Some time in between getting judo flipped by DeJuan Blair, Hasheem Thabeet apparently played better than all other Big East players. Or at least that's how the coaches within the conference feel.
The news is a bit surprising, considering the way Blair roughed up Thabeet in the two teams' meeting. But as I pointed out yesterday, Thabeet has established himself as one of the best defensive players in Big East history. So I guess it can kind of be seen as a recognition of his pretty great career.
Blair's stats were slightly better (15.6 ppg, 12.4 boards), but Thabeet (13.6 ppg, 10.8 rebounds) obviously has a big edge in blocks per game (4.5 to one). And Blair's tendency to rack up fouls also led to Pitt shooting itself in the foot several times.
Blair is probably the better player, but Thabeet had a good enough year where this news isn't too shocking. Like me, I'm sure most people had a "Really? ... Well, I guess that makes some sense" reaction.
Other awards handed out today:
Rookie of the Year
Greg Monroe, Georgetown
Coach of the Year