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Tuesday / September 27.
  • Big East & AAC Preseason Rankings and All-Conference Teams

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    Here are the preseason rankings and All-Conference teams for the Big East and American Athletic Conference.

    The Big East Preseason Player of the Year, Doug McDermott, is a kid from Iowa who’s never played a game in the Big East or Madison Square Garden.

    The AAC Preseason Player of the Year, Russ Smith, is a kid from Brooklyn who’s never played a game in the AAC or a conference tournament game in Memphis.

     

    BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL (1st place votes in parens)

    1. Marquette (5)

    2. Georgetown (2)

    3. Creighton (1)

    4. Villanova

    5. St. John’s (2)

    6. Providence

    7. Xavier

    8. Seton Hall

    9. Butler

    10. Depaul

     

    BIG EAST PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Doug McDermott, Creighton

    BIG EAST PRESEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

    Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s

    ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

    Markel Starks, Georgetown

    Davante Gardner, Marquette

    Bryce Cotton, Providence

    D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

    Semaj Christon, Xavier

    ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

    Cleveland Melvin, DePaul
    Jamil Wilson, Marquette

    JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s

    Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall

    Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova

    JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova

    BIG EAST PRESEASON HONORABLE MENTION

    Kadeem Batts, Providence
    Chris Obekpa, St. John’s

    AAC PRESEASON POLL

    1. Louisville (9)

    2. UConn (1)

    3. Memphis

    4. Cincinnati.

    5. Temple

    6. SMU

    7. Houston

    8. USF

    9. UCF

    10. Rutgers

     

    AAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Russ Smith, Louisville

    AAC PRESEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

    Keith Frazier, SMU

    AAC FIRST TEAM

    Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

    Shabazz Napier, UConn

    Chane Behanan, Louisville

    Russ Smith, Louisville

    Joe Jackson, Memphis

    AAC SECOND TEAM

    Isaiah Sykes, UCF

    Ryan Boatright, UConn

    TaShawn Thomas, Houston

    Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

    Anthony Collins, USF

    Victor Rudd, USF

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.