Villanova junior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono along with Providence's Kris Dunn will share the 2015 Big East Player of the Year Award. The two guards were key players on their teams this season, helping them to first and fourth place in the conference, respectively.
Jay Wright was also honored by being named the Big East Coach of the Year, it was announced.
For Villanova, Arcidiacono was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game on 40% shooting from the field. He connected on 36.8% of his shots from deep, but his shooting was the hottest during the heart of the Big East schedule. He dished out a team-high 3.6 assists per game, and had just 1.5 turnovers per contest this season. In conference games, he averaged 12.9 ppg and 3.6 apg and played the most minutes of any Wildcats player.
Some fans may find the selection curious. Darrun Hilliard had emerged as the leader of this Wildcat team, scoring 15.4ppg during Big East games and connecting on 38.2% from 3-point range while adding an average of 3.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 steals. He turned the ball over just 1.2 times per game while playing the second-most minutes on the team.
Wright, who led the Wildcats to their second consecutive regular season Big East Championship, claims his second consecutive conference coaching award and fourth overall (he won in 2006 & 2009).