Five freshmen to watch in the Big East

July, 23, 2012
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Steven Adams, Pittsburgh: The highest-ranked incoming Big East freshman, the New Zealand big man has been hailed for his shooting toughness, passing skills and rebounding acumen. At Pitt, he'll just be a breath of fresh air after a forgettable season.

Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova: The true point guard will be even more critical for the Wildcats now that Maalik Wayns bolted college early. Savvy and skilled on both ends of the floor, Arcidiacono has only question -- his health. He missed much of his senior high school season after undergoing back surgery.

Omar Calhoun, Connecticut: The shooting guard is a top-notch scorer (had a tournament-record 26 points at the All-American Classic in April) who should help a depleted UConn roster rebuild and serve as a nice complement to Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier. Extra kudos for honoring his commitment, even after UConn's APR woes and penalties.

Jerami Grant, Syracuse: There is no shortage of room for Grant to fit in, what with the departures of Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters and Fab Melo. The son of former NBA star Harvey Grant, he's a versatile forward who can score from just about anywhere -- which is good, since there will be plenty of open real estate on the Orange roster.

Ricardo Ledo, Providence: The shooting guard is supposed to be part of a one-two punch for Ed Cooley, but his counterpart, Kris Dunn, is recuperating from a shoulder injury. On his own, though, Ledo is a pretty impressive get as Cooley retools the Friars. He's ranked sixth at his position and should make Providence more than the Vincent Council show.


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