This morning, the Big East announced some of the individual awards for the men's basketball season. The two that are most important to mention here are the two earned by Marquette players. Junior Cadougan won the Big East's Sportsmanship Award and Davante Gardner was named Sixth Man Of The Year.
It appears that the qualifications necessary to win the Sportsmanship award are slightly nebulous. Here's the bit from the Big East press release on Junior's shiny new trophy:
Cadougan has been the steady point guard for Marquette. The 6-1 senior is averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 assists. The BIG EAST coaches also recognized his sportsmanlike manner. A team captain, Cadougan has won the team’s Create for Others Award as a sophomore and junior and the Hank Raymonds Sportsmanship Award in 2009-10. Cadougan came to Marquette from Toronto, Ont.
Still, winning is winning.
We discussed Gardner's season long excellence off the bench yesterday. When you look at the list of players that earned all-conference honors, it was somewhat obvious that Ox would win Sixth Man. Unless I'm horrifyingly wrong, he's the only one out of the 20 players honored that comes off the bench.
Cadougan and Gardner join Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Jae Crowder as the only Marquette players to earn individual recognition from the Big East. That is not a shabby list.
The Big East announced one award that we attempted to predict in our predictions post. Gorgui Dieng won Defensive Player Of The Year. Dieng led the conference in rebounding and finished second in blocks behind the guy I picked to win DPOY, St. John's center Chris Obekpa. Seeing as Dieng made it onto the all-conference first team, I can't really be surprised by that one.