2009-2010 Big East Basketball Preview: Part 5 of 5

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by: David Kay

I have broken down each team from the Big East and where I think they will finish in the conference race.  Now, our week long Big East preview concludes with some post-season award predictions.

12 of the 16 players selected to the All-Conference teams have moved on from their college careers so there are plenty of new faces ready to make a name for themselves in the Big East.  There should also be a good crop of freshmen ready to make an immediate impact and gain national attention.  Here is part five of our Big East preview, make sure to check out the team-by-team breakdowns linked at the bottom of the page.  You can also check out individual scouting reports by clicking on certain players’ names.

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All Big East First Team
(POY) Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Greg Monroe, Georgetown
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
De’Sean Butler, West Virginia
Lazar Hayward, Marquette

Second Team
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall
Wesley Johnson, Syracuse
Jerome Dyson, UConn
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
Dominique Jones, South Florida

Third Team
Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati
Ashton Gibbs, Pitt
Mike Rosario, Rutgers
Samardo Samuels, Louisville
Tory Jackson, Notre Dame

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All-Freshman First Team
(FOY) Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati
Ater Mojak, UConn
Dominic Cheek, Villanova
Cashmere Wright, Cincinnati
Bilal Dixon, Providence

Second Team
Dante Taylor, Pitt
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Alex Oriakhi, UConn
Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown

Defensive Player of the Year

Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

Most Improved Player

Ashton Gibbs, Pitt

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Coach of the Year

Jay Wright, Villanova

Other sportsbank.net Big East Previews/Power Rankings
Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)

Does Luke Harangody Have A Future In The NBA?

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by: David Kay

I dislike Luke Harangody.  Immensely.  I can’t stand how he bitches about every foul he commits and every call he doesn’t get on offense.  His putrid looking turn-around jumper makes me want stab my eyes out with an ice pick.  The fact that he plays for Notre Dame only adds to my loathing.

I dislike Harangody more than Peter Christian dislikes the Oklahoma City Thunder; more than Mischa Barton dislikes food; more than Jack Bauer dislikes terrorists.  You get the point.

Even with that said, I cannot deny that he is a great college basketball player.  But will his success translate to the next level?  Click here for a complete breakdown of Harangody’s game and how it might carry over to the NBA.