So Many Choices

By Jeff Lippman - October 25, 2007

The Big East coaches have chosen last year's Big East Player of the Year, Louisville's Angel McCoughtry, as preseason Big East Player of the Year.

And while the selection certainly doesn't bother me, my first reaction was, why McCoughtry?

The junior poured in 21.5 points and 10.3 boards per contest last year so she certainly deserves the honor, but the fact is, the Big East is loaded with talent who could lay claim to the end-of-season award.

Whether it's Connecticut's Tina Charles or Renee Montgomery, two players who could in fact cancel each other out for the award like two Heisman finalists on the same team, or Rutgers' Kia Vaughn, the league is stacked with talent.

And don't forget about players like Pitt's Marcedes Walker or Charel Allen from Notre Dame.

The only distinguishing characteristic between McCoughtry and those other players is that the other players all have teammates around them who are nearly as good.

Tina Charles has Renee Montgomery. Kia Vaughn has both E. Carson and Matee Ajavon. Charel Allen has Melissa Lechlitner. Marcedes Walker has Shavonte Zellous.

So the bottom line is that the Big East is jampacked with individual talent, and I agree with the coaches, at the end of the season, because the others will all have to share, it will be McCoughtry who hoists the Player of the Year trophy.

But in the Big East, it really is anyone's award to win.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 02:47 PM on October 25, 2007
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Great observations

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