All-Big East First Team (Player of the Year in bold)
Bryce Cotton, Providence—21.7 ppg, 5.9 apg, 37.8 3P%
Semaj Christon, Xavier—17.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, 48.3 FG%
James Bell, Villanova—14.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 39.3 3P%
Doug McDermott, Creighton—26.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 52.2 FG%, 44.7 3P%
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova—14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 52.7 FG%
There’s not much to question to who gets Big East Player of the Year. Doug McDermott easily walks away with it, and he will almost definitely be National Player of the Year as well. McDermott enters the Big East Tournament as the country’s leading scorer, and for his career he ranks 8th all-time on the NCAA’s list with 3,011 points.
All-Big East Second Team
Markel Starks, Georgetown—17.1 ppg, 4.1 apg
Kellen Dunham, Butler—16.8 ppg, 36.3 3P%
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova—14.4 ppg, 2.8 apg 41.4 3P%
Kadeem Batts, Providence—12.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg
Matt Stainbrook, Xavier—10.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 54.6 FG%
All-Big East Third Team
Grant Gibbs, Creighton—7.6 ppg, 4.0 apg, 57.0 FG%, 48.6 3P%
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown—16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 39.3 3P%
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall—13.7 ppg, 4.2 apg
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s—17.6 ppg, 36.6 3P%
Davante Gardner, Marquette—15.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 52.5 FG%
All-Big East Defensive Team (Defensive Player of the Year in bold)
Alex Barlow, Butler—2.0 spg
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall—2.8 spg
Mikael Hopkins, Georgetown—1.7 bpg, 0.7 spg
Carson Desrosiers, Providence—2.5 bpg
Chris Obekpa, St. John’s—3.0 bpg, 0.5 spg
Chris Obekpa leads the Big East in shot blocking and ranks No. 15 nationally. The sophomore more impressively ranks No. 2 in the nation in block percentage, only behind Manhattan’s Rhamel Brown.
All-Big East Freshman Team (Freshman of the Year in bold)
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul—12.4 ppg, 3.1 apg
Jaren Sina, Seton Hall—6.2 ppg, 2.4 apg, 37.6 3P%
Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s—9.4 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg
Josh Hart, Villanova—7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Tommy Hamilton IV, DePaul—7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Rysheed Jordan was the second-best freshman scorer in the Big East this season with 9.4 points per game, and he also showed off his distributing abilities with 3.1 dimes. In 17 conference games, he scored in double figures 11 times.
Big East Sixth Man of the Year
Todd Mayo, Marquette
Todd Mayo was one of Marquette’s most important players despite playing a reserve role. Mayo was the Golden Eagles’ third-leading scorer despite being fifth in minutes played. He averaged 2.0 assists, good for third on the team as well. Mayo finished the season on a tear, averaging 23 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 dimes in the last three games.
Big East Coach of the Year
Ed Cooley, Providence
Providence was picked to finish in sixth place in the Big East’s preseason poll, and Ed Cooley exceeding expectations with a fourth-place finish. And, Cooley was two big blows. Point guard Kris Dunn was out for the year with a shoulder injury, and freshman Brandon Austin never got to don a Friar jersey. Austin was suspended for the first 14 games of the season and then left the school.