The blogosphere is beginning to weigh in on the new Big East and the projections have been wide and versatile. NBA.com and SNYtv.com’s Adam Zagoria recently offered his two cents. He has Xavier picked to finish fourth.
4. XAVIER (17-14, 9-7 Atlantic 10)
Like Butler, Chris Mack and Xavier are making the jump to the Big East from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Sophomore guard Semaj Christon, the team’s leading scorer at 15.2 ppg with 4.6 apg, returns, as does junior guard Dee Davis (8.2 ppg, 3.4 apg) and senior forward Isaiah Philmore (7.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg). The Musketeers also add some nice pieces in 6-10 Matt Stainbrook, who averaged 11.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg at Western Michigan in 2011-12, and 6-8 Aleksandar “Aleks” Vezenkov, a Bulgarian who never signed a pro contract with his Greek pro team. New Jersey sharpshooter Myles Davis, a 6-1 guard, a 6-9 forward Jaylen Reynolds are both eligible after the NCAA declared both ineligible last season.
He’s got Georgetown repeating as regular season champions and Marquette finishing just behind them. Click here to read the article in its entirety.