Right here, we’re going to be speaking concerning the males’s basketball preseason picks forward of Media Day on Tuesday. What we’ve completed right here is gotten the #mubbPAC group of Paint Touches, Anonymous Eagle, and Cracked Sidewalks back together to truly vote and have a consensus on who one of the best gamers and groups within the Huge East are this season. Let’s simply get proper to it, we could?
Preseason Participant of the 12 months: Julian Champagnie, St. John’s
All-Huge East Workforce
Additionally Receiving Votes: Posh Alexander, Myles Cale, Zach Freemantle, Justin Lewis, Aminu Mohammed, Justin Moore, Trey Patterson, Jared Rhoden, Kadary Richmond, Jermaine Samuels, Isaiah Whaley
We did a ranked poll for the preseason all-conference staff with all 9 voters rating 5 gamers every. Whoever received essentially the most factors could be the Preseason POY and the subsequent 4 level totals would spherical out the all-conference staff.
Julian Champagnie beat out Collin Gillespie for the POY award right here type of as a result of Champagnie appeared on all 9 ballots whereas Gillespie didn’t. Paul Scruggs, who got here in third, was the one different participant to look on all 9 ballots.
Everybody you see within the Additionally Receiving Votes division there appeared on precisely one poll. In truth, a type of guys — I’ll allow you to guess — technically tied RJ Cole for fifth place with 5 factors as a result of they have been somebody’s high of the chart decide as Preseason POY. Nonetheless, since they have been on one poll and Cole appeared on three and having a six man staff is silly, the tie was damaged by the poll depend.
How about some voting commentary?
Alan Bykowski, Cracked Sidewalks: Scruggs must be right here if Xavier goes to be a tourney staff. It sucks for Watson that he performs for this yr’s Windfall staff. They’re going nowhere, however he’s a stud.
Ben Snider, Nameless Eagle: I preserve that Gillespie is wildly overrated and an enormous a part of why Villanova’s protection kinda stinks, however I additionally assume the voters gained’t care as soon as they see he’s the purpose guard/main scorer/acquainted title on a high 15 staff. As for Cole, Somebody on UConn has to attain. I assume?
Joe McCann, Cracked Sidewalks: Champagnie goes to be one of many high scorers within the league, if not THE high scorer. So, he’ll have a fantastic shot at participant of the yr, however Gillespie has that entire “chief of the (possible) convention champions” factor going for him. If Villanova seems to be pretty much as good as all of us assume it is going to be, Gillespie will get plenty of help for POY.
Tim Blair, Cracked Sidewalks: In his eighth season of eligibility, Gillespie holds off Champagnie for POY because the Wildcats win the league regardless of ongoing harm considerations on the roster.
Preseason Freshman of the 12 months: Aminu Mohammed, Georgetown
Additionally Receiving Votes: Ryan Nembhard, Creighton (two votes), Rati Andronikashvili, Creighton, Rahsool Diggins, Connecticut
I really thought this was going to be a little bit of a runaway vote, however the high ranked prospect coming into the Huge East this season solely picked up 5 of the 9 accessible votes. Greater than sufficient to win simply as nobody else snagged greater than two, however nonetheless not a dramatic runaway choice for the Georgetown wing.
Joe McCann, Cracked Sidewalks: Not going to overthink this one: [Mohammed]’s the one five-star freshman within the league, and he’s taking part in on a Georgetown staff that can most likely get him the ball as a lot as he needs it. He ought to put up some massive numbers this yr, even when they might not result in plenty of wins for the Hoyas.
Tim Blair, Cracked Sidewalks: A fantastic participant on a nasty staff earns Ewing a profitable contract extension (sure!)
Predicted Order Of End
1 — Villanova, 99 factors
2 — Connecticut, 87 factors
3 — Xavier, 77 factors
T4 — St. John’s, 69 factors
T4 — Seton Corridor, 69 factors
6 — Butler, 52 factors
7 — Windfall, 42 factors
8 — Marquette, 36 factors
9 — Creighton, 32 factors
10 — Georgetown, 21 factors
11 — DePaul, 10 factors
Just one spot on this ballot was unanimous, and that’s Villanova on the high. They received all 9 first place votes, and rightly so. Everybody else was picked at a number of locations between 2 and 11 with solely a lone vote for tenth place stopping DePaul from being the unanimous decide because the final place staff.
As a result of I do know you’re now desperately curious: Georgetown is the final place staff on that poll.
Let’s see what the voters needed to say:
Tim Blair, Cracked Sidewalks: Loads of of us will decide MU to be nearer the underside, however I’m bullish on Shaka Sensible shortly establishing a constant defensive identification with two senior leaders, Darryl Morsell and Kur Kuath. This system ought to lastly start to return to its historic roots this season, that of a tough-minded, aggressive (violent?!) bunch that performs tenacious protection. Whereas the staff will wrestle to attain persistently, a return to well being for Justin Lewis ought to give MU a close to go-to scorer, whereas Greg Elliott figures to be one of many league’s most effective deep shooters. Add in a bunch of (very athletic) unknowns throughout the board – David Joplin, Stevie Mitchell, and Oso Ighodaro specifically — and Sensible will possible depend on a deep, reasonably unpredictable rotation that’ll be unsettling for followers and opponents alike. Some would possibly name that Havoc 2.0.
Ben Snider, Nameless Eagle: On Seton Corridor at #2 — I nonetheless assume Bryce Aiken has another run in him. Sue me.
On Xavier at #5 — That is the Wojo 2019-2020 check for Xavier’s Travis Steele. He must do one thing first rate with this roster to maintain his job, however I don’t assume he’ll
On DePaul at #11 — I’m formally predicting that the subsequent 2 years would be the worst in DePaul’s historical past. I believe Stubblefield is a horrendous rent, particularly for DePaul’s present state of affairs. If you happen to’re going to rent a man with first rate recruiting chops however associates himself an excessive amount of with guys which have fairly shady pasts, there no less than must be an present tradition of success and good characters to hope that will get smothered out. That is the primary rent for a model new AD making an attempt to carry the items collectively. It would get ugly.
Phil Bush, Cracked Sidewalks: I believe the highest two (18-2, 17-3 kind information) won’t be wherever near the pack and the pack (3-9 within the standings) will all be inside a recreation or two of one another.
Joe McCann, Cracked Sidewalks: Expertise could be a massive deal in school hoops. The quantity of returning minutes for Xavier and Butler are noteworthy, in order that’s why I’m excessive on these two groups. However Villanova nonetheless returns lots, and Jay Wright continues to be there final I checked. So, they’re a straightforward option to win the league.
Alan Bykowski, Cracked Sidewalks: On UConn at #2 — Stout D, however who will bail them out once they want a bucket? Tourney staff, however most likely within the 6-8 vary.
On Seton Corridor at #3 — This is the final staff I really feel assured will make the NCAAs. I believe the league will get 5 bids, however after this, it’s a blender. Grudgingly giving Willard the credit score that he often finds a means.
On St. John’s at #4 — On paper a tourney staff, however so many new items and unsure in the event that they’ll match. We’ve seen gifted Johnnies groups disappoint earlier than.
On Creighton at #10 — They return nobody and McDermott isn’t a man who sometimes wins with freshmen. In a pair years they need to be actually good, however not now.
And that’s our ballot outcomes and commentary? Acquired questions? Acquired complaints? Acquired unsettled grudges? That’s what the feedback part is for! Drop ‘em in there in case you received ‘em.