List of 2012 Early Entrants/ Transfers from Big East

The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft passed last night.

Barring any late surprises from players who didn't announce their intentions on Twitter or to their school, the growing list of early departures from Big East programs has slowed down to a trickle. With school semesters coming to a close, most players have met with their coaches, decided whether they wanted to stay with their programs, and are settling in to their offseason training routines.

Which means that this is a good time to start the Rumble's offseason analysis of the Big East. Keep checking in for notes about the Red Storm's rivals, Big East news, and analysis of the league and its teams.

First, let's take stock of players leaving the league's programs - the early entrants, the transfers, and the major seniors leaving the Big East, below the fold.

Players leaving the Big East for professional or transfer opportunities:

Player
Pos.
HT/ WT
Eligibility Yr
School Destination
Andre Drummond
C
6-11/275
Fr.
Connecticut Pro
Jeremy Lamb
G
6-5/195
So.
Connecticut Pro
Alex Oriakhi
PF
6-9/240
Jr.
Connecticut Unknown
Roscoe Smith
F
6-8/205
So.
Connecticut Unknown
Michael Bradley
F
6-10/225
Fr.
Connecticut Unknown
Tony Freeland
SF
6-7/225
Jr.
DePaul Long Beach State
Macari Brooks
SG
6-2/190
Fr.
DePaul Unknown
Hollis Thompson
F
6-8/212
Jr.
Georgetown Pro
Jared Swopshire
SF
6-8/200
Jr.
Louisville Northwestern
Mark Jackson
PG
6-3/210
Fr.
Louisville Unknown
Jamail Jones
F
6-6/210
So.
Marquette Unknown
Mike Broghammer
PF
6-9/245
Jr.
Notre Dame [retiring]
Alex Dragicevich
SG
6-6/215
So.
Notre Dame Unknown
Isaiah Epps
PG
6-2/185
Fr.
Pittsburgh Unknown
Khem Birch
PF
6-9/220
Fr.
Pittsburgh UNLV
Bilal Dixon
PF
6-9/245
Jr.
Providence Unknown
Gerard Coleman
SG
6-4/180
So.
Providence Unknown
Ron Giplaye
F
6-6/230
So.
Providence Unknown
Gilvydas Biruta
PF
6-8/240
So.
Rutgers Rhode Island
Sean Grennan
PG
6-2/170
Fr.
Seton Hall Unknown
Blake Nash
PG
6-1/190
Jr.
South Florida Unknown
LaVonte Dority
PG
6-1/195
So.
South Florida Valparaiso
Moe Harkless
F
6-8/210
Fr.
St. John's Pro
Nurideen Lindsey
SG
6-3/180
So.
St. John's Rider
Malik Stith
PG
5-11/185
Jr.
St. John's Unknown
Fab Melo
C
7-1/245
So.
Syracuse Pro
Dion Waiters
G
6-4/215
So.
Syracuse Pro
Mookie Jones
SF
6-6/220
Jr.
Syracuse Unknown
Isaiah Armwood
PF
6-9/210
Jr.
Villanova George Washington
Maalik Wayns
G
6-2/185
Jr.
Villanova Pro
Dominic Cheek
G
6-6/180
Jr.
Villanova Pro

The notable exodus from Connecticut will be the talk of the offseason (and we'll touch on it when posting the Mind the Gap series, as we did last offseason).

Providence and Villanova's departures will also be worth watching. Despite an exciting recruiting class, the Friars strill lack depth, though they may address that during the spring signing period. Villanova has been looking at transfers, and may not add an impact player for next season's 15-team Big East (with West Virginia off to the Southeastern Conference).

The seniors who finished their NCAA eligibility this season:

Player
Class
Pos
Height
Team
Dion Dixon
SR
G
6'3
Cincinnati
Yancy Gates
SR
F
6'9
Cincinnati
Jeremiah Kelly
SR
G
6'1
DePaul
Krys Faber
SR
C
6'10
DePaul
Jason Clark
SR
G
6'2
Georgetown
Henry Sims
SR
C
6'10
Georgetown
Kyle Kuric
SR
G-F
6'4
Louisville
Chris Smith
SR
G
6'2
Louisville
Darius Johnson-Odom
SR
G
6'2
Marquette
Jae Crowder
SR
F
6'6
Marquette
Tim Abromaitis*
SR
F
6'8
Notre Dame
Ashton Gibbs
SR
G
6'2
Pittsburgh
Nasir Robinson
SR
F
6'5
Pittsburgh
Jordan Theodore
SR
G
6'1
Seton Hall
Herb Pope
SR
F
6'8
Seton Hall
Kris Joseph
SR
F
6'7
Syracuse
Scoop Jardine
SR
G
6'2
Syracuse
Augustus Gilchrist
SR
F
6'10
South Florida
Ron Anderson
SR
F
6'8
South Florida
Hugh Robertson
SR
G
6'6
South Florida
Kevin Jones
SR
F
6'8
West Virginia
Darryl Bryant
SR
G
6'2
West Virginia

*late addition to the list

Notre Dame seniors Scott Martin and Tim Abromaitis are hoping for sixth years of eligibility (update: Abromaitis' sixth year has been denied); Notre Dame feels that Scott Martin has a good chance to be approved for another year of competition by the NCAA.

Let us know in the comments if there is anyone that we missed.

Who among these players will be the biggest loss?

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