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.
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