Jalen Brunson, Trevon Bluiett and Kelan Martin were unanimously selected to the 2017-18 All-Big East First Team on Sunday. The stars of the Villanova Wildcats, Xavier Musketeers and Butler Bulldogs were three of the six players named to the First Team, which also included Shamorie Ponds, Mikal Bridges and Marcus Foster.
All-#BIGEASThoops First Team— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) March 4, 2018
➡️ Kelan Martin* - @ButlerMBB
➡️ Marcus Foster - @BluejayMBB
➡️ Shamorie Ponds - @StJohnsBBall
➡️ Mikal Bridges - @NovaMBB
➡️ Jalen Brunson* - @NovaMBB
➡️ Trevon Bluiett* - @XavierMBB
* unanimous selection pic.twitter.com/Vbn445xd8B
All in all, none of this so far is too surprising. KenPom’s All-Conference Team featured five of the six players mentioned, with Marcus Foster being the lone player out over there. So the thought around the conference seems to be that these were the best players all season. It’s tough to argue with these choices, especially the leading stars of the show.
Brunson is, of course, a National Player of the Year candidate. Bluiett has been as good of a scorer as you’ll find, and Martin has as well. Bridges is arguably the best two-way player in the conference not named Khyri Thomas. Thomas’ teammate Marcus Foster has been a driving force for the Jays in the scoring department. and Shamorie Ponds was the brightest spot in a tumultuous season for the Johnnies.
Update: We have the All-Big East Second Team.
All-#BIGEASThoops Second Team— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) March 4, 2018
➡️ Khyri Thomas - @BluejayMBB
➡️ Marcus Derrickson - @GeorgetownHoops
➡️ Markus Howard - @MarquetteMBB
➡️ Angel Delgado - @SetonHallMBB
➡️ Desi Rodriguez - @SHUAthletics pic.twitter.com/ztaQbX7HkL
So, we have two Seton Hall Pirates joining the fray as Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez were named to the Second Team. Also, the aforementioned Thomas made the Second Team for his spectacular two-way play. The prolific Markus Howard of the Marquette Golden Eagles is on the squad, as is Georgetown Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson. Derrickson enjoyed a terrific junior season for the Hoyas, and his teammate Jessie Govan was probably deserving of honors, as well.
The honorable mentions went to Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey and Kyron Cartwright of the Providence Friars.
The All-Freshman Team included the extremely talented Omari Spellman. Spellman, the star youngster for the Villanova Wildcats, was unanimously selected to the All-Freshman Team. He, along with Naji Marshall of the Xavier Musketeers and Jamorko Pickett of Georgetown were the unanimous choices. Joining those three were Nate Watson of Providence, Jahvon Blair of Georgetown and Mitch Ballock of Creighton.