There is still a lot in the way of recruiting and early departures to the NBA. If the players who are supposed to go pro do declare, here is a look at how the Big East will look next year.
1. Syracuse: Lots of returning star-power and a great incoming freshman class.
2. Pitt: The loss of Jermaine Dixon will hurt, but the Panthers return everyone else.
3. Cincy: Lance Stephenson will be a force to be reckoned with as he'll lead the Bearcats and their solid supporting cast to the top of the Big East.
4. Villanova: The 'Cats were very deep last year, so they'll have plenty to work with despite the loss of Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding.
5. West Virginia: Kevin Jones and "Truck" Bryant bring the Mountaineers back to the top echelon of the conference.
6. Georgetown: Hollis Thompson and Julian Vaughn will emerge for the Hoyas and complement Chris Wright and Austin Freeman to keep Georgetown towards the top of the Big East.
7. UConn: The Huskies return a plethora of quality big men to go along with Kemba Walker and skilled freshman Roscoe Smith.
8. St. John's: D.J. Kennedy will lead an experienced Red Storm squad.
9. Marquette: Buzz Williams brought in a great recruiting class to compensate for the losses of Lazar Hayward, Maurice Acker, and David Cubilan.
10. Louisville: The Cards lose a lot of star-power in Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith, Reginald Delk, and probably Samardo Samuels, but the role players from last year will step up.
11. Providence: Keno Davis brought in a couple of backcourt stars in recruiting to help the losses of Sharaud Curry and Brian McKenzie, while Jamine Peterson, Marshon Brooks, and Bilal Dixon will lead the Friars in the frontcourt.
12 Rutgers: Rutgers took a hit with the loss of Hamady Ndiaye, but he is their only departed player, so if someone can prove to be a good staring center, the Scarlet Knights could be move up in the Big East.
13. Notre Dame: The losses of three starters (Luke Harangody, Tory Jackson, Ben Hansbrough) will sting the Irish, but Tim Abromitas will keep them competitive.
14. South Florida: The Bulls lose a lot in Mike Mercer, Chris Howard, and probably star Dominique Jones. They still have a formidable frontcourt though.
15. Seton Hall: The Pirates will most likely lose six key players who all started at least 15 games. These six include Jeremy Hazell, Herb Pope, Jeff Robinson, Robert Mitchell, John Garcia, and Eugene Harvey. That's simply too much to lose and still be a good team.
16. DePaul: The Blue Demons remain in dead last in the conference after losing Will Walker and Mac Koshwal, who will leave for the NBA Draft if he knows what's good for him. They have some solid freshman coming in, but no returning players of note.