Tarik Turner was a guest on Media Timeout with Vin Parise, and the two Fox Sports 1 analysts talked about the Big East basketball storylines through the first quarter of the season.
First up on the agenda for the duo was the thrilling win St. John's had over former Big East rival Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Turner, who played for the Johnnies, was naturally thrilled for his former team and new head coach Chris Mullin.
"It reminded me of when I was a freshman, getting my first taste of how special the Garden is," said Turner. "Big step for the program and obviously Coach Mullin getting his first big win at the Garden, it was a big moment for everyone."
The Big East has done superbly in the nonconference schedule, sporting winning records vs. ACC opponents and those from other power conferences. It's noticeable in the national rankings, where there are four Big East teams in the Top 25, and it should help the conference come tourney time in March.
"I look at least five teams to get in, and the next question is can they stay in and make it to the second and third weekend," concluded Turner.
Another major theme this season has been the heralded play of Player of the Year candidate Kris Dunn. After working with Gary Payton at the Nike Skills Academy this summer, Turner says he sees some of "The Glove" in Dunn's game on defense, while his improved offensive game reminds him of a current NBA All-Star.
"He reminds me of John Wall a little bit offensively, and he reminds of Gary Payton a little bit on the defensive end," Turner said. "I would not have said this last year, but I think after this year, I think he's good enough to start on an NBA team Day 1...If I'm a GM and I need a point guard, he's no question the first pick off the draft board in that position."