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Big East Media Day: Austin Freeman Picked as Preseason Player of the Year

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Some highlights from the on-going Big East Media Day in New York.  For updates throughout the day, check out the nifty Big East website.

  • Austin Freeman was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year
  • Chris Wright is Preseason All-Big East Second Team
  • Georgetown was picked to finish fourth in the conference, and received no first place votes

(Full rankings, honors and thoughts after the Jump)

Projected Standings (link):

Finish    Team                               Points    
1 Pittsburgh (12) 222
2 Villanova (1) 208
3 Syracuse (2) 187
4 Georgetown 173
5 West Virginia 164
6 St. John's (1) 145
7 Notre Dame 123
8 Louisville 121

Marquette 121
10 Connecticut 113
11 Seton Hall 104
12 Cincinnati 91
13 USF 54
14 Providence 36
15 Rutgers 32
16 DePaul 26

 

Player Honors (link):

2010-11 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Austin Freeman, Georgetown

2010-11 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Fab Melo, Syracuse

2010-11 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-3 ½, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

2010-11 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
D.J. Kennedy, St. John's, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 214, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec

2010-11 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa

Thoughts:

  • Fourth place seems about right for a pre-season projection.  No one really knows what to expect with a guard-oriented offense
  • Glad Austin Freeman received same honors from coaches as he did from media this summer
  • Georgetown is the only team to have two players in first and second All Big East teams
  • Who the hell voted for St. John's for a first place finish? (UPDATE: It was Rick Pitino)
  • Since expansion, the highest any team finished that also had the Big East Rookie of the Year was sixth (Marquette in 2006).  Just saying, Cuse...
More to come as interviews are published.