Last year, it was the likes of Sam Young, DeJuan Blair, Hasheem Thabeet, Johnnie Flynn, Terrence Williams, Earl Clark, and DaJuan Summers.
This year it seems like it could be even more. Maybe not the quality of first-rounders as last year, but from top to bottom, you can easily argue that the conference is losing more.
Wes Johnson and Devin Ebanks were the latest to declare. NBADraft.net has both as top 20 picks (Johnson in the top five).
But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
- The site also projects Greg Monroe, Stanley Robinson, and Dominique Jones as first-rounders.
- Then mix in Lance Stephenson, Lazar Haywood, Da'Sean Butler, Herb Pope, and Luke Harangody as projected second round picks.
- Oh wait, don't forget one of the conference's best players in Scottie Reynolds.
- And then there's guys like Sharaud Curry, Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku, Deonta Vaughn, Jerome Dyson, and Will Walker who were big time players as well.
And that's not even considering other guys who may leave early. Get the point?
All in all, 13 of the top 15 teams in the Big East (sans Pitt) are losing at least one of their top two scorers. Seriously. Seton Hall is losing Pope, who was easily their best rebounder and the other, St. John's, well, doesn't really matter.
Pitt, of course, lost a somewhat key player in Jermaine Dixon. However, they've got plenty coming back, even if you're like me and believe that this team is devoid of a true 'go to' player. But if you go strictly by the casualties other teams have faced, Pitt looks like a frontrunner for the Big East's best team next year.