With the non-conference season winding down, and Big East play set to start up Monday when Connecticut takes on Pittsburgh, I wanted to put out my all-conference teams through the first half of the season. The two five-man teams are completely based on non-conference play and use a combination of tempo-free statistics, regular statistics and general observations. The "Honorable Mention" list at the end is more an "Others Considered" list and generally highlights players that did well during non-conference play and didn't make the cut for either team.
Note: I already published my All-Chicago teams and will be publishing Horizon League and Big Ten ones shortly.
All the action is after the jump.
All-Big East Non-Conference 1st Team:
F Rick Jackson, Syracuse
F Austin Freeman, Georgetown
G/F Marshon Brooks, Providence
G Kemba Walker, Connecticut
G Corey Fisher, Villanova
All-Big East Non-Conference 2nd Team:
F Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut
F Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame
G Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
G Chris Wright, Georgetown
G Scoop Jardine, Syracse
Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order): Ron Anderson (F, South Florida), Gilvydas Biruta (F, Rutgers), Justin Brownlee (F, St. John's), Jimmy Butler (F, Marquette), Vincent Council (G, Providence), Yancy Gates (F, Cincinnati), Ben Hansbrough (G, Notre Dame), Casey Mitchell (G, WVU), Antonio Pena (F, Villanova), Brad Wanamaker (G, Pittsburgh), Brandon Young (G, DePaul)
Notes: Syracuse (13-0), Georgetown (11-1) and Connecticut (10-0) own three of the best records in the Big East, and thus find themselves with more players on these teams. Of course Kemba Walker is probably the conference's Player of the Year if the award was handed out right now.
Marshon Brooks plays in Providence's really fast system (73.5 possessions / 40 minutes - ninth in the country), but he plays a lot of minutes in it and he's an outstanding contributor. He's one of the best offensive players in the country and probably overlooked in general when people talk about the conference.
The one team that I had trouble finding a candidate from was Louisville. Part of that is because the Cardinals haven't played too many tough opponents, and the other part was that Rick Pitino uses so many different players that none have really accumulated the minutes that suggest a "significant contributor". Honestly, I think that's how he wants it.
I think the majority of the picks are pretty self explanatory, but feel free to comment or suggest your own picks in the comments.