Conference Breakdown: No. 2 Big East
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Duane Wilson
Duane Wilson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 14, 2012


It was an excellent recruiting year in the Big East, and a big part of that is the strong and deep class coming to Marquette.

Best Class?

You have to give it up for Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles with the job they did in this recruiting class. Williams landed an extremely talented five man class that is led by four four-star prospects, three of them from the city of Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee trio of Deonte Burton, Jameel McKay, and Duane Wilson all bring something different to the table. Burton brings extreme athleticism and toughness. He can defend either forward spot with his strength and athleticism, and then is an excellent rebounder as well. Offensively he is capable of scoring off the dribble.

Wilson is the smooth combo guard who is a very good shooter to go along with being able to set up teammates. With long arms and solid lateral movement, Wilson is capable of being a good on-ball defender and will see time both on the ball and off the ball early in his college career.

Finally there is McKay who comes from junior college. He might be the best rebounder at the junior college level, and is someone who plays as hard as any player in the country. McKay will give maximum effort every single time down the floor and that should lead to extra possessions for the Golden Eagles due to offensive rebounds.

Not to be out done are guards Jajuan Johnson and John Dawson. Johnson is the highest rated recruit for Marquette and is one of the best wing scorers in the country. He has good athleticism and is just someone who does everything well. Dawson is known for his toughness and played for an under the radar AAU program. There are people that claim he could be the sleeper of this very talented group.

Overall this is an excellent class that ranks in the top 10 in the entire country. It might be Williams’ finest recruiting effort, and one that should keep Marquette right at the top of the Big East standings for years to come.

Other Winners?

Big East Rankings
1.  Marquette
2.  Louisville
3.  Notre Dame
4.  Syracuse
5.  Villanova
6.   Pittsburgh
7.  South Florida
8.  DePaul
9.  Seton Hall
10.  Connecticut
11.  Cincinnati
12.  Georgetown State
13.  Providence
14.  Rutgers
15.  St. John’s
Three schools that did an excellent job besides Marquette would be Louisville, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. All three reeled in a five-star prospect, and all land in the top 20 in the overall team rankings.

For Louisville it is a trio of backcourt stalwarts that make their class so dangerous. Junior College point guard Chris Jones could be the most explosive scorer coming into the league, Terry Rozier is getting better by leaps and bounds at prep school, and Anton Gill is as steady as they come. Add in a solid big man up front with Akoy Agau, and the Cardinals look like they will have no problems re-stocking their roster.

Notre Dame landed the biggest recruit of the Mike Brey era when hometown star Demetrius Jackson picked the school. It was arguably the most intense recruiting battle of the year with Illinois, and Jackson, who looks like he could play in the NFL or the NBA, brings big time athleticism and scoring ability to the Irish backcourt. Along with Jackson Notre Dame has a pair of very talented wings in V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia. Beachem will be one of the best shooters in the league while Vasturia can do a little bit of everything.

With Syracuse it starts at the point guard position where they reeled in Tyler Ennis. Ennis is one of the biggest winners in the class and has all the physical tools to be elite. Then it is a host of three-star prospects headed by prep school star Ron Patterson and local product Chinonso Obokoh. Both have good athleticism and long term are expected to have major impacts.

How the Big East Stacks Up?

Top Big East Prospects
Top Prospect:Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Best Scorer:Chris Jones, Louisville
Best Passer:Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Best Floor General: Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Best Shot Blocker: Kentan Facey, Connecticut
Best Post Player: John Egbunu, South Florida
Best Shooter:Reggie Cameron, Georgetown
Best Rebounder: Jameel McKay, Marquette
Best Athlete:Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Overall the Big East did a good job in this class. They landed their share of five-star prospects and then there is a ton of depth coming into the league. However the Big East still has a lot more coming its way.

Brandon Austin and Tyler Roberson are four-star prospects who will play their college basketball in the league and could decide at any moment, and then other big fish are still left on the board for the league to recruit.

While there isn't a top five national class in this group there are just so many quality players and some star players coming into the conference and it should remain as one of the best leagues in the country.


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