Junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, the on-court leader of fourth-ranked Villanova, was named Big East co-player of the year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Wildcats coach Jay Wright captured coach of the year honors in the league for the second straight year and the fourth time overall.
Arcidiacono, a 6-foot-3 former Neshaminy High School star, shared the player of the year award with sophomore guard Kris Dunn of Providence. Dunn led the Big East in assists and steals.
The win for Arcidiacono in a vote of Big East coaches was a bit of a surprise. Teammate Darrun Hilliard was a unanimous choice to the all-conference first team on Sunday, as were Dunn and his teammate, forward LaDontae Henton.
But there is no arguing Arcidiacono's value to the Wildcats (29-2), who take a 12-game winning streak into Thursday afternoon's quarterfinal game.
He particularly came on in conference games after recovering from a nagging injury to his right (shooting) wrist. He averaged 12.9 points, second on the team, and 3.6 assists in Big East play while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three-point range.
He knocked down 40 shots from beyond the arc. He also led the team in minutes played, averaging 31.6 minutes.
Overall, Arcidiacono averaged 10.7 points and 3.6 assists.
Wright, whose Wildcats are 57-5 in the regular season the past two seasons, also won coach of the year honors in 2006 and 2009 in addition to last season.