My Pre-Season Big East Men’s Basketball Awards for 2019-2020

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Here are my Pre-Season picks for the Big East last season: 2018-2019 Pre-Season Big East Team picks.  Here is what the actual team ended up being compared to where my pre-season pick had them.

1st Team

Markus Howard (Marquette) – 1st Team (Player of the Year)

Jessie Govan (Georgtown) – 2nd Team

Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s) – 1st Team

Myles Powell (Seton Hall) – 2nd Team

Eric Paschall (Villanova) – 1st Team

Phil Booth (Villanova) – 3rd Team

2nd Team

Kamar Baldwin (Butler) – 1st Team

Max Strus (DePaul) – 3rd Team

Alpha Diallo (Providence) – 1st Team

Sam Hauser (Marquette) – 2nd Team

Naji Marshall (Xavier) – 2nd Team

Honorable Mentions

Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton) – No Team

Martin Krempelj (Creighton) – 3rd Team

I had Mustapha Heron of St. John’s making the 2nd Team in my Pre-Season predictions, which is the only player from my predictions who didn’t make any of the end of the year All-Big East Teams.  I also whiffed on Ty-Shon Alexander and did not even have him as an honorable mention.  For those players on my 3rd Team that didn’t make the end of the year honor roll, I had Eli Cain (DePaul) and Joe Cremo (Villanova).  I watched Cremo a couple of times and yikes, that pick did not turn out pretty.  I also predicted Cremo would be the 6th Man of the Year in the conference.  Mulligan.

As for this year’s pre-season All-Big East Team selections, check out the below for my picks and feel free to tear them to shreds once again if you wish.

1st Team

Markus Howard (Marquette)

Myles Powell (Seton Hall)

Paul Reed (DePaul)

Alpha Diallo (Providence)

Naji Marshall (Xavier)

2nd Team

Jermaine Samuels (Villanova)

James Akinjo (Georgetown)

Kamar Baldwin (Butler)

Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton)

A.J. Reeves (Providence)

3rd Team

Nate Watson (Providence)

Myles Cale (Seton Hall)

LJ Figueroa (St. John’s)

Collin Gillespie (Villanova)

Paul Scruggs (Xavier)

Honorable Mentions: Mitch Ballock (Creighton), David Duke (Providence), Mac McClung (Georgetown), Theo John (Marquette), Mustapha Heron (St. John’s), Omer Yurtseven (Georgetown), & Saddiq Bey (Villanova)

Player of the Year: Myles Powell (Seton Hall)

Defensive Player of the Year: Theo John (Marquette)

Most Improved Player: Jermaine Samuels (Villanova)

6th Man of the Year: Emmitt Holt (Providence)

Coach of the Year: Kevin Willard (Seton Hall)

Freshman Team:

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova) – Big East Freshman of the Year
  • Greg Gantt (Providence)
  • Romeo Weems (DePaul)
  • Bryan Antoine (Villanova)
  • Khalif Battle (Butler)

It’s really tough to pick the All-Freshman Team for the Big East this year as so many squads are bringing back tons of upperclassmen this season.  It’s really going to be a question of who is going to be a contributor on their team as a Frosh as I don’t think any Freshmen are going to be complete standouts this year in the conference.

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