Big East Preview from the Providence Crier Staff

We’ve made it through the offseason, folks. It is college basketball time. We couldn’t be happier to put last year behind us. Hope springs eternal (or something like that).

The Crier and I preview below our thoughts on Big East Preseason Rankings, First Team All Conference, and individual accolades. We then put a Providence twist on things by naming individual awards for players on the PC team.

BOC Big East Standings

  1. Villanova
  2. Xavier
  3. UCONN
  4. Saint Johns
  5. Providence
  6. Butler
  7. Seton Hall
  8. Creighton
  9. Georgetown
  10. Marquette
  11. Depaul

Crier Big East Standings

  1. Villanova
  2. Saint Johns
  3. UCONN
  4. Xavier
  5. Providence
  6. Butler
  7. Seton Hall
  8. Creighton
  9. Georgetown
  10. Marquette
  11. Depaul

BOC First Team All Conference

  1. Collin Gillespie, Villanova (Co-Player of the Year)
  2. Julian Champagnie, St. Johns (Co-Player of the Year)
  3. Nate Watson, Providence
  4. Paul Scruggs, Xavier
  5. Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall

Crier First Team All Conference

  1. Collin Gillespie, Villanova (Player of the Year)
  2. Julian Champagnie, St. Johns
  3. Nate Watson, Providence
  4. Posh Alexander, St. Johns
  5. Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall

BOC Individual Award Predictions

Player of the Year: Collin Gillespie and Julian Champagnie

Coach of the Year: LaVall Jordan, Butler

Most Improved Player: Justin Lewis, Marquette

Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Whaley, UCONN

Freshman of the Year: Aminu Mohahmmed, Georgetown

Crier Individual Award Predictions

Player of the Year: Collin Gillespie, Villanova

Coach of the Year: Mike Anderson, St. Johns

Most Improved Player: Justin Lewis, Marquette

Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Freemantle, Xavier (whoops)

Freshman of the Year: Ryan Nembhardt, Creighton

PC Specific Awards

Player of the Year: Nate Watson (BOC), Nate Watson (Crier)

Most Improved Player: AJ Reeves (BOC), Jared Bynum (Crier)

Freshman of the Year: Rafael Castro (BOC), Legend Geeter (Crier)

Most Impactful Transfer: Al Durham (BOC) , Justin Minaya (Crier)

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