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Two Friars named to all-Big East teams

March 05, 2018 - 1:35 pm

By John Rooke

As Providence prepares for a possible postseason that could use another win or two on their resume, the Big East announced its’ all-conference teams Sunday – with two Friars receiving honors.

Senior guard Kyron Cartwright, who led the Big East in assists for a second straight season, earned Big East Honorable Mention honors, while 6-10 freshman center Nate Watson was named to the Big East all-Freshman team.

Watson averages 6.7 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game, and shooting 60 percent from the floor, 70 percent from the free throw line.  Watson’s top effort of the season came December 31st when he scored 20 points in a loss at Creighton.

For the second consecutive season, Cartwright led the BIG EAST in assists in overall and conference play, averaging 5.8 per game.  He also is averaging 11.4 points and 3.0 rebounds.  Cartwright has 623 career assists at Providence and is just the third player in Friar history to register as many as 600.  He ranks third all-time in assists in school history (trailing Vincent Council’s 725 assists and Ernie DiGregorio’s 662 assists) and scored his 1,000th career point in the Friars' loss to Seton Hall on February 21st.  

Cartwright also ranks 45th all-time in scoring at Providence and is the 49th player to surpass 1000 career points scored.  Cartwright also becomes the 6th Providence player in the last seven seasons to lead the Big East in assists during the regular season.

The Friars finished the regular season 19-12 and tied for third in the Big East at 10-8.  They will face Creighton Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.  Pregame coverage on 103.7 WEEI-FM and will begin at 2:15 pm, with the tip-off scheduled for 2:30.

Ed Cooley’s Radio Show will also air Wednesday night from P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan beginning at 7:00 pm on 103.7 WEEI-FM.

For the second straight year, Creighton junior Khyri Thomas has been named as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and Seton Hall sophomore Myles Powell as the league’s Most Improved Player.  Villanova sophomore Donte DiVincenzo has been chosen as the Big East Sixth Man of the Year, while Butler senior forward Tyler Wideman was named as the winner of the Big East Sportsmanship award.

The remaining Big East individual awards – Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Outstanding Scholar-Athlete will be announced at MSG Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 pm.


*Kelan Martin, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Louisville, Ky.

Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Sr., 6-3, 210, Wichita Falls, Tex.

Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, So., 6-1, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mikal Bridges, Villanova, G/F, Jr., 6-7, 210, Malvern, Pa.

*Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill.

*Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Sr., 6-6, 205, Indianapolis, Ind.


Khyri Thomas, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-3, 210, Omaha, Neb.

Marcus Derrickson, Georgetown, F, Jr., 6-7, 250, Bowie, Md.

Markus Howard, Marquette, G, So., 5-11, 175, Chandler, Ariz.

Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, C, Sr., 6-10, 245, Bajos De Haina, D.R.

Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, F, Sr., 6-6, 220, Bronx, N.Y.


Andrew Rowsey, Marquette, G, Sr., 5-11, 180, Lexington, Va.

Kyron Cartwright, Providence, G, Sr., 5-11, 185, Compton, Calif.


Mitch Ballock, Creighton, G, 6-5, 205, Eudora, Kan.

Jahvon Blair, Georgetown, G, 6-3, 189, Brampton, Ont.

*Jamorko Pickett, Georgetown, G, 6-8, 190, Washington, D.C.

Nate Watson, Providence, C, 6-10, 260, Arlington, Va.

*Omari Spellman, Villanova, F, 6-9, 245, Cleveland, Ohio

*Naji Marshall, Xavier, F, 6-7, 218, Atlantic City, N.J.

*Denotes unanimous selection.