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Hart, Bridges share Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award in Three-Way Split


-Villanova Athletics

The Big East announced a few more individual honors on Monday afternoon, and a couple Main Liners will be adding another achievement to their resumes.

Senior Josh Hart received one more award to put in his trophy case, while redshirt sophomore Mikal Bridges got his first major individual achievement.

Both Villanovans, along with Creighton’s Khyri Thomas, were named Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year. It is the first time that the award is being split among three different individuals.

According to KenPom, both Bridges (third) and Hart (seventh) are in the Big East’s top ten for highest steal rate.

Bridges’ 1.9 steals per game is the third-most in the conference.

Coaches vote on award recipients. They cannot vote for their own players.

Award Winners:

Big East Defensive Player(s) of the Year:
Khyri Thomas, Creighton
Josh Hart, Villanova
Mikal Bridges, Villanova

Big East Sixth Man of the Year:
Andrew Rowsey, Marquette

Big East Most Improved Player:
Kyron Cartwright, Providence

Big East Sportsmanship Award:
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.


March 2017
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