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Marcus LoVett earns freshman of the week; Bashir Ahmed honors

The Big East awards were kind to the Johnnies this week

After going 1-1 last week with a win over Marquette and a loss to Villanova, a pair of St. John’s players who led the charge earned this week’s honors from the Big East Conference.

Marcus LoVett, who averaged 20 points over the two games for the Red Storm, was named the Big East’s Freshman of the Week for the first time this season; Shamorie Ponds, the preseason Freshman of the Year, has received many of the honors, though LoVett has been as impactful on the court

LoVett averaged 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in between the two games, along with 3.5 turnovers. He shot 10/14 (71%) inside the arc and 5/12 (42%) from beyond the three-point line.

Junior forward Bashir Ahmed earned a spot on the five-player Big East Honor Roll. The junior wing from the Bronx averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, while shooting 52% inside the arc and 27% outside. In Big East play, Ahmed is currently averaging 42% shooting on two-pointers; the increased efficiency is a positive sign.

St. John’s faces off against Seton Hall next on Saturday, February 11 at noon, at Madison Square Garden.

The rest of the Big East Honor Roll, from the Big East:

Rodney Pryor, Georgetown, G, Gr.

Averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and shot 68.4 percent from the field in a 1-1 week. Scored 26 points in a win at DePaul.

Andrew Rowsey, Marquette, G, Jr.

Averaged 21.5 points in a 1-1 week. Had 22 points in a road win at DePaul. Shot 9-of-15 from 3-point range for the two games.

Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, Jr.

Averaged 19.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Posted 26 points and 17 rebounds in an overtime win at Georgetown.

Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Sr.

Averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a 2-0 week. He registered 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 92-79 victory over St. John’s.