"It's going to be like it is every year in the Big East," [Jim Boeheim] said at SU's media day Oct. 15. "No real changes there." That's not how many college basketball experts saw it. The Big East has always been a star-driven league, and many experts saw a conference that had lost a bunch of big stars and was left with too many unproven understudies.Sparking the Huskies' resurgence was junior point guard Kemba Walker, who was leading Division I in scoring at 26.7 points per game through Jan. 1. "The surprise to this point is Connecticut and what they've been able to accomplish in Maui and what Kemba Walker has turned into in terms of superstardom," said Mike DeCourcy, the college basketball writer for The Sporting News. "I don't think there's anybody who follows the sport who didn't like him, but not many foresaw him eventually becoming the dominant player in college basketball.While Walker has developed into a superstar and Joseph, Freeman and Gibbs have all played well, other players have emerged as bona fide stars. DeCourcy said players like Syracuse's Rick Jackson, the league's leading rebounder and a double-double machine, Providence's Marshon Brooks and Pitt's Brad Wanamaker have become invaluable members of their teams.
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