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

We’ve come to the end of a unusually unique Big East basketball season, with teams, coaches, and players having to continually deal with the uncertainty of schedules and opponents through the year. With some teams and players getting the chance to actually participate in more basketball than others due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it made it a little tougher to make complete comparisons between players and their statistics and performances for the 2020-2021 college basketball season.

Here was my pre-season All-Big East Team selections from the pre-season. One thing to note from the pre-season selections was that it assumed that Sandro Mamukelashvili was not going to be returning to Seton Hall.

1st Team

Marcus Zegarowski – Creighton – 1st Team

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – Villanova – 2nd Team

Sandro Mamukelashvili – Seton Hall – Projected to Not Return

James Bouknight – UConn – 1st Team

Nate Watson – Providence – 3rd Team

2nd Team

David Duke – Providence – 1st Team

Collin Gillepsie – Villanova – 1st Team

Zach Freemantle – Xavier – 2nd Team

Julian Champagnie – St. John’s – 2nd Team

Paul Scruggs – Xavier – 3rd Team

3rd Team

Jared Rhoden – Seton Hall – No Team

Jahvon Blair – Georgetown – No Team

Denzel Mahoney – Creighton – 3rd Team

Jermaine Samuels – Villanova – Honorable Mention

Posh Alexander – St. John’s – No Team

Honorable Mentions: 

Damien Jefferson – Creighton – No Team; Charlie Moore – DePaul – 2nd Team; R.J. Cole – UConn – Honorable Mention; D.J. Carton – Marquette – 3rd Team; Justin Moore – Villanova – 3rd Team; Christian Bishop – Creighton – No Team

Players who didn’t make my end of the year teams but I selected in my pre-season selections:

Bryce Aiken – Seton Hall – 1st Team & Mitch Ballock – Creighton – 2nd Team

Player of the Year: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova); Pre-Season pick was Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton)

Defensive Player of the Year: Posh Alexander (St. John’s); Pre-Season pick was David Duke (Providence)

Most Improved Player: Nate Watson (Providence); Pre-Season pick was Zach Freemantle (Xavier)

6th Man of the Year: Tyler Polley – Uconn; Pre-Season pick was Cole Swider (Villanova)

Coach of the Year: Mike Anderson (St. John’s); Pre-Season pick was Greg McDermott (Creighton)

All-Freshman Team

Posh Alexander – St. John’s – Big East Freshman of the Year

Chuck Harris – Butler

Adama Sanogo – UConn

Alyn Breed – Providence

Dawson Garcia (Marquette) – My Pre-Season pick for Freshman of the Year

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