excited again as they hope to play like they did in the NCAA Tournament for the entire season. Look for the Musketeers to finish in the Top four of the Big East and Bluiett to be in contention for Big East Player of the year. 

3.Jalen Brunson Villanova 6’3” Junior

Last year as a Sophomore Jalen Brunson stepped up his play and became Villanova’s undisputed Point Guard. Brunson as a Freshman averaged 9.6 points and 2.5 assists per game but as a Sophomore he stepped up to average 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. After the departure of Josh Hart, Villanova has become Brunson’s team. Look for him to become a 17 point and 5 assist player as a Junior and look for him to help lead Villanova to another Big East title. 

4.Marcus Foster Creighton 6’3” Senior

As a Junior, Foster finished First team All-Big East by averaging 18.3 points per game. While Foster lacks in other facets of his game, his ability to make shots in Close games is what makes him such a key player. This year look for Foster to average more than 20 points per game and lead Creighton to another NCAA Tournament. 

5.Kelan Martin Butler 6’7” Senior

Last year as a Junior Kelan Martin averaged 16.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game which lead Butler is scoring. This year Butler loses three of its five leading scorers, so Martin will be forced to step up his play. Look for Martin to average around 18 points and 7 rebounds per game and finish First Team All Big East, while leading Butler to another NCAA Tournament. 

6.Kyron Cartwright Providence 5’11” Senior

Last year as a Junior Cartwright averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 assists per game, his 6.7 assists per game lead the conference by 2.5 assists and was fourth in the entire NCAA. Cartwright’s ability to get his teammates involved is what helped get Providence into the Tournament last year and has them as a Top-25 team coming into the season. This year look for Cartwright to continue to be a pass-first player and Finish First or Second team All-Big East.

7.Khadeen Carrington Seton Hall 6’4” Senior

After Seton Hall lost Isaiah Whitehead to the NBA, Carrington stepped up in big ways, especially offensively. Carrington finished the season averaging 17.1 points per game and finished second Team All-Big East. With mostly everyone back for the Pirates, expect more of the same from Carrington, but look for him to try and be more efficient. Look for Carrington to average around 18 points and 4 assists per game and finish either First or Second Team All-Big East.

8.Rodney Bullock Providence 6’8” Junior

Providence should be considered by most as a Top-25 team and the main reason is that they return everyone from last years tournament team. The best player on the Friars is Rodney Bullock who finished second team All-Big East last year by averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Look for more of the same from Bullock this season but do expect the Friars to be better as a team overall. 

9.Mikal Bridges Villanova 6’7” Senior

Villanova lost three starters from last years team, yet mostly everyone has them as the favorites in the Big East and that is because of their talented rotation. Bridges is arguably the best out of this group and definitely the most versatile. Bridges is 6’7” with a 7’0” and can guard any positions and occasionally have high scoring games. This year look for Bridges to improve his consistency on offense and continue to play great defense. His improvement this year can make the difference in Villanova’s season success. 

10.Phil Booth Villanova 6’3” RS-Junior

Last year Phil Booth missed all but three games with a knee injury, but the year before Booth was a key component to Villanova’s national championship run, notably scoring 20 in the title game. This year look for Booth to not only return but become a key component to this years team as the starting Shooting Guard. Look for Booth to finish somewhere in the ballpark of 12 points and 4 assists and finish as a All-Big East player.

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