Welcome! This is the first installment of our soon-to-be weekly Twitter mailbag!
We've promised this a couple of times and have failed to deliver upon and from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize for that. With that said, thanks to freer schedules, we're going to make this a consistent weekly thing where we take YOUR questions on Twitter on a week-to-week basis.
So, let's get cracking, shall we?
@becb_sbn who's the 2nd best player in the conference besides @ShowTime_Dunn?— chris thurlow (@redsoxed) August 19, 2015
Christopher Novak: This is a toughie. There's a strong abundance of talented veteran players (Smith-Rivera, Arcidiacono, Dunham, Roosevelt Jones) paired up with some really, really talented newcomers (Brunson, Ellenson, Govan, Derrickson) along with some exciting sophomores (Wilson, Delgado, Peak, Bluiett). Gun to the head... I go with DSR.
Robert O'Neill: It's tough to go with anyone except DSR. I think the big freshmen named could definitely be up there by the end of the year, but it's tough for me to put Brunson or Ellenson second when they have a combined zero collegiate minutes. They'll both be good, sure. But I have an issue going with them there at this juncture.
@becb_sbn I'll ask a hundred if you'll let me! Curious which team will have the biggest scheme change from last year and why?— chris thurlow (@redsoxed) August 19, 2015
CN: The easy choice here is to take a team with a new coach. So by default, you'd likely say either DePaul or St. John's. I lean towards the Red Storm, mostly because I have no idea what Mullin's plans are going to be as we've never seen him coach before.
RO: It has to be St. John's. New coach plus, essentially, an entirely new roster. At least Dave Leitao has Billy Garrett, Myke Henry, Tommy Hamilton, and some others still.
@becb_sbn you never answered the question about if you could trade one big east player to another big east team for the year...— CU Fan (@CUintheBigEast) August 19, 2015
CN: I'd put Kris Dunn on the Georgetown Hoyas for the year. While DSR is a terrific guard, Dunn is a traditional, pure point guard and because guard play becomes so important, I'm not sure many could stop a backcourt of Dunn and DSR.
RO: My pick would also be Kris Dunn, but i'd put him on Marquette. A loaded recruiting class plus the best leader/player in the conference? I think the Golden Eagles are going to be pretty good as it is, but Dunn would make them a top 3 team in the conference.
@becb_sbn how far does Seton Hall have to go for Kevin Willard to keep his job?— chris thurlow (@redsoxed) August 20, 2015
CN: It's a tricky situation in South Orange. The performance has been lacking for the Pirates in the past few years for Willard and Co. but given the nature of their athletics department (Willard essentially hired the AD) I don't know if he's going to be under fire this year. Unless things get really bad, and I personally don't think they will.
RO: I actually think Seton Hall is a bubble team this year,, and that should be enough for Willard to stick around. If the Sterling Gibbs/Isaiah Whitehead tension is to be believed, Whitehead should have no reason not to thrive. If Whitehead can thrive, Seton Hall should be able to. He's one of the best scorers in the conference.
@becb_sbn how do you see the Seton hall/Wichita state game going down? Chance of an upset??— C Sherman (@Koreyaaa) August 20, 2015
CN: Wichita isn't run-the-table good this year as they were in 2013-14, but they're about on par with how they fared last season when they made the Sweet 16. This one could get ugly at the Prudential Center. As for a chance of an upset? Well, college basketball has told us to expect the unexpected so there's always a chance.
RO: If College Hoops 2K8's Sixth Man feature taught us anything, it's that there's always a chance for an upset when you're at home. Wichita is better than Seton Hall, sure, but as Chris said, they aren't the Shockers of the past couple years. Wichita will be favored coming into this game, but it won't be by double digits.