Jared Bynum and Nate Watson both were 2’d team All-Conference picks
The Big East has released its All-League teams and some of its major awards and the Providence Friars saw mixed results thus far.
On Sunday the All-league teams were announced and Nate Watson and Jared Bynum were second team picks. It’s believed to be the first time since 2004 (Pittsburgh) when the league regular season champion was shut out off the first team. The surprise here: two UConn players on the first team instead of two Villanova stars, or one Providence Friar.
The Friars won’t be shut out of the Big East awards, however. Coach Ed Cooley is a certain Coach of the Year selection – the first ever for a Providence coach. Also on Monday, Bynum was named the league’s Sixth Man of the year. Bynum was also a candidate for Most Improved Player but was edged out by deserving Marquette star Justin Lewis.
“Whether we have a first or second team guy, I’m very proud of the development of the group and their buy-in to the team. The Team,” Cooley said on the 401 Podcast.
“This group has totally bought into everything we’ve been trying to coach,” Cooley said. “My hope is Jared Bynum is the Most Improved player (in the Big East). Many deserving players in the Big East, Justin Lewis (Marquette), (Ryan) Kalkbrenner (of Creighton) but I think Jared Bynum has done as much, if not more. Selfishly, that’s something I’ll be cheering for Jared hard.”
The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from the First Team with Collin Gillespie looming as the heavy favorite. The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden at 2:30 p.m.
The other league individual award winners are:
Defensive Player of the Year – Ryan Kalkbrenner
Most Improved Player – Justin Lewis
Sixth Man Award – Jared Bynum
Sportsmanship Award – Donald Carey, Georgetown
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
R.J. Cole, Connecticut, G, Gr., 6-1, 185, Union, N.J.
Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, So., 6-9, 240, Bamako, Mali
Justin Lewis, Marquette, F, So., 6-7, 245, Baltimore, Md.
Julian Champagnie, St. John’s, G-F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall, G-F, 6-6, 210, Baldwin, N.Y.
*Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-3, 195, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Ryan Hawkins, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7, 222, Atlantic, Iowa
Javon Freeman-Liberty, DePaul, G, Sr., 6-4, 180, Chicago, Ill.
Jared Bynum, Providence, G, R-Jr., 5-10, 180, Largo, Md.
Nate Watson, Providence, F, Gr., 6-10, 260, Portsmouth, Va.
Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-4, 210, Ft. Washington, Md.
ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, So., 7-0, 256, St. Louis, Mo.
Darryl Morsell, Marquette, G, Gr., 6-5, 205, Baltimore, Md.
Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, So., 6-0, 200, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jack Nunge, Xavier, C, Jr., 7-0, 245, Newburgh, Ind.
BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Jordan Hawkins, Connecticut, G, 6-5, 175, Gaithersburg, Md.
Trey Alexander, Creighton, G, 6-4, 185, Oklahoma City, Okla.
*Ryan Nembhard, Creighton, G, 6-0, 167, Aurora, Ont.
Arthur Kaluma, Creighton, F, 6-7, 220, Glendale, Ariz.
*Aminu Mohammed, Georgetown, G, 6-5, 210, Temple Hills, Md.
*Kam Jones, Marquette, G, 6-4, 185, Cordova, Tenn.
The league’s head coaches select the award winners and they are not permitted to vote for their own players.