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March 7, 2007

All-Big East Team: Land of the big men

The Big East was dominated by its big men this season.

There's not another league in the country that goes as deep in the front court as the Big East. And we're talking about legitimate back-to-the-basket post players, not glorified small forwards.

The Big East had 15 players who averaged seven or more rebounds per game. The SEC and Big 12 each had eight. The Big Ten had four.

You want 7-footers? How about Georgetown's 7-2 Roy Hibbert and Pittsburgh's 7-foot Aaron Gray?

You want guys who dominate on the boards? How about Connecticut's Jeff Adrien, Providence's Herbert Hill and USF's Kentrell Gransberry?

You want a shot blocker? How about 7-3 Connecticut freshman Hasheem Thabeet?

Truth be told, we can't even put all of the best frontcourt players in the league on our Big East all-conference teams. We've got only two teams of five because we want the Rivals.com all-conference teams to mean something. No watering down the mix here. None of that "we can't decide on only five, so let's put 11 guys on the first team" stuff.

That and we try to make our teams ones you actually could put on the floor, not five centers on the first team. Although, given the guard play in the Big East this year, we'd have considered it if one of the aforementioned big men had the requisite ball-handling skills.

Here are the Rivals.com All-Big East teams for 2006-07:

Rivals.com 2006-07 All-Big East First Team Rivals.com 2006-07 All-Big East Second Team
G Dominic James
Marquette, So. 5-11, 175
The muscle-packed point guard finished in the league's top 10 in scoring (10th), assists (fourth) and steals (fourth).
G Eugene Harvey
Seton Hall, Fr., 6-0, 165
The Brooklyn native and former four-star prospect tied for fifth in the league in scoring and was eighth in assists.
G Demetris Nichols
Syracuse, Sr., 6-8, 212
The senior led the Big East in scoring (18.8 points per game) and was third in 3-pointers made. He has had at least one trey in 34 consecutive games.
G Scottie Reynolds
Villanova, Fr., 6-2, 195
Reynolds left a lasting impression as he averaged 26 points during the final five regular-season games, including a 40-point outburst at UConn.
F Jeff Green
Georgetown, Jr., 6-9, 235
The junior helped propel the Hoyas to a late-season 11-game winning streak with his all-around game (13.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.5 apg).
F Russell Carter
Notre Dame, Sr., 6-5, 200
Carter (16.9 ppg, four in the Big East) gets the slight nod over teammate Colin Falls (15.1 ppg, ninth). He also averages 4.7 rebounds per game.
F Herbert Hill
Providence, Sr., 6-10, 240
Hill ranked in the top five in the conference in scoring (second), rebounding (fifth) and blocks (fourth), and may have played his way into the NBA lottery.
F Curtis Sumpter
Villanova, Sr., 6-7, 225
The Wildcats' go-to guy didn't disappoint, coming in third in the league's scoring race (17.0 ppg). He also was 10th in rebounding at 7.3 per game.
C Aaron Gray
Pittsburgh, Sr., 7-0, 270
The senior averaged a double-double (14.4 points, 10.1 rebounds), including two after he returned from missing a game because of a sprained ankle.
C Roy Hibbert
Georgetown, Jr., 7-2, 278
The big fella led the Big East in field-goal percentage (68.8 percent) and was fifth in blocks (2.4 per game).
Rivals.com 2006-07 Big East All-Freshman Team
G Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, 6-0, 165: 16.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg
G Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, 6-2, 195: 14.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.1 apg
G Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, 6-3, 190: 13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg
F Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, 6-7, 205: 9.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
F Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 6-8, 250: 11.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg

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