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: 15 days
- Georgetown’s Josh Smith, the transfer from UCLA, was granted immediate eligibility last night. It was expected that he might have to wait until the second semester, or even sit out this entire year, before being ruled eligible. It was also expected that he would only get that half year, or maybe one full year, of eligibility considering he played in the first six games of his junior season as a Bruin. However, he has two full season of eligibility remaining. The erratic and inconsistent NCAA did it again, and this time it was to the benefit of Josh Smith and Georgetown.
- CBSSports.com compiled a list of the top-30 freshmen for the upcoming season. Marquette’s JaJuan Johnson and Providence’s Brandon Austin landed on the list of 30. However, the Big East’s top incoming recruit, Rysheed Jordan, playing at St. John’s, was relegated to the ‘others’ portion of the list beyond the first 30 names. All three players are expected to have fairly significant roles on their respective teams as freshmen.
- CBSSports.com also compiled a list the top-20 under-the-radar freshmen heading into the new season. Xavier’s Myles Davis, who was forced to red shirt last season, was recognized in this regard.
- Collegebasketballtalk.com released their list of the nation’s top-20 wing forwards. Two Big East players – JaKarr Sampson of St. John’s and Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall – found their way onto this compilation. Sampson is coming off of a season in which he earned Big East Rookie of the Year honors, while Edwin is one of the more unrecognized players in the country given his consistent body of work.
- There are rule changes being implemented in the college game this season. The block/charge rule has been modified, along with hand-checking. It is all in an effort to increase the offensive output as scoring has been hovering near record lows in recent years.
- And can we once-and-for-all stop calling Georgetown’s offensive scheme a ‘Princeton-style’ offense. JT3 has had enough of that.