Mar 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Providence Friars head coach Ed Cooley during the first half against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Welcome to the ‘Morning Dump’; Big East Style


Starting today, Play For The Garden will be doing a daily ‘dump’ post each morning Monday through Friday.  It will be a compilation of links with commentary that will act as a one stop shop for everything Big East basketball.  Recruiting news, injury updates, game recaps, featured columns and links to other blogs are only some of the topics that you should expect to see here.  So stop back each morning to get your full Big East fix.

And since we are starting this in the middle of the week, this inaugural post will be comprised of news and stories covering the past few days.

Without further ado, our first batch of links:

  • It sounds possible that Georgetown could get UCLA transfer Josh Smith eligible sooner than expected.  If he finally realizes his potential he could be the most important player in the Big East given the skill set that goes with his extraordinary size.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/23949822/will-georgetown-get-josh-smith-for-the-entire-season

  • As expected, Georgetown isn’t expecting to see Greg Whittington in uniform this year after he tore his ACL over the summer.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/23950494/hoyas-thompson-we-dont-expect-whittington-to-play-this-year

  • Providence’s head coach Ed Cooley does it again by landing another big time recruit.  This time he scored 6-foot-8 forward Ben Bentil to add to the already talented class heading to PC in 2014.

http://zagsblog.com/articles/ben-bentil-to-providence/

  • St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin says the goal of his team this year is to win the Big East Tournament and make the NCAA Tournament.  Winning the conference tournament may actually be an easier feat than winning the Big East regular season championship.

http://zagsblog.com/articles/lavin-says-st-johns-goal-is-to-win-big-east-tournament/

  • Metta World Peace was going by the name of Ron Artest when he attended St. John’s in the late-90s.  They were in the Big East then and they are still in the Big East today – but he didn’t know that.

http://zagsblog.com/articles/metta-world-peace-unsure-what-league-st-johns-is-in/

  • SI.com is ranking the top college basketball programs in the country and a handful of Big East schools have been recognized as they make their way through.

http://college-basketball.si.com/2013/09/23/ranking-college-basketballs-current-top-20-programs/

http://college-basketball.si.com/2013/09/24/college-basketballs-20-best-current-programs-16-20/?sct=uk_t11_a2

  • Paint Touches, a site dedicated to Marquette basketball, has been running a multiple installment feature on Buzz Williams.  It’s a fun and informative read on the successful head coach.

http://painttouches.com/2013/09/30/with-buzz-williams-its-not-what-but-why/

  • Here’s a detailed analysis of the Villanova recruiting scene going a few years out:

http://www.vuhoops.com/2013/10/1/4789136/villanova-basketball-recruiting-2014-big-board-mikal-bridges-phil-booth

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