Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

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The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year, known as Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year from 1989 to 2015, is a Rookie of the Year award given annually by the Big East Conference to one or more men's basketball players in their first year of competitive play. 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). While both offshoot conferences claim the same 1979 starting date and administrative history, the athletic history of the original league is claimed only by the current Big East.

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 and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. The ceremony takes place at Madison Square Garden during the tournament.[1] The most recent award recipient was Justin Patton of Creighton 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] from then through the 2014–15 season, it was known as "Rookie of the Year", and first-year transfers were eligible for the award alongside freshmen. The award once again became "Freshman of the Year" in 2016, with eligibility restricted to freshmen.[5] The award has been shared twice—first after the 2004–05 season by Rudy Gay and Jeff Green, and again after the 2007–08 season by Jonny Flynn and DeJuan Blair. As such, the award has been presented 40 times. As only freshmen are eligible (with first-year transfers also eligible from 1989–2015), 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
1979–80 Russell, DavidDavid Russell St. John's
1980–81 Brown, FredFred Brown Georgetown
1981–82 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing Georgetown
1982–83 Kelley, EarlEarl Kelley Connecticut
1983–84 Washington, DwayneDwayne Washington Syracuse
1984–85 Smith, CharlesCharles Smith Pittsburgh
1985–86 Barros, DanaDana Barros Boston College
1986–87 Coleman, DerrickDerrick Coleman Syracuse
1987–88 Miller, SeanSean Miller Pittsburgh
1988–89 Shorter, BrianBrian Shorter Pittsburgh
1989–90 Henefeld, NadavNadav Henefeld Connecticut
1990–91 Curley, BillBill Curley Boston College
1991–92 Moten, LawrenceLawrence Moten Syracuse
1992–93 Harrington, OthellaOthella Harrington Georgetown
1993–94 Sheffer, DoronDoron Sheffer Connecticut
1994–95 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Georgetown
1995–96 Penn, ScoonieScoonie Penn Boston College
1996–97 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Villanova
1997–98 El AminKhalid El-Amin Connecticut
1998–99 Murphy, TroyTroy Murphy Notre Dame
1999–00 Bell, TroyTroy Bell Boston College
2000–01 Griffin, EddieEddie Griffin Seton Hall
2001–02 Thomas, ChrisChris Thomas Notre Dame
2002–03 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony Syracuse
2003–04 Taft, ChrisChris Taft Pittsburgh
2004–05 Gay, RudyRudy Gay Connecticut
2004–05 Green, JeffJeff Green Georgetown
2005–06 James, DominicDominic James Marquette
2006–07 Reynolds, ScottieScottie Reynolds Villanova
2007–08 Flynn, JonnyJonny Flynn Syracuse
2007–08 Blair, DeJuanDeJuan Blair Pittsburgh
2008–09 Monroe, GregGreg Monroe Georgetown
2009–10 Stephenson, LanceLance Stephenson Cincinnati
2010–11 Melvin, ClevelandCleveland Melvin DePaul
2011–12 Harkless, MoeMoe Harkless St. John's
2012–13 Sampson, JaKarrJaKarr Sampson St. John's
2013–14 Garrett, Jr., BillyBilly Garrett, Jr. DePaul
2014–15 Delgado, AngelAngel Delgado Seton Hall
2015–16 Ellenson, HenryHenry Ellenson Marquette
2016–17 Patton, JustinJustin Patton Creighton

Winners by school[edit]

Georgetown University leads the award count as of 2017 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, whose core members are 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 13 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 two schools which joined the current Big East from other conferences in 2013: Butler 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.[6] Because the college basketball season spans the new year, the year awarded is the year in which that season ended.

School (year joined)[7] 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
Marquette (2005) 2 2006, 2016
Cincinnati (2005)[a 1] 1 2010
Creighton (2013) 1 2017


  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. ^ "Villanova's Hart Selected Big East Player of the Year Creighton's Patton Tabbed Freshman of the Year Butler's Holtmann Named Coach of the Year" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  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. ^ "BIG EAST Announces Men's Basketball Major Awards" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 19, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "About the ACC". Atlantic Coast Conference. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Big East Conference". Big East Conference. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 

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