End of the Year Awards Review
Big East Player of the Year: Kris Dunn
First of all, how fly is that suit Kris has on. His style may be even more NBA ready than his game.
For the second year in a row, Providence’s Kris Dunn was the winner of the Player of the Year in the conference award.
The list of 2-Time Winners of the Big East Player of the Year Award:
Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)
Richard “Rip” Hamilton (UConn)
Troy Murphy (Notre Dame)
Troy Bell (Boston College)
There has only been 1 three-time winner, Hall of Famer and current St. John’s coach, Chris Mullin. He did share the award two of those three times with two-time winner and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.
Dunn is Providence’s only player to ever win the award.
Big East Defensive Player of the Year: Kris Dunn
For the second year in a row (as well), Kris Dunn was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Dunn led the conference in steals for the second year in a row, recording 2.5 steals per game on the season. His swipes were good for the fourth highest per game mark in the Nation.
I can’t seem to find the list of all-time defensive player of the year award winners but I did read somewhere that only Dunn and Patrick Ewing (again) were multiple time winners of both the player of the year and defensive player of the year awards. In other words, it’s hard.
Big East Most Improved Player: Ben Bentil
This one was a no-brainer. Going from 6.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg to a league-leading 21.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg will do that for you.
1st Team All-Big East: Kris Dunn, Ben Bentil
Along with Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead and Villanova’s Josh Hart, Dunn and Bentil were unanimous selections to the First Team. The other two first-teamers were Marquette’s Henry Ellenson and Xaiver’s Trevon Bluiett. I mean, I only picked 5 players to my first team, but 5 of those guys were on it and the other one was on the second team (Blueitt, because the guards were so good)…’cause you know, I abide by having only 5 players on a basketball team.
USBWA Second-Team All-American: Kris Dunn
Sporting News Second-Team All American: Kris Dunn
Dunn and Bentil are up for some additional awards that haven’t yet been named (i.e. Cousy Award, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, etc.) but I’d rather have one of them get on the All-Tournament Team…wouldn’t you?