Villanova won the Big East last year, but it may be a different road for them this coming year.
Villanova has only lost one key player to the team last year in James Bell, who averaged 14.4 points a game and 6 rebounds.
The Wildcats are gaining two good players in their upcoming recruiting class in Phil Booth and Mikal Bridges to replace Bell and reserve guard Tony Chennault. Ryan Arcidiacono also returns to give the Wildcats a veteran presence in the backcourt. Other returnees include the likes of Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins, Dylan Ennis, Darrun Hilliard, JayVaughn Pinkston, and Daniel Ochefu.
It certainly can be said that the Wildcats will have a good supporting cast for Arcidiacono. But the question, is what roles will these players play next season?
Pinkston and Ochefu will be the bruisers in the paint for the WIldcats, but they will run into some problems next season because Georgetown is known for being the big-man school in the Big East, and with Josh Smith returning it will be a very tall task for them to attack. ESPN had Georgetown's 2014 recruiting class in the top 10 and class includes Tre Campbell, Trey Mourning, Issac Copeland, Paul White, and LJ Peak. Kris Jenkins did improve during the season for the Wildcats and so did Hart, so that is something that head coach Jay Wright will already have in place.
With Creighton losing the legendary Doug McDermott, many people consider the Wildcats to be the favorite to win the conference next season. In my opinion, I expect the Hoyas to challenge the Wildcats for the top seed in the conference if everything goes according to plan.