Georgetown product Greg Monroe was sad to hear the Big East is in turmoil.

The Hoyas, along with Seton Hall, St. John's, Marquette, Providence, Villanova and DePaul, are leaving the conference by 2015 to seek another conference or to form one of their own. The seven Catholic schools made a joint announcement Saturday.

"They left?" Monroe said. "It's tough. It was great while it lasted. I expected the ripple effect. Once you start losing the bigger schools -- Syracuse, West Virginia -- the big public schools ... I figured it would be a ripple effect. Now you see those seven private schools that relied on the Big East gone. I'll be interesting to see where they are going and if they're going to try to go to the same league. It's definitely going to be missed.

"For so long, the Big East has been the league as far as college basketball. It's going to be interesting to see how it shakes out. I wonder what conference could take on all seven schools."

Monroe was the Big East rookie of the year in 2008-09, averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Hoyas.