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: 17 days
- Collegebasketballtalk.com ranked the top-20 lead guards in the nation yesterday. Semaj Christon, the point guard for Xavier, made the list.
- Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports compiled a list of the least appreciated players in the country where Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin is recognized.
- The ‘One and One’ blog on SI.com is going conference by conference labeling a program that is on the uptrend and a program trending in the opposite direction. Villanova is seen as being on the uptrend while Butler (to no surprise) is seen as being on the downtrend in the Big East.
- JayVaughn Pinkston of Villanova had a scary incident with MRSA over the summer. It sounds as if he currently has a clean bill of health, but it could have been much worse as he was out of commission for about a month.
- The crew at CBSSports.com drafted college basketball fantasy teams as a better was of displaying their top players for the season. Two Big East players ended up being drafted.
- Trevon Bluiett, a 6-foot-5 small forward, recently visited with Butler and plans to visit with Xavier this week. Bluiett is ESPN’s 43rd ranked prospect in the class of 2014 and recently decommitted from UCLA. I read a tweet last night that stated they wouldn’t be surprised if he committed to Xavier this week on his visit.
- St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin checked out Isaiah Briscoe over the weekend. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from New Jersey is ESPN’s 20th ranked prospect in the class of 2015.
- Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington, two of Seton Hall’s four recruits in 2014 that make it a top-10 ranked class, are already talking Final Four. Hey, you got to set your expectations high.
- We told you how the great hot dog eating Kobayashi will be at Seton Hall’s Midnight Madness this Friday. But it is now known that head coach Kevin Willard (amongst others) will be challenging the former eating champion.