When I think of Big East Hoops, my mind auto-fills to a young Allen Iverson in a Georgetown Hoyas jersey. After drooling over that memory, my hoops-ridden brain drifts to that same Hoya but as a rookie in the NBA, crossing over the one and only Michael Jordan.
Man, was this crossover cold. Early on, the Sixers knew they had something special from the historic Big East Conference.
Perhaps you're not a fan of AI, and you think of UConn’s Rip Hamilton or maybe you go old school and say Chris Mullin out of St. Johns when asked what comes to mind when you hear the words “Big East Basketball”.
These three names not only share the same colligate league but are also in the NBA Hall of Fame, forever shrined in history. The Big East produces ballers. Always has, always will. The memory lane out east has some mileage to it, and boy, oh boy, what a scenic drive it is.
But more pressing issues warrant discussion and as we shift our focus to present day, the question on my mind is simple:
Can the San Antonio Spurs potentially land a beast from the present-day Big East in the NBA Draft next month? Yes, they can -- and they should. As a matter of fact, after watching the ultra-competitive Big East Conference Tournament in March, the Spurs better throw everything including the kitchen sink at signing one of these Big East talents.
Here are six potential prospects specializing in the forward and guard positions from back east that would look great in silver and black, fitting right in down in the 210.
1. Justin Lewis, F - Marquette
This power forward took home the Most Improved Player Award this season, and for good reason. A starter for every one of the Golden Eagles' games, Justin Lewis's aggressive style of ball manifests itself in many forms. It might be as a ferocious attack the rim rebounder one game and a tenacious defensive force the next, sandwiched in between throwing down highlight-reel dunks on the daily.
He continues to rise on draft boards due to his weekly showcases of a hardnosed balanced approach which includes multiple double-digit point games coupled with double-figure assists to complement that aggression.