The Big East revealed its first team today and, as expected, Kemba Walker was on it. Here's what wasn't expected: he was not a unanimous selection. The team, which is voted on by the Big East coaches had only one unanimous selection -- Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame.
That, frankly, is shocking. You can have a perfectly legitimate debate about who should be the Big East Player of the Year, but there are six spots on the First Team, and there is no defensible way to claim that Walker was not one of the six best players in the conference this year. Walker did not miss out because of position either -- all six of the First Team members are guards. Austin Freeman of Georgetown, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Marshon Brooks of Providence and Dwight Hardy of St. John's were the other four members of the squad.
This result is not a good sign for Walker's Player of the Year chances. He could still win the award (the winner will be announced on Tuesday), but it's a long shot. I have no idea who left Walker off his ballot, but I'd love to hear an explanation.
The full release and rosters from the conference is after the jump.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Notre Dame senior Ben Hansbrough is the only unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, the league announced. The conference’s head coaches choose the all-conference teams. The coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players. The league announced the All-BIG EAST First, Second and Third Teams in addition to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin was the lone unanimous pick on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
The six first-team players are also the top six scorers in the BIG EAST. The other first-team selections are: Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Austin Freeman of Georgetown, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Marshon Brooks of Providence and Dwight Hardy of St. John’s.