The first item of news coming out of Media Day in New York City is that senior foward Davante Gardner has been named one of five players on the All-Big East First Team; while senior forward Jamil Wilson was one of six players named to the All-Big East Second Team.
Here's the full list of the preseason all-conference teams:
Big East Preseason Player Of The Year: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Big East Preseason Rookie Of The Year: Rysheed Jordan, St. John's
All-Big East First Team:
Markel Starks, Georgetown
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Bryce Cotton, Providence
D`Angelo Harrison, St. John's
Semaj Christon, Xavier
All-Big East Second Team:
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul
Jamil Wilson, Marquette
JaKarr Sampson, St. John's
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova
All-Big East Honorable Mention:
Kadeem Batts, Providence
Chris Obekpa, St. John's
There's six players on the second team, as there was a tie in the voting somewhere.
So, let's look at how our predictions shook out!
Preseason POY? Check. I didn't bother trying to figure out who the preseason Rookie of the Year would be. There's just too many moving parts there. Plus, who really wants to name a "best rookie" before he's even played a game?
Unfortunately, only four out of the five first team predictions were correct. I had D`Angelo Harrison out due to his suspension to end last season and JaKarr Sampson in. I'll accept that switch within the Red Storm lineup, especially since Sampson made it onto the second team. Two of the players I considered for the first team, Edwin and Batts, also showed up on the list, so nice job by me.
Your thoughts on the list? Pipe up in the comments if you think someone was left out!