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The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year is a Rookie of the Year award given annually by the Big East Conference to one or more male basketball players in their first year of school. The award, like the other conference awards, is voted on by conference coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their teams.[1] The recipient of the award is announced at a press conference immediately preceding the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, at the same time as the Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The ceremony takes place at Madison Square Garden during the tournament. The most recent award recipient was Greg Monroe of Georgetown University.[1]

The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, awarded to David Russell of St. John's.[2] Until the 1988–89 season, the award was known as the "Freshman of the Year."[3] Co-Rookie of the year awards have been presented twice over the course of thirty seasons: After the 2004–5 season to Rudy Gay and Jeff Green and again after the 2007–8 season to Jonny Flynn and DeJuan Blair. As such, the award has been presented thirty-two times. As only freshmen are eligible, it is impossible to win the award more than once. However, the coaches in the conference also award a Preseason Rookie of the Year to one or more players before the start of the NCAA basketball season.



Season Player School
1979-1980 David Russell St. John's
1980-1981 Fred Brown Georgetown
1981-1982 Patrick Ewing Georgetown
1982-1983 Earl Kelley Connecticut
1983-1984 Dwayne Washington Syracuse
1984-1985 Charles Smith Pittsburgh
1985-1986 Dana Barros Boston College
1986-1987 Derrick Coleman Syracuse
1987-1988 Sean Miller Pittsburgh
1988-1989 Brian Shorter Pittsburgh
1989-1990 Nadav Henefeld Connecticut
1990-1991 Bill Curley Boston College
1991-1992 Lawrence Moten Syracuse
1992-1993 Othella Harrington Georgetown
1993-1994 Doron Sheffer Connecticut
1994-1995 Allen Iverson Georgetown
1995-1996 Scoonie Penn Boston College
1996-1997 Tim Thomas Villanova
1997-1998 Khalid El-Amin Connecticut
1998-1999 Troy Murphy Notre Dame
1999-2000 Troy Bell Boston College
2000-2001 Eddie Griffin Seton Hall
2001-2002 Chris Thomas Notre Dame
2002-2003 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse
2003-2004 Chris Taft Pittsburgh
2004-2005 Rudy Gay Connecticut
2004-2005 Jeff Green Georgetown
2005-2006 Dominic James Marquette
2006-2007 Scottie Reynolds Villanova
2007-2008 Jonny Flynn Syracuse
2007-2008 DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh
2008-2009 Greg Monroe Georgetown

Winners by school

Georgetown University leads the award count as of 2009 with six. Only ten of the twenty teams that have participated in Big East Conference men's basketball have had players win the Rookie of the Year award. School teams which have never won the award include Providence College, West Virginia University, the University of Cincinnati, DePaul University, the University of Louisville, and the University of South Florida. Schools which left the Big East conference without winning the award include the University of Miami, Rutgers University, and Virginia Tech. Boston College was a founding member in 1979, and left the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.[4] Because the college basketball season spans the new year, the year awarded is the year in which that season ended.

School (year joined)[5] Winners Years
Georgetown (1979) 6 1981, 1982, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2009
Connecticut (1982) 5 1983, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2005
Pittsburgh (1979) 5 1985, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2008
Syracuse (1979) 5 1984, 1987, 1992, 2003, 2008
Boston College (1979) 4 1986, 1991, 1996, 2000
Notre Dame (1995) 2 1999, 2002
Villanova (1980) 2 1997, 2007
Marquette (2005) 1 2006
Seton Hall University (1979) 1 2001
St. John's (1979) 1 1980

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