With the college basketball season creeping closer and closer, it's time for Big East Media Day. And with this day come the announcement of the conference's preseason awards. Here is a full list of them below.
Big East Preseason Player of the Year
Kris Dunn- Providence
Probably the most obvious choice of the day. Kris Dunn is one of the best guards in the country and will likely be a lottery pick in next year's draft.
Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jalen Brunson- Villanova
Jalen Brunson takes this one home over the conference's other heralded rookie, Marquette's Henry Ellenson. You really couldn't go wrong picking either one.
Preseason All-Big East First Team
Kellen Dunham- Butler
Roosevelt Jones- Butler
D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera- Georgetown
Ryan Arcidiacono- Villanova
Jalen Reynolds- Xavier
Butler's duo of Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones lead things off, while last season's Big East Preseason Player of the Year D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera is also featured. The 2015 Big East Co-Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono obviously makes the team, while Xavier's Jalen Reynolds rounds out the list.
Preseason All-Big East Second Team
Henry Ellenson- Marquette
Angel Delgado- Seton Hall
Isaiah Whitehead- Seton Hall
Daniel Ochefu- Villanova
Billy Garrett Jr.- DePaul
Marquette's Ellenson wasn't able to garner the preseason rookie of the year award, but he is listed here. Seton Hall's Angel Delgado and Isaiah Whitehead are also featured as the Pirates look to rebound from a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season. Rounding out the list are Daniel Ochefu of Villanova and Billy Garrett Jr. of DePaul.
Preseason All-Big East Honorable Mention
Isaac Copeland- Georgetown
Luke Fischer- Marquette
Jalen Brunson- Villanova
Trevon Bluiett- Xavier
Four solid players round out the awards for the day. Isaac Copeland of Georgetown should play a big role if the Hoyas want to compete for the Big East crown, while Luke Fischer returns to Marquette after a solid first season with the Golden Eagles. Jalen Brunson of Villanova and Trevon Bluiett of Xavier also receive honorable mentions.
Preseason Coaches Poll
7. Seton Hall
10. St. John's
Not many surprises at the top as Villanova leads the way with Georgetown and Butler trailing just behind them. Xavier is a solid program that is expected to compete once again this season, and Providence has the star power to have a shot at the Big East title. Marquette and their new pieces are ranked sixth, while Seton Hall, DePaul, Creighton, and St. John's are expected to finish near the bottom of the conference.
It appears as though the Big East coaches believe that Chris Mullin will have a significant amount of work to do in his first season in Queens, as the Johnnies are picked to finish last in the Big East. St. John's also did not have one player on any of the preseason teams this season.
Are you surprised that St. John's has been picked to finish last in the conference this season? Do you see Chris Mullin and the Red Storm surpassing those not-so-lofty expectations in 2015-16?