Quick notes coming in from Big East men’s basketball media day… Mike will provide all the in-depth coverage upon his return from NYC.
Notre Dame junior forward Luke Harangody was named Big East Preseason Player of the Year, just six months removed from receiving the award after the ’07-’08 campaign.
Harangody was one of two players unanimously selected for the Preseason All-Big East First Team—the other being Pittsburgh junior forward Sam Young.
Two forwards—Samardo Samuels of Louisville and Greg Monroe of Georgetown-- were tabbed Preseason Co-Rookies of the Year in the conference.
Connecticut was chosen to take the Big East title by the league’s coaches, receiving nine first-place votes in the process. The Huskies were 24-9 overall and 13-5 in league play last season.
Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame all received first-place votes.
LOCAL TEAMS: The three New York City-area schools found themselves in order in the Big East standings at the 12, 13 and 14 spots. Rutgers was selected 12th, followed by Seton Hall and St. John’s. DePaul and USF rounded out the Preseason Big East Coaches’ Poll.