The Bracket is set, and nine teams are getting ready to travel to the world’s most famous arena in New York City (St. John’s is already there…). Wednesday night starts it all with Butler facing off against Seton Hall for the second time in four days, followed by DePaul and Georgetown.
Today, the all-conference teams were announced. Here’s a look at the first team All-Big East:
Doug McDermott: Creighton, Sr. (unanimous)
Bryce Cotton: Providence, Sr. (unanimous)
Markel Starks: Georgetown, Sr.
D’Angelo Harrison: St. John’s, Jr.
James Bell: Villanova, Sr.
Semaj Christon: Xavier, So. (unanimous)
No real surprises on this list. Doug McDermott is the runaway Big East and National Player of the Year. Bryce Cotton and Semaj Christon were unanimous selections, as well. James Bell gets the nod here as regular season champion Villanova’s selection, but it could’ve gone to JayVaughn Pinkston (or even Darrun Hilliard for his recent play).
All-Big East Second Team:
Kellen Dunham: Butler, So.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivers: Georgetown, So.
Davante Gardner: Marquette, Sr.
Kadeem Batts: Providence, Sr.
Fuquan Edwin: Seton Hall, Sr.
JayVaughn Pinkston: Villanova, Jr.
Big East Honorable Mention:
Ethan Wragge: Creighton, Sr.
Ryan Arcidiacono: Villanova, So.
Darrun Hilliard: Villanova, Jr.
Matt Stainbrook: Xavier, Jr.
I would have liked to see Darrun Hilliard make the second team, but he receives just an honorable mention. Marquette’s disappointing season was not due to its big man, as Davante Gardner receives second-team honors. Gardner was the only preseason All-Big East First Team selection not to make the top list.
Big East All-Rookie Team:
Andrew Chrabascz: Butler
Billy Garrett, Jr.: DePaul
Tommy Hamilton IV: DePaul
Deonte Burton: Marquette
Rysheed Jordan: St. John’s
Josh Hart: Villanova
Billy Garrett Jr. was the leading scorer among this group (12.4 PPG), while Tommy Hamilton IV was the leading rebounder (5.0 RPG). Josh Hart was a huge contributor off the bench for Villanova, while the preseason Big East Rookie of the Year Rysheed Jordan lived up to the hype.
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