2007-08 Big East Stats Preview: Part One

    
September 28th, 2007

This is the fourth of six (really seven since I've divided the Big East into two parts) mini statistical previews of the major conferences. Each one includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).
Cincinnati
G Jamaul Warren - 7, 3, 4
G Deonta Vaughn - 13, 3, 4
F Alvin Mitchell - 13, 3, 3
F John Williamson - 15, 7, 1
C Anthony McClain - 6, 5, 1
6 Marcus Sikes - 8, 4, 1
Another starting fives that's not set in stone. Warren could easily come off the bench, placing Vaughn at the point, Mitchell up to the two, and another newcomer such as Mike Williams or Rashad Bishop at forward. Filling out the rotation will be senior Marvin Gentry.
Connecticut
G AJ Price - 14, 3, 5
G Jerome Dyson - 14, 4, 3
F Stanley Robinson - 10, 6, 1
F Jeff Adrien - 15, 10, 1
C Hasheem Thabeet - 10, 8, 0
6 Marcus Johnson - 7, 5, 1
Everyone on this team has a chance of putting up serious numbers. Robinson could be replaced by Johnson in the starting five, but I still feel he's the best option. Besides Johnson, the other key players off the bench are Craig Austrie and Doug Wiggins. Expect Price to improve though and really lock down the majority of point guard minutes.
DePaul
G Will Walker - 6, 2, 2
G Draelon Burns - 11, 3, 3
F Karron Clarke - 11, 4, 1
F Wes Green - 7, 5, 1
C Mac Koshwal - 9, 7, 1
6 Dar Tucker - 10, 4, 2
DePaul has some intriguing pieces but I'm not sure how it fits all together. Point guard is the major concern, as Walker will compete with Cliff Clinkscales and Jabarie Currie for time. It might not make sense either to start both Green and Koshwal, but most of this team's depth is at guard.
Georgetown
G Jonathan Wallace - 12, 3, 4
G Jessie Sapp - 9, 4, 4
G Austin Freeman - 13, 3, 3
F DaJuan Summers - 13, 5, 1
C Roy Hibbert - 13, 9, 1
6 Patrick Ewing Jr. - 5, 3, 1
This is one of the most well-rounded starting five's you'll find anywhere. Although I listed Ewing as the 6th man, he's not really anymore important than the rest of G'Town's bench. In fact, this might end up being the only Big East squad that legitimately goes 10 deep.
Louisville
G Edgar Sosa - 10, 2, 4
G Jerry Smith - 10, 4, 2
F Terrence Williams - 15, 7, 4
F Earl Clark - 9, 5, 2
C David Padgett - 11, 7, 2
6 Derrick Character - 11, 6, 1
If Character doesn't start, he could be the best reserve in the country.. unless Juan Palacios gets knocked out of the starting five as well. Add backup point guard Andre McGee into the mix and you have a sick bench. The Cards will end up having 3 bench players that would not only start for almost every other team, but star.
Marquette
G Dominic James - 18, 3, 6
G Jerel McNeal - 16, 4, 4
G Wesley Matthews - 12, 6, 2
F Lazard Hayward - 11, 5, 1
F Ousmae Barro - 9, 7, 1
6 Dan Fitzgerald - 8, 4, 1
I strongly expect James to bounce back from a down offensive season. With the exception of possibly Villanova, Marquette will have the most statistically productive backcourt.
Notre Dame
G Tory Jackson - 7, 3, 5
G Kyle McAlarney - 12, 2, 5
F Zach Hillesland - 11, 6, 3
F Rob Kurz - 12, 9, 2
F Luke Harangody - 13, 7, 1
6 Ryan Ayers - 6, 3, 1
Even after winning 24 games, Notre Dame won't go into the season with much respect. But they don't have any major holes except for lack of guard depth. Besides Ayers, junior Luke Zeller and freshman forward Tyrone Nash will play important minutes off the bench.
Pittsburgh
G Levance Fields - 11, 4, 7
G Ronald Ramon - 11, 2, 3
F Mike Cook - 13, 4, 3
F Sam Young - 10, 6, 1
F Tyrell Biggs - 6, 3, 1
6 DeJuan Blair - 8, 4, 1
Who knows what will happen with Fields, but I still included him in the starting five. I also included the junior Biggs in there, but local product Blair could easily overtake him. Still, those two will split the time up front.
I'll be back with Providence through West Virginia shortly, which will include the conference leaders.