World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar takes a look at the best men's basketball players in the Big East.
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Doug McDermott, Creighton, forward, 6-8, Sr.: Past efforts against BCS teams ease questions about how two-time All-American will adjust to stiffer competition.
Davante Gardner, Marquette, forward, 6-8, Sr.: League's sixth man of the year last season hopes cutting pounds will add to his efficiency this season.
Markel Starks, Georgetown, guard, 6-1, Sr.: Point guard will be asked to shoulder more of the scoring load with the early departure of Otto Porter Jr.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, guard, 6-1, Sr.: Improvements in his perimeter shot added to already strong offensive game.
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, guard, 6-4, Jr.: Talented guard insists he's put troubled past behind him after earning way back on team following late-season suspension.
Player of the year: McDermott
Newcomer of the year
Rysheed Jordan, St. John's: The only freshman on St. John's roster, the five-star point guard is expected to make an immediate impact. His quickness and ability to create off the dribble certainly will pose headaches for opposing defenders.
Coach of the year
Buzz Williams, Marquette: All Williams has done since taking over the Golden Eagles is average 22 wins a season and post at least one win in the NCAA tournament in four of five seasons. This season's squad appears capable of keeping up that pace.
NCAA tournament teams: Marquette, Georgetown, St. John's, Creighton
NIT teams: Villanova, Providence