For Notre Dame to be competitive in a loaded Big East, Abromaitis will need to become more of a scorer. The perfect complement to Luke Harangody last season, Abromaitis is a lethal 42.9 percent shooter from three-point range, posing matchup issues with his size on the perimeter. He needs to be a more effective rebounder as he pulled down just 4.7 boards a game last season.
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The Hoyas' third-leading last season, Wright is best when he's attacking the basket. His quick first step allows him to penetrate the lane, spearheading a dangerous offense in transition.
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With Lazar Hayward no longer on the roster, Butler enters the season as Marquette's premier scoring option. The forward is deft at driving to the hoop or pulling up off the dribble, shooting a 53.0 percent from the field last year. The tandem of Butler and Darius-Johnson Odom should be one of the conference's better frontcourt-backcourt combinations.
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Flying under the radar, Hazell may be the most prolific scorer in the nation. He finished second in the NCAA behind Luke Harangody with 20.4 points per game last season, and has the potential to go off for 40 points on any given night.
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An explosive all-around athlete, Joseph will need to be more consistent for the Orange to secure their second-straight top seed this March. Though he averaged 10.8 points per game, he shot a maddening 22 percent from three, something he'll need to improve with top-scorer Wesley Johnson now in the NBA.
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A constant threat for a double-double, Jones is a matchup nightmare for defenders. He possesses the size to post up, but is surprisingly effective from three. He shot 40 percent from long distance last year, a vast improvement from his 24 percent total his freshman season.
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UConn's undisputed leader with the departure of Jerome Dyson, Walker will attempt to improve on a sophomore season in which he averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. His most deadly asset is his speed --his end-to-end quickness resembles Ty Lawson -- but he's also an underrated defender on the perimeter.
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Pittsburgh's leading scorer (15.7 points per game), Gibbs is the reason the Panthers enter the season as Big East favorites. He connected on a school-record 46 consecutive free-throws in 2010, and knocked down a game-winning three against Providence and a game-tying three against West Virginia during his breakout sophomore season.
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After playing second-fiddle to Scottie Reynolds last year, Fisher is ready to assume his role as the next in a lineage of standout guards at Villanova. He can play the point or shooting guard, combining with senior Corey Stokes to form the conference's most experienced backcourt. Fisher's also a proficient scorer, reaching double-figures in 17 of the Wildcats' final 20 games last season.
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The Big East's preseason Player of the Year, Freeman will look to live up to lofty expectations in 2010. He'll try to build off a junior year campaign in which he averaged 16.5 points per game, shooting an impressive 44 percent from three. His biggest motivation: advancing past the first round of the NCAA tournament, as Freeman was a disappointing 4-of-11 in the Hoyas' stunning loss to Ohio.
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