Although Villanova's season ended in disappointing fashion, the Wildcats' overall success got some deserved recognition on Monday.
'Nova guard Darrun Hilliard was named Big 5 Player of the Year, and backcourt partner Ryan Arcidiacono was also named to the all-Big 5 first team. Phil Booth won Rookie of the Year honors, and big men Daniel Ochefu and JayVaughn Pinkston were named to the all-Big 5 second team. Jay Wright also took home Coach of the Year honors.
The award-winners will be recognized at the Big 5 banquet on Monday, April 13 at the Palestra. Banquet tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting Steve Crider at 814-935-5015 or email@example.com.
Here's the full list of honorees:
First Team: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova). DeAndre' Bembry (Saint Joseph's), Will Cummings (Temple), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), Jordan Price (La Salle)
Second Team: Jaylen Bond (Temple), Quenton DeCosey (Temple), Daniel Ochefu (Villanova), JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova), Jerrell Wright (La Salle)
Player of the Year: Darrun Hilliard (Villanova)
Rookie of the Year: Phil Booth (Villanova)
Coach of the Year: Jay Wright (Villanova)
Most improved Player: Daniel Ochefu (Villanova)
Scholar Athlete: Hank Davis (La Salle)
Leading Scorer: DeAndre' Bembry (Saint Joseph's)
Leading Free Throw Shooter: Josh Brown (Temple)