We’re living in unprecedented times, right?
For the first time in Big East history, there will be a three-way split for the Big East Player of the Year Award. In a vote conducted by coaches, there was a tie between Villanova’s Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, as well as Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili. All three earned a share of the award.
Gillespie averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, before going down with a season-ending knee injury. He shot 42.8% on the floor and 37.6% from deep. Gillespie had the third-highest assist average in the conference.
Robinson-Earl led the ‘Cats with team-high averages of 15.2 and 8.4 rebounds per game. He shot 48.3% on the floor and 76.3% from the free throw line. His 8.4 boards per game were the second-most in the Big East.
As for Mamukelashvili, he was the Big East’s second-highest scorer in the regular season, finishing with 17.8 points per game. He also had 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Gillespie and Robinson-Earl join recent winners Ryan Arcidiacono (2014-15), Josh Hart (2016-17), and Jalen Brunson (2017-18) as Wildcats to earn the honor since conference realignment.
Other individual awards:
Big East Player of the Year
Collin Gillespie, Sr., G, Villanova
Sandro Mamukelashvili, Sr., F, Seton Hall
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, So., F, Villanova
Big East Coach of the Year
Mike Anderson, St. John’s
Big East Freshman of the Year
Posh Alexander, G, St. John’s
Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Ike Obiagu, Jr., C, Seton Hall
Big East Defensive Player of the Year
Posh Alexander, Fr., G, St. John’s
Isaiah Whaley, Sr., F, UConn
Big East Most Improved Player
Julian Champagnie, So., G/F, St. John’s
Zach Freemantle, So., F, Xavier
Big East Sixth Man of the Year
Tyler Polley, Sr., F, UConn
Big East Sportsmanship Award
Mitch Ballock, Sr., F, Creighton