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Monday / May 20.
  • Villanova’s Jay Wright named Big East Coach of the Year, Marquette’s Markus Howard Player of the Year

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Villanova’s Jay Wright was named the Big East Coach of the Year on Wednesday, while Marquette’s Markus Howard was named Player of the Year.

    Georgetown’s James Akinjo took home Rookie of the Year honors, while Seton Hall’s Mike Nzei was Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

    Despite losing four players to the NBA from last year’s NCAA championship team, Wright led Villanova to a 22-9 record, 13-5 in the Big East. The Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the fifth time in six years. This is the sixth time Wright has won Big East Coach of the Year honors.

    Marquette’s Howard averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (23-8, 12-6). The 5-foot-11 guard scored a Big East-record 53 points against Creighton on Jan. 9.

    The 6-foot Akinjo averaged 13.3 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds for the Hoyas (19-12, 9-9).

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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.