With practice in full swing and Big East media day coming up tomorrow, here are a few notable updates on MU basketball from around the Web:
- 2009 SF Jamil Wilson has 'narrowed' his list to the so-called Great Eight -- which includes MU along with many of college basketball's elite programs. Looks like Jamil is a terrific volleyball player too.
- MU commit Nick Williams' squad improved dramatically overnight when one of the best players in the class of 2009 transferred to LeFlore. 6'10" center DeMarcus Cousins will lace'em up with Williams this winter.
- A new blog fave, Storming The Floor, is going through their own top 25 and ranks MU #19 in the pre-season -- and a 3rd place finish in the Big East along with a Sweet 16 bid. Check it out here.
- Similarly, the Big East Basketball Report is counting down our league's best -- and is up to #4 which could be reported later today. Not sure where MU will land, but its worth watching. Pitt came in at #5, followed by UConn at #6.
- Brendon Desrochers of SNY looks at Rick Pitino's whining about the conference schedule, and breaks down each team's slate. As for MU, he ranks the Golden Eagles' non-conference schedule as the 2nd easiest in the league and calls their Big East slate the 2nd toughest. Slamming MU's out of conference slate is fine -- but it is non-sensical that Brendon then rates Pittsburgh's non-conference slate as the 9th toughest in the league even though Pitt plays two teams that MU is likely to play in Maui (not to mention that Wisconsin is better than Washington, Duquesne and SLU - the other opponents listed on his his rundown of the Panthers schedule).