The 2020-21 All-Big East First team got revealed on Sunday.
Six players, including the 2020-21 Big East Player of the Year, were recognized for their efforts this season. Five teams — Creighton, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UConn, and Villanova — represent the distinguished group selected.
The Wildcats picked up two selections in Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. JRE and Gillespie led ‘Nova in scoring as they averaged 15.2 and 14.0 points per game. Robinson-Earl was a breakout star, while Gillespie had yet another strong season.
Creighton’s selection was none other than Marcus Zegarowski. The Preseason Player of the Year lived up to the hype, putting up 15.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. Zegarowski helped lead Creighton to a second-place finish, and they are the current favorite to win the Big East Tournament with him in tow.
Julian Champagnie was the choice from St. John’s. Champagnie put up a prodigious 19.9 points per game this season. That mark was good for second in the Big East, a strong effort indeed for the sophomore guard. The sky is the limit for him should he be back around again next year for St. John’s. The Red Storm played terrifically, and Champagnie was a big reason why.
Sandro Mamukelashvili represents Seton Hall on the All-Big East First Team. Mamu finished third in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game. The big man also put up 7.3 rebounds per game and shot 45 percent from the field. The Pirates might have been down this year, but Mamu played fantastic nearly every night.
Finally, UConn’s James Bouknight rounds out the team. Bouknight missed time but was impactful whenever he saw the floor. He finished first in the Big East in scoring, as he put up 20.2 points per game. Bouk had seven 20+ point performances, including a 40-point showing against Creighton in December.