Big East: All-January
The names on CHN’s monthly All-Big East lists have been turning over like a drunken point guard running the fast break. The only return member from the All-November team is Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, who had another Haran-good-y month.
Guard – A.J. Price – Connecticut – JR
14.6ppg, 6.0apg, 4.1rpg
Best game – Jan 8th – St. John’s – 25 points, seven assists, four boards
After his collegiate career almost ended before it even started, the highly-touted A.J. Price is coming into his own in his junior season. He led the surging Huskies to a 6-3 record in January putting up 16 points, five boards and six assists a game.
Guard/Forward – Geoff McDermott – Providence – JR
10.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 4.7apg
Best game – Jan 17th – Connecticut – 12 points, 11 boards, six assists, four steals
How can the fifth leading scorer on a mediocre Friars squad make this list? Because a player’s scoring totals is almost always overrated at the expense of more important statistics. Any coach in the country would take the 10 points, 10 boards, five assists and two steals McDermott averaged in January.
Forward – Sam Young – Pittsburgh – JR
17.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0bpg
Best game – Jan 12th – Seton Hall – 28 points, eight boards, three assists
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Pittsburgh – CHN predicted they’d come in ninth in the Big East. Instead Jamie Dixon’s squad is nationally ranked and in the upper-echelon of the conference. After all the injuries and graduation of the team’s top players, Sam Young has emerged as the team’s go-to guy, and January was no different when he put up 19 points and six boards.
Forward – Luke Harangody – Notre Dame – SO
Best game – Jan 31st – Providence – 31 points, 14 boards, two steals
Picked by CHN as the sixth best team in the Big East going into this season, Notre Dame finds itself battling with Georgetown for the top slot in the league. Much of the surprising results are due to Harangody, who averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds in January.
Center – Kentrell Gransberry – South Florida – SR
16.5ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.4bpg
Best game – Jan 9th – Pittsburgh – 26 points, 11 boards, three assists, two blocks
Kentrell Gransberry has been a bright light in another tough season down in Tampa for the Bulls. The cellar-dwelling USF only managed one win in January despite Gransberry’s six 20-plus point games and six double-digit rebounding games.
Next up – Pac-10