Marquette forward Jae Crowder is the Big East Player of the Year, becoming the first Marquette player to receive the Big East award. Dwyane Wade won player of the year honors in 2003 in Conference USA and Jim McIlvaine won it back in 1994 when Marquette was a part of the Great Midwest conference.
The Big East also named South Florida’s Stan Heath as coach of the year and Moe Harkless of St. John’s as the league’s rookie of the year.
Crowder was also announced as one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top men’s player.
Crowder helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 14-4 record in the Big East this season. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a game this past season.