Cooley, Grant named to All-Big East teams

Cooley, Grant named to All-Big East teams
March 10, 2013, 11:00 am
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Mark Strotman

Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley was named to the All-Big East first team, the conference announced Sunday morning in a press release. Guard Jerian Grant also was awarded all-Big East honors, taking a spot on the conference's second team.

Cooley, the Big East preseason player of the year, averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and shot a Big East-best 58.2 percent from the field. He finished conference play with 10 double-doubles and shot better than 50 percent from the floor in all but four contests.

Grant followed up a Big East all-Rookie Team season a year ago by averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 assists. He finished the year strong, averaging 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the Irish's final five games.

Cooley is also considered a candidate for Big East Player of the Year, which will be announced tomorrow in New York City.

The Irish finished their regular season schedule yesterday in a 73-57 loss at Louisville. Mike Brey's group finished the year 11-7 in conference, good for a fifth-place finish. They will play the winner of No. 11 Rutgers and No. 14 DePaul (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) on Wednesday night. Last year the Irish advanced to the Big East semifinals before falling to Rick Pitino's Cardinals, 64-50. Louisville would go on to beat Cincinnati in the finals and advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament.

Georgetown's Otto Porter was named unanimously to the All-Big East first team, with Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Providence's Bryce Cotton rounding out the group.

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
*Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Kebemer, Senegal
Russ Smith, Louisville, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Briarwood, N.Y.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 246, Glenview, Ill.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Jr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Vander Blue, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-4, 200, Madison, Wisc.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 202, Bowie, Md.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, G, So., 6-6, 185, Hamilton, Mass.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Baltimore, Md.

ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4,210, Jamesville, N.Y.
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, So., 6-6, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.

BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Jr., 6-9, 245, Powder Springs, Ga.
JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F, Jr., G-F, 6-6, 205, Paterson, N.J.

BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM^
Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-3, 227, Indianapolis, Ind.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Roturua, New Zealand
Chris Obekpa, St. John’s, C, Fr., 6-9, 223, Makurdi, Nigeria
*JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
*Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.

*Denotes unanimous selection.
^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.