We’re getting pretty close to the start of another college basketball season, but we’re not quite there yet. There have been months of anticipation after another offseason full of chaos and unexpected happenings, with players and coaches changing teams seemingly with reckless abandon.
But it’s all about what happens on the court. A team can win the offseason but it matters very little if they don’t play cohesively and put those results together. There certainly have been significant changes in Big East Basketball this offseason, with a few exciting new head coaching hires and plenty of young recruits and interesting transfers joining the league.
Our focus today is on the 25 best individual players in the Big East for this upcoming season. With UConn fresh off a championship, Marquette off a revival, Creighton off an Elite Eight, and three new head coaches; there are plenty of storylines and strong teams in this league. Which individuals will stand out?
25. Kadary Richmond – Seton Hall
Three collegiate years have equaled three different head coaches for Richmond, who no doubt will enjoy a second straight year in Shaheen Holloway’s system. He played as a reserve at Syracuse before transferring to Seton Hall in 2021, beginning to really shine with the Pirates. Last year as a junior he put up 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, really filling the stat sheets in the Big East.
He’s a physical guard who’s shown great potential and has the ability to score from all over the court. Richmond actually made 44% of his long range shots, albeit with very limited attempts, and has had impressive assist and steals numbers while with the Pirates. He’s the major key to success in Holloway’s second season running this program.