Freeman named Big East Preseason Player of the Year, Hoyas picked to finish 4th

This morning, senior guard Austin Freeman was named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year at the conference’s media day in New York City.

Freeman, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season, was chosen through a vote of Big East men’s basketball coaches. Senior point guard Chris Wright was also selected to the preseason All-Big East second team.

This is the sixth time a Georgetown basketball player has earned the preseason award; Roy Hibbert and Alonzo Mourning each won it once, while Patrick Ewing won it three times in the mid-1980s.

Georgetown was picked to finish fourth in the Big East by a vote of conference coaches. Syracuse, Villanova, and Pittsburgh are expected to finish above the Hoyas. The men’s team will kick off its 2010-2011 season on November 12 at Old Dominion. (The first home game will be November 15 against Tulane at 7 p.m.)

We’ll check in with the women’s basketball team tomorrow during part two of Big East media day.

Preseason All-Big East first team:

  • Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-3 ½, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
  • Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
  • Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Preseason All-Big East second team:
  • Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
  • Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
  • Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
  • D.J. Kennedy, St. John’s, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 214, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec

Preseason Big East coaches’ poll:

  1. Pittsburgh (222)
  2. Villanova (208)
  3. Syracuse (187)
  4. Georgetown (173)
  5. West Virginia (164)
  6. St. John’s (145)
  7. Notre Dame (123)
  8. Louisville (121, tie)
  9. Marquette (121, tie)
  10. Connecticut (113)
  11. Seton Hall (104)
  12. Cincinnati (91)
  13. University of South Florida (54)
  14. Providence (36)
  15. Rutgers (32)
  16. DePaul (26)

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