Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year
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. 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. The most recent award recipient was JaKarr Sampson of St. Johns University.
The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, awarded to David Russell of St. John's. Until the 1988–89 season, the award was known as the "Freshman of the Year." 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 thirty-two 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.
|1979-1980||David Russell||St. John's|
|1985-1986||Dana Barros||Boston College|
|1990-1991||Bill Curley||Boston College|
|1995-1996||Scoonie Penn||Boston College|
|1998-1999||Troy Murphy||Notre Dame|
|1999-2000||Troy Bell||Boston College|
|2000-2001||Eddie Griffin||Seton Hall|
|2001-2002||Chris Thomas||Notre Dame|
|2011-2012||Moe Harkless||St. John's|
|2012-2013||JaKarr Sampson||St. John's|
Winners by school
Georgetown University leads the award count as of 2013 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 10 of the 20 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 (leaving The American for the Big Ten Conference in 2014), DePaul University (also in the current Big East), the University of Louisville (leaving The American for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014), and the University of South Florida (now in The American). 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. Because the college basketball season spans the new year, the year awarded is the year in which that season ended.
|School (year joined)||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|
|Notre Dame (1995)[a 2]||2||1999, 2002|
|Villanova (1980)||2||1997, 2007|
|Cincinnati (2005)[a 1]||1||2010|
|Seton Hall (1979)||1||2001|
- 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.
- Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse left for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013.
- Boston College left for the ACC in 2005.
- Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
- Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
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