From the Big East Media Day, where St. John's coach Steve Lavin is ready to get back to practice.
The Big East coaches' photo op, with Steve Lavin playing the role of Bob Huggins: #BEMediaDay pic.twitter.com/xxaEKs4kPk— A Daly Dose Of Hoops (@DalyDoseOfHoops) October 22, 2014
Meanwhile, the awards:
Your preseason All-Big East team
2014-15 Big East Preseason Player of the Year
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
Editor's note: is not having D`Angelo Harrison as preseason player of the year a snub? If you like points per game, Smith-Rivera actually scored MORE than D`Angelo Harrison (17.6 ppg vs Harrison's 17.5 ppg). And he's more efficient. Still, interesting choice.
Still, this is a good thing for St. John's fans: Harrison loves motivation.
Found new motivation that's not good for any teams!!— Dangelo Harrison (@DangeloHarrison) October 22, 2014
2014-15 Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall
Editor's note: no surprise there. Teammate Brandon Mobley said (to Jaden Daly of Daly Dose): "Offensively, he's about as good as any guard in the country. Skill-wise, he's ahead of just about every freshman and even some of the sophomores in this conference."
2014-15 Preseason All-Big East First Team
Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, Jr., 6-6, 185, Pendleton, Ind.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-3, 214, Indianapolis, Ind.
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, Sr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Texas
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-7, 235, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Matt Stainbrook, Xavier, C, Sr., 6-10, 270, Bay Village, Ohio
Editor's note - two players from Indiana on the first team? the Big East needs to step up its eastern recruiting.
2014-15 Preseason All-Big East Second Team
Billy Garrett, Jr., DePaul, G, So., 6-6, 205, Chicago, Ill.
LaDontae Henton, Providence, F, Sr., 6-6, 215, Lansing, Mich.
Rysheed Jordan, St. John's, G, So., 6-4, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, Bethlehem, Pa.
Editor's note: Villanova people are cheesed that Darrun Hilliard isn't on the first team. A little surprised to see Billy Garrett, Jr., on the second team. Sterling Gibbs, Dee Davis, could have gotten some shine here.
2014-15 Preseason All-Big East Honorable Mention
Roosevelt Jones, Butler, G, Jr., 6-4, 227, O'Fallon, Ill.
Chris Obekpa, St. John's, C, Jr., 6-9, 240, Makurdi, Nigeria
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-2, 185, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Editor's note: Defense does not, apparently, get you on to an all-league team. Obekpa could be a second-team player.