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Friday / July 12.
  • Wright to be Coach of Year; All-Big East Teams Named

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    Villanova’s Jay Wright will be named the Big East Coach of the Year, SNY.tv has learned.

    Wright led the Wildcats to a 28-3 overall record, 16-2 in the Big East. Their only two losses were to Creighton by a combined 49 points.

    Villanova is in position to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

    They open play Thursday in the Big East quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed.

    McDermottIt’s a lock that Creighton’s Doug McDermott — who went off for a career-high 45 points Saturday night against Providence and became the eighth player in Division I history to go over 3,000 for a career — will be named Player of the Year.

    ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

    *Doug McDermott, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-8, 225, Ames, Iowa

    Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.

    *Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Sr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.

    D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Jr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Texas

    James Bell, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 220, Orlando, Fla.

    *Semaj Christon, Xavier, G, So., 6-3, 190, Cincinnati, Ohio

     

    ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

    Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, So., 6-6, 185, Pendleton, Ind.

    D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, So., 6-3, 218, Indianapolis, Ind.

    Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.

    Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Boston, Mass.

    Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F/G, Sr., 6-6, 215, Paterson, N.J.

    JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, Jr., 6-7, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.

     

    BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION

    Ethan Wragge, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Eden Prairie, Minn.

    Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, So., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.

    Darrun Hilliard, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-6, 215, Bethlehem, Pa.

    Matt Stainbrook, Xavier, C, Jr., 6-10, 263, Bay Village, Ohio

     

    BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

    Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Fr., 6-7, 225, Portsmouth, R.I.

    Billy Garrett, Jr., DePaul, G, Fr., 6-5, 194, Chicago, Ill.

    Tommy Hamilton IV, DePaul, F, Fr., 6-10, 284, Chicago, Ill.

    Deonte Burton, Marquette, F, Fr., 6-4, 230, Milwaukee, Wisc.

    Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s G, Fr., 6-4, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 202, Silver Springs, Md.

     

    *Denotes unanimous selection.

    ^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.

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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.

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