2008–09 Big East Conference Men's Basketball Season - Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

The following players were honored with postseason awards after having been voted for by Big East Conference coaches.

Co-Players of the Year:

Defensive Player of the Year:

  • Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, C, Jr.

Rookie of the Year:

  • Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, Fr.

Most Improved Player:

  • Dante Cunningham, Villanova, F, Sr.

Sixth Man Award:

  • Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, So.

Sportsmanship Award:

  • Alex Ruoff, West Virginia, G, Sr.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:

  • Alex Ruoff, West Virginia, G, Sr.

Coach of the Year:

  • Jay Wright, Villanova (8th season)

All-Big East First Team:

  • Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, C, Jr., 7–3, 263, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Terrence Williams, Louisville, F, Sr., 6–6, 210, Seattle, Wash.
  • Jerel McNeal, Marquette, G, Sr., 6–3, 200 Chicago, Ill.
  • Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6–8, 251, Schererville, Ind.
  • DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, C, So., 6–7, 265, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Sam Young, Pittsburgh, F, Sr., 6–6, 215, Clinton, Md.

All-Big East Second Team:

  • A.J. Price, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6–2, 181, Amityville, N.Y.
  • Wesley Matthews, Marquette, G, Sr., 6–5, 215, Madison, Wis.
  • Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, G, So., 6–0, 185, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Dante Cunningham, Villanova, F, Sr., 6–8, 230, Silver Spring, Md.
  • Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6–7, 225, Newark, N.J.

All-Big East Third Team:

  • Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6–1, 195, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Jeff Adrien, Connecticut, F, Sr., 6–7, 243, Brookline, Mass.
  • Earl Clark, Louisville, G/F, Jr., 6–8, 220, Rahway, N.J.
  • Levance Fields, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 5–10, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, So., 6–5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.

Big East Honorable Mention:

  • Weyinmi Efejuku, Providence, G, Sr., 6–5, 210, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
  • Dominique Jones, USF, G, So., 6–4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.
  • Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Jr., 6–2, 195, Herndon, Va.
  • Alex Ruoff, West Virginia, G, Sr., 6–6, 220, Spring Hill, Fla.

Big East All-Rookie Team:

  • Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Fr., 6–9, 255, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6–0, 175, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, Fr., 6–10, 240, Gretna, La.
  • Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, Fr., 6–8, 240, Trelawny Parish, Jamaica
  • Mike Rosario, Rutgers, G, Fr., 6–3, 180, Jersey City, N.J.
  • Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, Fr., 6–9, 205, Long Island City, N.Y.

The following players were selected to the 2009 Associated Press All-America teams.

First Team All-America:

  • DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, Key Stats: 15.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 59.9 FG%, 1.5 steals (49 1st place votes, 294 points)

Second Team All-America:

  • Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, Key Stats: 13.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 4.6 blocks, 64.3 FG% (19, 238)
  • Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, Key Stats: 23.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.1 apg (6, 135)
  • Jerel McNeal, Marquette, Key Stats: 19.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 40.6 3-pt FG% (7, 114)

Third Team All-America:

  • Terrence Williams, Louisville, Key Stats: 12.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.5 steals (4, 103)
  • Sam Young, Pittsburgh, Key Stats: 18.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg (1, 79)

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