1. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel chimed in Monday saying that he was hoping DePaul would play in Chicago. I’m sure everyone associated with the Blue Demons would like to see that occur. DePaul plays at Allstate Arena and it's essentially at O'Hare. Big East coaches tell me whenever they go to DePaul, they are just going to O’Hare, not to Chicago. Georgetown coach John Thompson III said the only time he remembers staying in downtown Chicago was when the team was playing Marquette on a two-game trip. DePaul has an on campus practice facility, but for the Blue Demons to be competitive in the long run and become truly Chicago’s team they have to play in Chicago and that means temporarily playing some games at the United Center until they can fund a cozier arena near campus. I remember talking to coaches from Joey Meyer to Pat Kennedy about this plan that never materialized. The new Big East needs DePaul to be relevant. Oliver Purnell can be the coach to improve the Blue Demons but the program needs to be closer to campus, create demand and become Chicagoland’s team.
2. The Sporting News put out its 10-team All-American list. Eight of the 10 names will likely be rotating through every preseason All-American roster. TSN went with the two consensus picks in Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Cody Zeller (Indiana). I can see going with Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum. But it will be hard to find unanimous support behind James Michael McAdoo (UNC) or DeShaun Thomas (Ohio State). The second unit of C.J. Leslie (NC State), Michael Dixon (Missouri), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Alex Poythress (Kentucky) and Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State) could be interchanged with a host of names. I’m reluctant to put Muhammad out there because he hasn’t been cleared yet by the NCAA. I’m not sold yet on Poythress being the top player on UK, either. But the beauty of this list is that what I and/or ESPN.com put out will be just as open for constructive criticism. It is a wide-open season yet again for All-Americans. My debate at the point guard is among Peyton Siva (Louisville), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Trey Burke (Michigan). I also would have to consider Isaiah Canaan (Murray State) and Michael Snaer (Florida State) at guard, Mike Moser (UNLV) and Otto Porter (Georgetown) at forward and Gorgui Dieng (Louisville), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota), Jeff Withey (Kansas) and Tony Mitchell (North Texas) inside.
3. We’re also starting to look at our top 25 lists. The one team I cannot lock in on now is UCLA until I know what will happen with Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. Neither player has been cleared yet. Until they are, putting UCLA in the top 25 is merely a projected guess. And if there is one team that might start out of the top 25 which will likely end up in it within a month or weeks it’s Georgetown. The Hoyas have two golden chances to make an early-season statement with the chance to play UCLA and then possibly Indiana in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, Nov. 19-20.