With the All-Big East teams being announced earlier today, D`Angelo Harrison was the only St. John's Red Storm player to be named to the All-Big East First Team, while Sir`Dominic Pointer somehow was only a Second-Team selection after a stellar season.
Harrison tied a career-high with 17.8 points per game this season, while he added 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as well. Although he battled leg injuries for a good part of the season, his 42% shooting from the field and 38% 3-point percentage were each the highest of his career.
The First-Team selection puts Harrison in the running for Big East Player of the Year as well, as that will be announced Wednesday before the conference tournament kicks off.
First Team All-Big East selections
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova- Hilliard was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East First team. The senior guard averaged just over 14 points and shot 44% from the field for the Wildcats this season, as they rolled to a 29-2 overall record and won the Big East regular season title with a 14-2 conference record.
Hilliard leads the Wildcats in scoring, as they have won 16 of their last 17 games and appear to be headed towards a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament down the road.
Ladontae Henton, Providence- Another unanimous selection, Henton led the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game on the season for the Friars, who finished in fourth place in the Big East and are currently ranked 24th in the nation. He also led Providence with 6.3 rebounds per game, and will be considered one of the favorites for Big East Player of the Year.
Kris Dunn, Providence- Dunn was arguably the best all-around offensive player in the conference this season, as he scored 15.5 points per game, grabbed just under six rebounds per game, and led the Big East in both assists and steals.
In his first full season at Providence, Dunn became the first player in conference history to led the league in both assists and steals in conference play. The Friars finished fourth in the Big East and will face St. John's Thursday in the Big East Tournament.
Kellen Dunham, Butler- In his junior season, Dunham scored a career-high 16.6 points per game and shot the highest field goal percentage and 3-point percentage of his career as well. He led the 22-9 Bulldogs in scoring, and propelled them to a surprising 3rd-place finish in the Big East.
The 21st-ranked team in the nation, Butler will face Xavier in the second round of the Big East Tournament on Thursday night.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown- The preseason pick to win the Big East Player of the Year, Smith-Rivera had a bit of a down season in 2014-15, but he was still stellar for the Hoyas nonetheless.
He led Georgetown with 16 points and just over three assists per game, as the Hoyas finished in the second spot in the Big East this season and secured a bye into the conference tournament's quarterfinals.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova- The final selection to the All-Big East First Team, Aricidiacono finished second on Villanova in scoring and led the Wildcats in assists. He shot a career-high in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage.
Pointer Absent From Conference First Team
Although many around the conference feel as though he should have been considered for Big East Player of the Year, Sir`Dominic Pointer was left off the All-Big East First team entirely. Pointer ranked in the top four in the conference in rebounds, blocks, and steals per game, and he averaged a career-high 13.7 points per game on the season.
Many Big East writers sounded off on the surprising decision to leave Pointer off the conference's First Team.
Anyone who thinks Dom Pointer is a 2nd-Teamer just hasn't watched enough Big East basketball this season. Joke.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 8, 2015
One Big East head coach I spoke to called Sir'Dominic Pointer being left off first team "a little bit of a travesty." #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) March 8, 2015
Joining Pointer on the All-Big East Second Team are Matt Stainbrook of Xavier, Matt Carlino of Marquette, Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall, and Roosevelt Jones of Butler.