On Sunday morning, the Big East announced the 2015-16 men's basketball all-conference teams. Henry Ellenson was named to the All-Big East First Team, as well as being a unanimous selection for the Big East's All-Freshman team. Ellenson was joined on the All-Freshman team by teammate Haanif Cheatham, who might be having the least recognized amazing freshman campaign in Marquette history.
Ellenson is the first freshman to make the All-Big East First Team since Carmelo Anthony in 2003. He finished the regular season ranked third in the Big East in scoring and he leads the conference in rebounding at just a shade under 10 per game.
Cheatham has been in the starting lineup alongside Ellenson for every one of Marquette's 31 games this season. Across league contests, Cheatham ranks 17th in the Big East in scoring this season, and his 85.5% free throw percentage is third best. Ellenson has been making the headlines for the freshman class, and for good reason. Cheatham, though, is quietly assembling one of the best freshman campaigns that Marquette fans have ever seen, which includes the one that Duane Wilson had a year ago. Cheatham ranks in the top 10 amongst Marquette freshmen in eight different stat categories, including trailing only Ellenson in made free throws.
Ellenson was one of three unanimous selections on the All-Freshman team, along with Xavier's Edmond Sumner and Villanova's Jalen Brunson. It's safe to say that the Freshman of the Year will come from that trio later this week, and with his First Team nod in hand, Ellenson has to be the favorite. Ellenson and Xavier's Trevon Bluiett were the only non-unanimous choices on the First Team, which means that the Player of the Year will come from the other four honorees.
Marquette is the #7 seed in the 2016 Big East tournament, and will face #10 seed St. John's on Wednesday night at 8:30pm Central.
You can check out the full release from the Big East here.