Garrett, January Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winners
July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017


NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference has announced the winners of the 2016-17 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service. DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr. and Jessica January were honored in men’s and women’s basketball.


The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.


Garrett completed his DePaul career in 2016-17 and was named the 2017 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Sportsmanship Award honoree. He was also selected to the 2017 Allstate/NABC Good Works Team and 2017 NACDA I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team.


January was a 2017 Summa Cum Laude graduate at DePaul and earned 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. She was also a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree, selected in 2017 WNBA Draft and was a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.


The list of 22 honorees includes 16 seniors, four juniors and two graduate students. Nine of the winners competed in the NCAAs in their respective sports this past year. Fourteen were or have been BIG EAST Players of the Year or Individual BIG EAST Championship winners. All 10 full-time BIG EAST members were represented, with two affiliate members. Seton Hall had the most honorees with five, followed by Villanova with four and Butler with three. DePaul had a pair of winners, and Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Xavier and affiliates Temple and Liberty had one. Patrick Tiernan of Villanova and Erik Peterson of Butler were repeat honorees.


While the format of the awards allows for only one declared winner in each sport category, the selection of the recipients proves each year to be a challenge for the FAR Council, as candidate nominees represent exceptional student-athletes who excel in academics, service, and athletics, and are outstanding representatives of their schools and the Conference.

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