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BIG EAST Media Day 2022-23: Polls, Picks, and Videos

Hoyas above DePaul, but shut out of preseason all-conference teams

Big East Basketball Media Day Photo by Porter Binks

The Georgetown Hoyas and their 10 conference foes are visiting Madison Square Garden for the 2022-23 edition of BIG EAST Media Day this Tuesday morning. Here is the live stream of BIG EAST Shootaround beginning at 9:30 AM.

Last year, the Hoyas were picked 10th and Patrick Ewing brought Dante Harris and former captain Donald Carey as they showed off their 2021 BIG EAST Championship rings. Ouch. This year, the conference coaches again put Georgetown in the basement again, as was somewhat expected.

Somewhat interestingly, Villanova was one point behind Xavier with 85 points and received one first-place vote from the men’s basketball head coaches, who do not vote for their own teams.

With 21 points, it appears that one brave coach placed Georgetown at 9th place. The BIG EAST Coaches’ Poll press release says:

Georgetown is 10th in the poll for a second straight year. The Hoyas did not register a league win last year and finished 6-25. Senior center Qudus Wahab is back after a season at Maryland. Two years ago, the Hoyas won the BIG EAST tourney and Wahab made the All-Tournament Team.

Preseason picks for Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and all-BIG EAST First and Second teams followed release of the Coaches’ Poll. Here are excerpts from the BIG EAST press release.

Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo has been named 2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Sanogo, a 6-9 junior, ranked seventh in the BIG EAST last season in scoring with a 15.1 average. He led the league in rebounding with a 9.7 mark and was first in field goal shooting, making 50.9 percent. Sanogo was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2021-22 while helping the Huskies to a 23-10 overall record, a 13-6 BIG EAST mark and an NCAA Tournament bid. As a freshman two seasons ago, the native of Bamako, Mali, made the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team and BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.

Villanova forward Cam Whitmore has been chosen BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year. Whitmore, a highly rated prep recruit from Odenton, Md., was the Most Outstanding Player of the USA Basketball U18 team that won the FIBA U18 Americas Championship this past summer. The 6-7 forward was a McDonald’s All-America selection and the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year at Archbishop Spalding High School.

Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team: Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, Jr., 7-1, 260, St. Louis, Mo. Jared Bynum, Providence, G, Gr., 5-10, 180, Largo, Md.Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, Jr., 6-0, 200, Brooklyn, N.Y.Colby Jones, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6, 207, Birmingham, Ala.Jack Nunge, Xavier, F, Gr., 7-0, 245, Newburgh, Ind.

Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team: Arthur Kaluma, Creighton, F, So., 6-7, 225, Glendale, Ariz. Ryan Nembhard, Creighton, G, So., 6-0, 170, Aurora, Ont.Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-6, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y.Caleb Daniels, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-4, 210, New Orleans, La.Eric Dixon, Villanova, F, R-Jr., 6-8, 255, Willow Grove, Pa.Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-4, 215, Fort Washington, Md. (Tie in the voting created an extra position on the Second Team).

Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention: Chuck Harris, Butler, G, Jr., 6-2, 200, Ashburn, Va.Baylor Scheierman, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7, 205, Aurora, Neb.Cam Whitmore, Villanova, F, Fr., 6-7, 232, Odenton, Md.