VILLANOVA SENIOR guard Scottie Reynolds was the only unanimous selection on the all-Big East first team. But the conference player of the year award instead went to junior forward Wes Johnson, whose Syracuse team won the regular-season title.

The coaches choose both, but can't vote for their own players.

"Not disappointing at all," Reynolds said yesterday at the Pavilion, before the Wildcats bused to New York for tomorrow afternoon's matchup against either Marquette or St. John's (who meet today) in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. "That's the one thing about this program. We don't play for those things . . . That's just something that happens."

Reynolds averaged 18.8 points a game, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 39.9 from the arc. Johnson averaged 15.7 points and 8.5 rebounds, for a club that was picked to finish sixth in the conference and made it to No. 1 in the nation late in the season. He's the first transfer from a 4-year school (Iowa State) to win the award.

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim got coach of the year, joining Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun as the Big East's only four-time winner.

"I do think [Reynolds] deserved it," said his coach, Jay Wright. "I really think he was the best player in the league this year.

"But if it goes to a guy on Syracuse, I respect the fact that [they] led their team to a championship . . . And I like that.

"I had to tell him and I felt terrible. It was hard. He's amazing, though. I know he handles it well and moves on. That's the best thing about him. That's the maturity about him."

Only two Wildcats won the award: Kerry Kittles in 1995 and Randy Foye in 2006.

Reynolds will have to settle for trying to lead his club on another postseason run.

"I just feel honored to be first-team and a unanimous selection, which means a lot, because that's other people looking at you, judging you and how you play and how the team plays," Reynolds said.

"The league is just very talented.

"I don't think a lot of people would [have said] that I would have the year that I've had, judging me from last year. Saying that I could [even] be player of the year or first-team All-American, or whatever it is. So I feel fortunate."

King will play

Sophomore forward Taylor King, who dressed but didn't play on Saturday, has had his privileges restored.

"We talked at length [Monday] night and . . . I think he's learned his lesson and it's something that we'll just continue to address with him," Wright said. "It's personal, but it's something that's important to me.

"I know it's important to him and we want to work on it together."

Wright has stressed that King, who sat out last season after transferring from Duke, violated no team or university rules. He's averaging 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.