Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

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The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year is a Rookie of the Year award given annually by the Big East Conference to one or more male basketball players in their first year of school. It was first awarded by the original Big East Conference at the end of its inaugural 1979–80 season. When the conference split along football lines in 2013, the seven schools of the original Big East that did not play FBS football joined with three other schools and formed a new Big East Conference, with the FBS schools remaining in the former Big East structure under the new name of American Athletic Conference (The American).

The award, like the other conference awards, is voted on by conference coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their teams.[1] The recipient of the award is announced at a press conference immediately preceding the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, at the same time as the Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The ceremony takes place at Madison Square Garden during the tournament.[1] The most recent award recipient was Billy Garrett, Jr. of DePaul University.[2]

The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, awarded to David Russell of St. John's.[3] Until the 1988–89 season, the award was known as the "Freshman of the Year."[4] Co-Rookie of the year awards have been presented twice over the course of thirty seasons: after the 2004–05 season to Rudy Gay and Jeff Green and again after the 2007–08 season to Jonny Flynn and DeJuan Blair. As such, the award has been presented 37 times. As only freshmen and first-year transfers are eligible, it is impossible to win the award more than once. However, the coaches in the conference also award a Preseason Rookie of the Year to one or more players before the start of the NCAA basketball season.


Season Player School
1979-1980 Russell, DavidDavid Russell St. John's
1980-1981 Brown, FredFred Brown Georgetown
1981-1982 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing Georgetown
1982-1983 Kelley, EarlEarl Kelley Connecticut
1983-1984 Washington, DwaneDwayne Washington Syracuse
1984-1985 Smith, CharlesCharles Smith Pittsburgh
1985-1986 Barros, DanaDana Barros Boston College
1986-1987 Coleman, DerrickDerrick Coleman Syracuse
1987-1988 Miller, SeanSean Miller Pittsburgh
1988-1989 Shorter, BrianBrian Shorter Pittsburgh
1989-1990 Henefeld, NadavNadav Henefeld Connecticut
1990-1991 Curley, BillBill Curley Boston College
1991-1992 Moten, LawrenceLawrence Moten Syracuse
1992-1993 Harrington, OthellaOthella Harrington Georgetown
1993-1994 Sheffer, DoronDoron Sheffer Connecticut
1994-1995 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Georgetown
1995-1996 Penn, ScoonieScoonie Penn Boston College
1996-1997 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Villanova
1997-1998 El-Amin, KhalidKhalid El-Amin Connecticut
1998-1999 Murphey, TroyTroy Murphy Notre Dame
1999-2000 Bell, TroyTroy Bell Boston College
2000-2001 Griffin, EddieEddie Griffin Seton Hall
2001-2002 Thomas, ChirsChris Thomas Notre Dame
2002-2003 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony Syracuse
2003-2004 Taft, ChrisChris Taft Pittsburgh
2004-2005 Gay, RudyRudy Gay Connecticut
2004-2005 Green, JeffJeff Green Georgetown
2005-2006 James, DominicDominic James Marquette
2006-2007 Reynolds, ScottieScottie Reynolds Villanova
2007-2008 Flynn, JonnyJonny Flynn Syracuse
2007-2008 Blair, DeJuanDeJuan Blair Pittsburgh
2008-2009 Monroe, GregGreg Monroe Georgetown
2009-2010 Stephenson, LanceLance Stephenson Cincinnati
2010-2011 Melvin, ClevelandCleveland Melvin DePaul
2011-2012 Harkless, MoeMoe Harkless St. John's
2012-2013 Sampson, JaKarrJaKarr Sampson St. John's
2013-2014 Garrett, Jr., BillyBilly Garrett, Jr. DePaul
2014-2015 Delgado, AngelAngel Delgado Seton Hall

Winners by school[edit]

Georgetown University leads the award count as of 2014 with six. The Big East split into two conferences in July 2013. One of the leagues, made up entirely of schools that do not sponsor FBS football, retained the Big East name. This group of schools, collectively known as the "Catholic 7", includes Georgetown. The other league, made up entirely of FBS football schools, maintains the charter of the original Big East but now operates as the American Athletic Conference. Of schools remaining in the renamed conference, the University of Connecticut has the most winners, with five. Only 12 of the 23 teams that have participated in Big East Conference men's basketball have had players win the Rookie of the Year award. Member schools which have never won the award include Providence College (in the current Big East), Rutgers University (which left The American for the Big Ten Conference in 2014), the University of Louisville (which left The American for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014), the University of South Florida (now in The American), and the three schools which joined the current Big East from other conferences in 2013: Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University. Schools which left the Big East without winning the award include the University of Miami, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. Boston College was a founding member in 1979, and left the Big East for the ACC in 2005.[5] Because the college basketball season spans the new year, the year awarded is the year in which that season ended.

School (year joined)[6] Winners Years
Georgetown (1979) 6 1981, 1982, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2009
Connecticut (1979)[a 1] 5 1983, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2005
Pittsburgh (1982)[a 2] 5 1985, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2008
Syracuse (1979)[a 2] 5 1984, 1987, 1992, 2003, 2008
Boston College (1979)[a 3] 4 1986, 1991, 1996, 2000
St. John's (1979) 3 1980, 2012, 2013
DePaul (2005) 2 2011, 2014
Notre Dame (1995)[a 2] 2 1999, 2002
Villanova (1980) 2 1997, 2007
Seton Hall (1979) 2 2001, 2015
Cincinnati (2005)[a 1] 1 2010
Marquette (2005) 1 2006


  1. ^ a b Following the split of the conference, Cincinnati and Connecticut (along with three other schools that never had a winner: Louisville, Rutgers, and South Florida) remained in the football-sponsoring portion now known as The American.
  2. ^ a b c Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse left for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013.
  3. ^ Boston College left for the ACC in 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Anthony, Mike (March 11, 2009). "Thabeet, Blair Share Big East Player Of Year Award". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "BIG EAST Announces Men's Basketball Player, Rookie, Coach of the Year" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Great Names In St. John's Basketball History". St. John's Red Storm. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Big East Basketball Rookie of the Year". Orange Hoops. March 11, 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "About the ACC". Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Big East Conference". Big East Conference. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2009. [dead link]

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