Chiesa vows to stick to threebies and a pressing D at Providence. He has the troops: guard Delray Brooks, improving center Steve Wright. 6'10" Abdul (the Sheikh) Shamsid-Deen and former juco man Cal (Sir Dunkalot) Foster. The key will be the play of sophomore playmaker Carlton Screen.
In two years of recruiting. Villanova coach Rollie Massimino has yet to come up with a blue-chip scorer or rebounder to complement juniors Doug West at forward and Kenny Wilson at point guard. He has to hope 7'2" Tom Greis emerges. Academics sidelined forward Cliff Robinson and guard Phil Gamble at the end of the first semester last season, and Connecticut wound up with just six active scholarship players. Robinson and Gamble are now eligible, but league wins will still be scarce. When a herniated disk kept Boston College coach Jim O'Brien from recruiting last fall, it didn't help ease the backbreaking burden on 5'10" junior Dana Barros, who runs a close second to Douglas among the conference's guards. In the competitive free-for-all that is the Big East, a recruiting injury may be the most debilitating impairment of all.