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Jalen Brunson Named Big East Preseason Player of the Year

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Jalen Brunson, the 6-foot-3 junior point guard from Villanova was named as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, as the Big East named their Preseason All-Big East Team on Wednesday. All five players on the All-Big East team are entering their senior season.

The Preseason All-Big East Team consists of Butler forward Kelan Martin, Creighton guard Marcus Foster, Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall center Angel Delgado, and Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett.

Last season at Villanova, Brunson averaged 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, in 36 games played. After leading Villanova to a Big East Championship title and the No. 1 seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament, the Wildcats fell to No. 8 seed Wisconsin in the second round. In the Big East Semi-Final game against Seton Hall, Brunson had a breakout game, scoring 22 points on 7-of-7 shooting and 10 assists in a 92-70 victory.

As a freshman, Brunson helped lead Villanova to a 2016 NCAA Tournament Championship victory over North Carolina. In addition to Brunson, Villanova redshirt freshman Omari Spellman was named Big East Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

The Preseason All-Big East Second Team consists of Marquette sophomore guard Markus Howard, Providence senior forward Rodney Bullock, Providence senior guard Kyron Cartwright, and St. John’s sophomore guard Marcus LoVett.

On Tuesday, Brunson was named to the 2018 Bob Cousy Award Watch List. Earlier this month, Kansas point guard Devonté Graham was named as the Big-12 Preseason Player of the Year.

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