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November 2, 2007
The NBA Draft threatened to ravage the Big East.
Surely Georgetown center Roy Hibbert was gone; he clearly was first-round material, upper half of the first round at that. Marquette point guard Dominic James had many of the requisite skills to make the jump, and he wanted to, too. Villanova freshman guard Scottie Reynolds even was mentioned as a possibility to leave in some circles; his scoring ability certainly grabbed some attention.
Fortunately for the conference, all three return. Big East player of the year Jeff Green did leave Georgetown early, but with Hibbert back, the Hoyas will be just fine.
The league also has added a bevy of talented freshman who will push for spots on the all-conference teams.
Here is Rivals.com's preseason All-Big East team:
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.