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: 21 days
- The USA Today Coaches’ Poll was released yesterday; only one Big East team found their way into the top-25, the Marquette Golden Eagles - the same team picked to win the conference at Big East Media Day on Wednesday. Creighton, Georgetown and Villanova also received votes in the USA Today poll.
- Jameel McKay, a highly touted JUCO player who transferred to Marquette for this season, has opted to leave the program before ever playing a game. Coach Buzz Williams has made a killing finding talented JUCO players and turning them into stars. McKay was supposed to be next in line as a Golden Eagle. He made his announcement via Twitter Thursday morning mentioning personal reasons. Marquette has a deep and experienced front court this year, and maybe he knew playing time would be limited.
- Marquette did get a dose of good news later in the day however when Marial Shayok, a 6-foot-6 forward from Canada, announced his commitment to the school. He’s a 4-star recruit per ESPN.
- There are many talented freshman in the Big East this year, but the two that are expected to have the biggest impact are Rysheed Jordan with St. John’s and Brandon Austin with Providence. If one, the other, or both of those teams are to make the NCAA Tournament, it will have a lot to do with the play of those two players.
- We all know that Doug McDermott is really good at the game of basketball, but now he’s even being compared to NBA greats: Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki. He should be wearing a NBA uniform a year from now, and will have a chance to be as great as those guys at the next level.
- And I think we can all agree that the Big East currently feels weird, but that it is still a really good league. Comments about the Big East not being the same will persist all season long, but I expect the play on the court will settle people down. And a year from now people will be talking about how perfect this 10 team league is.