- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
The Big East currently has three teams in the top 25 and could have as many as six teams in the NCAA tournament. This conference has six prospects in the ESPN 100 along with several four-stars who could develop into very good players.
Let's take a look and see what kind of help is on the way for next season as the conference's crop is highlighted by three top-40 classes.
Most impactful class: Marquette
Coach Steve Wojciechowski put together a blockbuster class after just six months on the job, securing commitments before he even coached a game. The class includes a top-five player and the No. 2 power forward in the country, Henry Ellenson. Ellenson brings size, skill, a wide body and a workman's approach to the court. He will be utilized as a versatile forward who will both face up and grind down low, and the offense will flow through him as he contributes and influences this program immediately. Filling out the class is fellow top-100 player Haanif Cheatham (No. 82), who will bring versatility, IQ and upside as he grows with the program. Center Matt Heldt brings skilled size and promise while Sacar Anim -- the No. 2 player in the state of Minnesota -- is a fierce worker and defender. Wojo's recruiting plan is to identify and land workers who are gym rats with the talent to strengthen Marquette. Mission accomplished.