Posted On: 11/16/18 5:39 PM
The Big East combination of Midwest and East Coast basketball programs has left their mark on the recruiting world led by defending national champion Villanova.
One. Villanova. Coach Jay Wright has put together the strongest four player group of talent in the 2019 class so far. Two five star players headline the group with Bryan Antoine signing out of New Jersey (14th overall) and forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (12th overall) signing out of Kansas. Shooting guard Justin Moore is a top 50 player in 2019 and 4-star power forward Eric Dixon is ranked 80th overall. The champs are looking to fill the class with one more player and have their eyes on Isaiah Stewart and Matthew Hurt.
Two. Xavier. Travis Steele and his staff has six spots to fill and so far they have signed five strong players giving the Musketeers a top ten class overall and the second best in the Big East. Four of those committed players rank between 95th and 110 in the country meaning four back end four star level players. Dekeyvan Tandy and Dahmir Bishop are the future backcourt while Zach Freemantle and Daniel Ramsey are impressive names coming to Cincinnati to play in the paint.
Three. DePaul. The Blue Demon fan base has been waiting for big names to be added and Coach Dave Leitao has delivered. Romeo Weems signed to play at DePaul out of Michigan. The 6-foot-6 wing is ranked 32nd in the country. Former Kansas commit Markese Jacobs, a four star recruit from Chicago, signed to play the point and shooting guard Oscar Lopez has inked with the Blue Demons with 3.5 stars to his name and 118th ranked national talent position put on his game.
Fourth. Butler. Four star shooting guard Khalif Battle out of Trenton, New Jersey is the perfect four star prospect to come into LaVall Jordan’s program and make an instant scoring impact. Local product John-Michael Mulloy from Carmel, Indiana worked his way into the initial Prep Hoops top 250. Mulloy is a 6-foot-10 center that many consider to be a major sleeper.
Five. Providence. It’s not always about quality as much as it is quantity, and four star 6-foot-7 small forward Greg Gantt is definitely quantity. Ed Cooley is not done looking to add talent to the frontcourt (Tyrese Samuel, Karim Coulibaly, etc) but Gantt is a great start.
Six. Georgetown. Head Coach Patrick Ewing hopes Cole Anthony (Hoyas are in the final six for Anthony) wants to play in the traditionally strong Hoyas program. Ewing signed a pair of 6-foot-11 centers in top 125 level big Malcolm Wilson from South Carolina and project Tim Igoheofe out of New York,
Seven. Creighton. The Jays made it a goal to keep point guard Shereef Mitchell at home and the Omaha talent made the decision to stay local this summer. Mitchell signed with Creighton this week.
Eight. Marquette. Wojo filled one spot with 6-foot-4 guard Dexter Akanno from Castaic, California this summer. Akanno is now at Blair Academy in Jersey where his defense is making a statement.
Nine. Seton Hall. The Pirates are looking to add two players in 2019 and so far they haven’t been able to grab a commitment.
Nine. St. John’s. The Red Storm are one of the most talented teams in the league now, and are expected to be next year with most players returning. Only one scholarship to five in 2019 and so far it hasn’t been filled.
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