- Adam Finkelstein
With the final 2013 class rankings set and the late signing period over, here's a team-by-team breakdown of the 2013 basketball recruiting classes in the Big East, complete with final grades for all 15 teams. Since this is the final year for the Big East as we know it -- some teams will move to the ACC, others to the newly formed American Athletic Conference, and still others will stay in the new incarnation of the Big East -- these grades can be considered the final exams for the conference.
Note: Teams are as of conference alignment for the 2012-13 season and not future conference realignment.
Jim Boeheim is leaving the Big East in style. His last recruiting class as part of the league is the best in the conference this year. Syracuse landed a trio of ESPN 100 prospects, and all five 2013 signees were picked up in the early signing period, which has allowed the Orange to get a jump start on 2014. Point guard Tyler Ennis and power forward Tyler Roberson should compete for starting spots from day one in upstate New York, while fellow ESPN 100 recruit B.J. Johnson is a late-blooming small forward who could end up having a productive four-year career. Factor in some frontcourt depth with three-star center Chinonso Obokoh and a little bit of a sleeper in four-star postgrad shooting guard Ron Patterson, and this class has a weapon at every position on the floor.