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Big East Beginning To Become A Popular Destination For Chicago Area Players

Brian Stinnette
October 1, 2003

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The Big East Conference is beginning to become a popular destination for Chicago area players. Several Chicago area products will be on Big East rosters this year. Earlier this week, West Aurora star Justin Cerasoli committed to play in the Big East, when he gave a verbal to Seton Hall.

Last year, former Chicago Marshall star Kelly Whitney averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game as a freshman at Seton Hall, and was selected to the Big East’s All-Newcomer team. Chicago Whitney Young’s Marcus White provided Connecticut with some solid interior play as a freshman, and is expected to be a major contributor this year for a team that many feel is the best in the country.

This year, Chicago Whitney Young’s Anthony Harris (Miami), Loyola’s Colin Falls (Notre Dame) and Chicago St. Rita’s Jerrah Young (West Virginia), will suit up as freshmen on Big East rosters. Former Homewood Christian star Rick Cornett is expected to contribute off the bench for Notre Dame. Cornett is a sophomore.

Cerasoli, a 6-4 point guard, is likely to be Seton Hall’s top recruit this year. Seton Hall and Rutgers have both given a considerable amount of attention to Chicago Farragut’s Ollie Bailey. Meanwhile Boston College has been recruiting Evanston’s Gordon Watt.