My Pre-Season Big East Men’s Basketball Awards for 2020-2021

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Here are my Pre-Season picks for the Big East last season: 2019-2020 Pre-Season All-Big East 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

Myles Powell (Seton Hall) – 1st Team

Paul Reed (DePaul) – 2nd Team

Alpha Diallo (Providence) – 2nd Team

Naji Marshall (Xavier) – 1st Team

2nd Team

Jermaine Samuels (Villanova) – No Team

James Akinjo (Georgetown) – Entered the transfer portal mid-season

Kamar Baldwin (Butler) – 1st Team

Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton) – 1st Team

A.J. Reeves (Providence) – No Team

3rd Team

Nate Watson (Providence) – No Team

Myles Cale (Seton Hall) – No Team

LJ Figueroa (St. John’s) – No Team

Collin Gillespie (Villanova) – 2nd Team

Paul Scruggs (Xavier) – No Team

Honorable Mentions

Omer Yurtseven (Georgetown) – Honorable Mention

I failed to have 1st Team member and all-around stud Saddiq Bey of Villanova listed on any team, which was easily the biggest miss of all.  Bey ended up being one of just three unanimous first team selections, along with Howard and Powell.  Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski made a big leap in his sophomore season, eventually earning 2nd Team honors before ending the year with a knee injury.  He will be one of the players in the running for Big East POY honors for the 2020-2021 basketball season. Xavier’s Tyrique Jones made the 2nd Team while becoming a double-double machine in the process and one of the best big men in the conference. Quincy McKnight of Seton Hall was an honorable mention which basically means he’s a third team selection since the Big East only officially names two All-Big East teams and a pair of Honorable Mention selections.

Player of the Year: Myles Powell (Seton Hall) – Player of the Year (I GOT ONE!)

Defensive Player of the Year: Theo John (Marquette) – Romaro Gill (Seton Hall) DPOY

Most Improved Player: Jermaine Samuels (Villanova) – Romaro Gill (Seton Hall)

6th Man of the Year: Emmitt Holt (Providence) – Denzel Mahoney (Creighton)

Coach of the Year: Kevin Willard (Seton Hall) – Greg McDermott (Creighton)

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.  The below selections assume that Sandro Mamukelashvili will not be returning to Seton Hall.  I had him slotted as 2nd Team if he were to come back but it’s more fun to include someone else on a team.

1st Team

Marcus Zegarowski – Creighton

David Duke – Providence

Collin Gillepsie – Villanova

Bryce Aiken – Seton Hall

James Bouknight – UConn

2nd Team

Charlie Moore – DePaul

Zach Freemantle – Xavier

Mitch Ballock – Creighton

Julian Champagnie – St. John’s

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – Villanova

3rd Team

Paul Scruggs (Xavier)

D.J. Carton – Marquette

Nate Watson – Providence

Justin Moore – Villanova

Denzel Mahoney – Creighton

Honorable Mentions: R.J. Cole (UConn), Romeo Weems (DePaul), Jamorko Pickett (Georgetown), Terrell Allen (Georgetown), A.J. Reeves (Providence), Brendan Bailey (Marquette), Myles Cale (Seton Hall), Rasheem Dunn (St. John’s), Tyler Polly (UConn), Noah Horchler (Providence), Jermaine Samuels (Villanova), Koby McEwen (Marquette), Jared Bynum (Providence)

Player of the Year: Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton)

Defensive Player of the Year: David Duke (Providence)

Most Improved Player: Zach Freemantle (Xavier)

6th Man of the Year: Cole Swider (Villanova)

Coach of the Year: Greg McDermott (Creighton)

All-Freshman Team

Dawson Garcia (Marquette) – Big East Freshman of the Year

Andre Jackson (UConn)

Dwon Odom (Xavier)

Rati Andronikashvili (Creighton)

Jamari Sibley (Georgetown)

 

 

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