The Morning Dump is a daily post compiling a list of links and commentary of various Big East topics.
Countdown to the first games of the college basketball season: 24 days
- Today is an exciting day: It is Big East Media Day. That means we are getting very close to the start of the college basketball season. The festivities are taking place at the Chelsea Piers in New York City from 9:30am to 4pm and you can follow all of the action with video right from the official Big East site. The coaches poll and player awards will be released fairly early in the event, and the rest of the day will consist of countless interviews and conferences. It will be a fun day and a lot to take in for all you junkies.
- The crew at CBSSports.com released their list of the top-100 players in the nation this year. It is not a list of the best pro prospects, but rather a list of the best college basketball players for the 2013-14 season. The Big East had a total of six players make their annual list. Should have been more.
- Collegebasketballtalk.com, who runs a good season preview by the way, continued down the road of their top-25 teams yesterday. Coming in at #14 was the Marquette Golden Eagles. This is a talented team who I picked to win the Big East this year, but this is higher than most other publications for a preseason national ranking.
- Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports compiled a list of the top-10 ‘glue guy’s in the country. I knew one Big East player was a lock for this recognition (Creighton’s Grant Gibbs), but I didn’t expect there to be two other players from the conference on the list – Sir’Dominic Pointer of St. John’s and Nate Lubick from Georgetown.
- And finally on this Wednesday, a list of the top dunkers in the country (with videos) – the Big East has three players on this list of 20. Two incoming freshman – Deonte Burton of Marquette and Brandon Austin of Providence – along with the returning Big East Rookie of the Year – JaKarr Sampson of St. John’s – are recognized as some of the best-of-the-best at throwing it down.