A few years ago, the Big East underwent some reshuffling due to Boston College and Miami joining the ACC. As a result, some very powerful programs such as Louisville and DePaul decided to become Big East members, thus forming a super conference for basketball. The competition in the Big East has risen to levels never seen in conference play. In 2006, the conference sent an unprecedented eight teams to the NCAA Tournament.
The intensity of the recruiting battles between Big East teams mirrors the high level of intensity that Big East foes display on the court. The conference has served as the proving ground for a number of coveted, highly-regarded recruits to show their wares to a nationwide audience. The enhanced level of play has led to more television coverage, which helps to garner even more attention from elite high school prospects. Armed with great tradition, outstanding competition and in-depth national coverage, Big East coaches have the ammunition needed to get the attention of top-notch recruits and ultimately gain commitments from these choice prospects.