We’re trying something new this year with our Big East men’s basketball preseason picks. In the past, it’s just been me, Brewtown Andy, your loyal AE site manager, assembling a wild guess at how the league’s coaches will vote. As you may have noticed, we’ve added some new voices to the site as this school year got started, so that means a slight change in format.
Each of the contributors to the site — the six new peeps and me — voted on each of the categories that the Big East will announce on Media Day: Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, All-Conference Team, and a full 10 team predicted order of finish. I tallied up the votes and what follows is the result. As we go, we’ll turn to a few of the writers to give you their insights on why they voted for that guy or that team.
Here we go…..
Preseason Player of the Year: Trevon Bluiett, Xavier (3 votes)
Thoughts on Player of the Year:
Besay: Trevon Bluiett just edges out Jalen Brunson because of his success in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Bluiett led his team to the Elite Eight last year and played lights out in the four games. He’s the best all-around player in the Big East and showed it in last year’s tournament.
NHammertime: Trevon Bluiett really put Xavier on his back during their surprising run to the Elite 8 last year. I think this will equate to Bluiett having a great deal of confidence in his ability to take over a game. Adding confidence to his already versatile skill set is a combination that will have Trevon Bluiett leading a Xavier team to Big East title contention.
Ben Snider: Angel Delgado is going to win Player of the Year this season unless he accidentally rips someone in half.
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Omari Spellman, Villanova (6 votes)
Thoughts on Freshman of the Year:
NHammertime: Freshman of the Year usually comes…