As the dust around transfers and the NBA Draft begins to settle, let’s take a look at the 2020-21 Way-Too-Early Big East Basketball power rankings.
Following a bounce-back season where six Big East Basketball teams likely would have gone dancing, the conference could be in for a small step backward in 2020-21 as the league loses a good chunk of its top talent.
Seemingly all six of the all-Big East first-teamers – and 11 of the 13 honorees overall – will depart the conference by way of graduation or professional pursuits. Only point guards Marcus Zegarowski and Collin Gillespie are locks to return next season, and not coincidentally, are slated to lead the two best teams in the conference.
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Still, there will be plenty of talented youth injected into the league as teams retool around new faces. The Big East features four top-40 recruiting classes, which will pair nicely with several elite rising sophomores.
Adding fuel to the fire is the long-awaited return of Connecticut to the Big East. If college basketball is back this winter – a big if – then bringing the prodigal Huskies back to the table will provide immediate dividends on the court. And if fans are allowed to attend games – an even murkier proposition – UConn’s revitalized relationship with the Big East will reinvigorate the Huskies’ home crowd, provoke road environments across the conference, and electrify the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Between two programs battling at the top and a deep middle-class clawing each other’s eyes out, the Big East is set up for a wild, wacky, and wonderful season.
Onto the 2020-21 Way-Too-Early Power Rankings.