James Akinjo named Big East freshman of the year

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Villanova head coach Jay Wright has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year for a record sixth time. Howard also is a finalist for the Wooden Award, given to the national player of the year.

Howard is second on Marquette's all-time scoring list, a record that will be broken shortly. Jerel McNeal now holds the record with 1,985 points. I know this sounds odd but I really mean it: All 10 teams have a legitimate shot to win the Big East Tournament this year.

Now, without any further ado, let's dive into previewing the Big East Basketball Tournament.

Akinjo was averaging 13.3 points and 5.4 assists per game, and he is the first Georgetown player to win the frosh award since Greg Monroe in 2008-09.

The Big East was once the dominant conference in college basketball during the 1980s with the likes of Georgetown, St. John's and Syracuse. While the Wildcats are the co-favorites to win this week's tourney along with Marquette, it's important to remember that Villanova hasn't won a non-home game since late January (an 86-74 win at DePaul). This season's success was achieved despite losing four players from last year's national championship squad to the NBA Draft. Wright has earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades in 2006, '09, '14, '15, and '16 (shared with Seton Hall's Kevin Willard).

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