Edmond Sumner is a big reason why Xavier is likely going to be a preseason top-10 team. On Saturday night, during Musketeer Madness, Sumner won the team’s dunk contest when he took off from the foul line. Sumner defeated freshmen Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin. J.P. Macura, the reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year, took home the honors last year. The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore is coming off a debut season in which he averaged 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Georgia Tech is starting over. Once an Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse and program that sent a steady stream of players to the NBA, the Yellow Jackets haven't made the NCAA tournament since 2010 - a streak that doesn't figure to end in Josh Pastner's first season as coach. Pastner left Memphis to take over the Yellow Jackets, who dumped coach Brian Gregory after five seasons produced just one postseason appearance (last year's run to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament) and a dismal 27-61 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Sheldon Jeter practically did a spit take when Pittsburgh hired Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon last spring. ''I was shocked, as I imagine most people were,'' said the senior forward, who played under Stallings for one season at Vanderbilt before eventually making his way to the Panthers. When Jeter's teammates asked him for a read on Stallings while they pondered whether to leave or not, Jeter offered some salient advice.