Billy Garrett Jr. Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
March 12, 2014
NEW YORK – After leading all freshman in scoring, assists and free throw percentage throughout the regular season, DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr. was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year at a Madison Square Garden press conference on Wednesday afternoon. The award was announced along with the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Garrett and teammate Tommy Hamilton IV were named to the league’s All-Rookie Team on Sunday. Garrett is the top rookie scorer in the BIG EAST with a 12.4 scoring average and also leads all league rookie in assists and free throw percentage. He also led all BIG EAST freshmen by winning Rookie of the Week honors five times this season.
Garrett is the second player in the last four years to be named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Cleveland Melvin earned the award in 2011. The only other player in program history to win the top conference freshman award was Quentin Richardson in 1999 as the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. DePaul played as an independent until joining the Great Midwest Conference in 1991.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott was named the Player of the Year and Villanova’s Jay Wright was the Coach of the Year. Butler’s Alex Barlow was selected as the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Voting for the Rookie, Player and Coach of the Year awards was done by the league’s 10 head coaches. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was chosen by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee.
The Blue Demons open BIG EAST Tournament play Wednesday night against Georgetown. Start time is 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and WSCR 670 The Score. DePaul enters the game as the No. 10 seed against the seventh-seeded Hoyas. The winner of the first round game advances to play second-seeded Creighton on Thursday night.