It’s May 25th. The NBA Draft declaration dust has officially settled, as of 11:59pm last night, and it’s time to take an early look at the Big East conference for the 2017-18 season. There are 170 days between now and the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season on Friday, November 10th. So, yes, there could still be roster changes that impact next season, but we now know which key players are going pro and which key players are returning to school.
The Big East conference is holding their annual offseason meetings in Ponte Vedra, FL this week. The meetings will be lead by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and will include “planning sessions with the ten-member school’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators, and men’s and women’s basketball head coaches,” according to a release sent out by the league. The meetings began on Monday and the agenda items include:
The Big East held their annual awards ceremony this afternoon at Madison Square Garden ahead of the league’s postseason tournament that begins later tonight. The results weren’t overly shocking.
Villanova’s Josh Hart, a finalist for the Wooden Award, was named the Big East’s Player of the Year. Hart is the fourth Villanova player to win this award and the first since Ryan Arcidiacono shared the award with Kris Dunn in 2015. Other Villanova winners were Randy Foye (2006) and Kerry Kittles (1995).
Awards season in college basketball is just heating up with the regular season less than a week old in the major conferences. The Big East announced their All-League teams on Sunday and some of their individual awards on Monday. The big awards will be announced at 4:30pm ET Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, which is a couple hours before the Big East Tournament tips off. Here are my official pcbb1917.com 2017 Big East Postseason Awards. Hold your applause till the end, please.
For the second straight season the Providence Friars are home to the Big East’s Most Improved Player. Kyron Cartwright was chosen by the league’s coaches as the 2016-17 Big East Most Improved Player a day after being named a Second Team All-Big East performer in his junior season with the Friars. Cartwright is the fourth player in school history to win this award and he’s the third player coached by Ed Cooley to do so. Previous winner include Ben Bentil (2016), Kadeem Batts (2013) and Herbert Hill (2007).
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Portsmouth, R.I.
*Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-3, 210, Wichita Falls, Tex.
*Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, Jr., 6-10, 240, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
*Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, So., 6-2, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill.
*Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 215, Silver Spring, Md.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Indianapolis, Ind,
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Kelan Martin, Butler, F, So., 6-7, 220, Louisville, Ky.
Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Rodney Bullock, Providence, F, Jr., 6-8, 225, Hampton, Va.
Kyron Cartwright, Providence, G, Jr., 5-11, 185, Compton, Calif.
Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-4, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown, G, Gr., 6-5, 205, Evanston, Ill.
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 235, Upper Marlboro, Md.
BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM^
*Kamar Baldwin, Butler, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Winder, Ga.
*Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Markus Howard, Marquette, G, Fr., 5-11, 175, Chandler, Ariz.
*Marcus LoVett, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-0, 175, Fort Wayne, Ind.
*Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-1, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 205, Wilmington, Del.
Release from Providence Athletics:
Providence’s Kyron Cartwright And Rodney Bullock Named All-BIG EAST Second Team
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It was announced on Sunday, March 5 that Providence College juniors Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) and Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Friars have placed two players on the All-BIG EAST Teams.
Cartwright and Bullock joined Butler’s Kelan Martin, Creighton’s Justin Patton, and Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The conference’s head coaches choose the all-conference teams. The coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Cartwright leads the league in assists in overall action (6.8 apg) and he led in conference play (6.2 apg.). He also ranks third in the nation in assists per game. In addition, he is averaging 11.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. Cartwright finished the season leading the league in assists in conference play to mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that a Friar has led the BIG EAST in assists in conference play. The other three Friars that have led the league in assists in the last six years were Kris Dunn in 2016 (7.7 apg), Bryce Cotton in 2014 (6.1 apg), and Vincent Council in 2013 and 2012 (7.2 apg and 8.0 apg). Other Friars who led the league in assists in conference play were God Shammgod in 1997 (6.8 apg), Abdul Abdullah in 1994 (7.3 apg) and Ricky Tucker in 1983 (6.3 apg). For the season, Cartwright has 211 assists in 31 games this season. He is just the 12th players in the history of Friar basketball to register 200 or more assists in a season. He has registered 10 or more assists five times this season, including 12 assists twice.
Bullock leads the team in scoring (16.1 ppg). He also leads the squad in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Bullock ranks 10th in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding. He has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week once (Dec. 5) and has been named to the league’s Honor Roll six times. Bullock has recorded a team-best five double-doubles this season. He has scored 20 or more points nine times this season, including a career-high 36 points in a win versus New Hampshire on November 30.
The Friars finished the regular season with a 20-11 mark overall and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play. Providence earned the third seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will play No. 6 seed Creighton on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
The Big East announced the TV network schedule for the final Saturday of action on March 4th during the league’s media call on Thursday. When the season schedule was initially announced the network placement of these final 5 league contests were left up in the air between FOX and FS2. All 10 Big East teams are in action on the final day of the regular season and here is where you can watch your team play:
- 12:00pm – Villanova at Georgetown
- 2:30pm – Seton Hall at Butler
- 12:00pm – Providence at St. John’s
- 2:30pm – Creighton at Marquette
- 2:00pm – Xavier at DePaul
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