As the Year of the Freshman* taught us, recruiting really matters. There aren't as many down-to-the-wire recruiting battles in hoops as there are on the gridiron, but the regular signing period still has its share of drama for Big East programs.
*Except for a Senior Player of the Year and Senior-led National Champion
1. Who has the best recruiting class in the Big East?
Georgetown is currently tops, according to 247Sports (11th in the country). The Hoyas have inked four four-star recruits and look to rebound quickly after a disappointing year. Seton Hall has the biggest incoming potential star in Isaiah Whitehead, a 6'4" shooting guard from Brooklyn who might be one of the best freshmen in the country next season.
2. Who is still up for grabs?
Butler fans are salivating over 6'8" forward Jackson Davis and Creighton's transfer news means that Davis is a step closer to becoming a Bulldog. Still, he's a three-star recruit whose best offers are Alabama and Vanderbilt. Wouldn't exactly be an earth-shattering pickup but Brandon Miller has plenty of scholarships to spare. Top-100 talent Malek Harris is still looking at Marquette after Buzz Williams left, but he may join Williams with the Hokies.
3. Who else do I need to know about in the Class of 2014?
Indianapolis native Trevon Bluiett broke the hearts of Butler Nation when he committed to the hated Xavier Musketeers. He's a talented wing who could make an instant impact. Seton Hall also has Angel Delgado coming in to add frontcourt depth. Isaac Copeland is the best of the Georgetown quartet.
4. Why are there so few surprises this late in the recruiting season?
College basketball has an early signing period in November that takes a lot of suspense out of the process (and keeps high schoolers from having to waver until the last second). Its a good idea, but has also led to schools simply moving up the timeline.
5. Recruiting is sleazy. Can't we just get back to playing games?
No argument here.