As we move closer to Wednesday's highly-anticipated Big East Media Day at the New York Athletic Club in the city, the Big East predictions from official sources are beginning to be released.
On Tuesday morning, the Big East writers' poll for predicted team finishes, compiled by the Syracuse Post-Standard, was released to the masses. In short, St. John's was selected to finish in 10th in the Big East, ahead of Providence, Rutgers, Villanova, Seton Hall and DePaul. Louisville was the unanimous pick to top the standings.
A day before the official coaches' poll is set to be released, the fifteen Big East writers from markets around the league have also released their predictions for individual accolades in 2012-13. They released the league's projected first and second teams, which will provide honorary praise for the top-11 players at the conclusion of the season.
For St. John's, sophomore guard D`Angelo Harrison has been included in the writers' all-conference second team. Harrison, who averaged 16.8 points/game during his freshman season with the Red Storm, is expected to have a breakout year for Steve Lavin's Johnnies. His inclusion in this preseason projection proves that objective external parties agree.
The first team consists of Peyton Siva (Louisville), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Jack Cooley (Notre Dame), Vincent Council (Providence), and Otto Porter (Georgetown). Siva and Kilpatrick were the leading vote-getters, and it is expected that one of those two will be selected as preseason Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Harrison is joined on the second team by Brandon Triche (Syracuse), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse), Gorgui Dieng (Louisville), and Chane Behanan (Louisville). According to the Syracuse Post-Standard's report, there were six selected to the second team due to a tie in voting.
The writers' choice for Big East preseason Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year will be announced soon. The Rumble will be at Big East Media Day and will provide extensive coverage throughout the week.