Big East Media Day kicked off with the announcement of Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera being named the Preseason Big East Player of the Year and the announcement of Villanova as the coaches pick to win the Big East regular season. The Hoyas were picked to finish second.
— Voice Sports (@GUVoiceSports) October 22, 2014
All coaches seemed convinced the conference is on the right track. "It will grow naturally," JTIII said. "Can't force rivalries" #BEmediaday— Terrence Payne (@terrence_payne) October 22, 2014
JTIII said that Issac Copeland, LJ Peak and Paul White won't necessarily be starters "I don't know & I'm not trying to be coy" #BEmediaday
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) October 22, 2014
A couple of additional quotes courtesy of City of Basketball Love:
On developing rivalries in the new Big East
"That's going to happen with time. The Georgetown/Creighton is going to have a heated rivalry in year two. We haven't had enough heated battles, I haven't been mad enough at McDermott yet and he hasn't been mad enough at me. I think the round-robin format will help that, the fact that a team comes to you, now you go to them. But rivalries aren't established overnight, it takes moments, it takes events, and that will happen."
On Villanova/Georgetown getting picked 1-2
"One and two, sitting here October 22nd, that's great, but when we go to the [Wells Fargo Center], is there a little extra spice there? Probably. When they come down to us? Probably."
Other Big East Coaches
Jay Wright mentioned how FS1 is an advantage. If recruits are truly interested in the Big East, they can watch every game #BEmediaday— Terrence Payne (@terrence_payne) October 22, 2014
Lavin, Wright, Willard all saying Big East can and should get 5-6 teams in the NCAAs every year. Got 4 last year.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 22, 2014
'We were built to be a basketball powerhouse & we intend to stay one.' Big East Commish Val Ackerman— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 22, 2014
Big East coaches know league desperately needs resurgence | New York Post
"We’ve always had the best players in this conference, and if you look at the classes coming in, that’s going to stay the same," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We’re still in the Big East, we’re still here at MSG, still got some of the best players in the country and some of the best coaches [in the country] are in this room. "At our core, we’re still the same."
The Big East aims to remain a basketball powerhouse - Rumble In The Garden
"If five or six (teams) make it and if two or three of those five make the Sweet 16, that means it's a strong healthy league," St. John's head coach Steve Lavin said.
Otto and the women's team!
On being the Preseason player of the year (courtesy of City of Basketball Love again):
"It’s great, you know its a blessing to be named in a category with those guys. We have to motivate guys, lead by example, show them how to get the job done. I think we have done a great deal of that this offseason. We have a great chance of doing really well in the conference. I think we’ll have a great year. We have a lot of great chemistry that has been built over the summer time with the new guys and the guys who have already been here."
2. Jabril excited for Florida, Kansas match-ups.But is mostly just looking forward to playing."We're ready for the first game." #BEmediaday— Laura Wagner (@Laura_M_Wagner) October 22, 2014
On the team's expectations (courtesy of City of Basketball Love again):
"I think that this year, we’ve got a nice balance between young guys and veterans. We’ve got different guys who can do a lot of things. We’ve got bodies this year, dudes who know how to play, dudes who compete, so we’re very excited about this season."
Hoyas' Smith-Rivera named preseason Big East player of the year - The Washington Post
"The rankings are one thing, but there’s probably a lot of teams in here that still don’t respect us especially after last year," Trawick said. "We’ve got revenge on our minds, a lot of things that we want to do differently this year and get done this year."
3. Josh Smith says he "let [his] teammates down" last year. Says he's been working hard to be ready for this year. #BEmediaday— Laura Wagner (@Laura_M_Wagner) October 22, 2014