Hasheem Thabeet Named 2008-09
BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 10, 2009)—University of Connecticut
junior men's basketball player Hasheem Thabeet has been named the
BIG EAST Conference Co-Player-of-the-Year for 2008-2009, it was
announced Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden.
Thabeet, who was also named BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year
for the second consecutive season as well as a member of the 2008-2009 All-BIG
EAST Conference First Team, shares the Player-of-the-Year award with Pittsburgh
sophomore center DeJuan Blair.
UConn’s Thabeet enters post-season play after averaging a “double-double” in
30 regular season games with 13.6 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game
while adding a league-leading 4.5 blocked shots per game. Connecticut posted a
regular season record of 27-3 and finished tied for second place in the BIG EAST
Conference with a 15-3 league mark.
The BIG EAST Player-of-the-Year honor for Thabeet marks the seventh time a
Connecticut basketball standout has been the recipient of the award in the
30-year history of the league. Other UConn stars honored as BIG EAST
Player-of-the-Year include: Donyell Marshall in 1993-94, Ray Allen in 1995-96,
Richard Hamilton in both 1997-98 & 1998-99, Caron Butler in 2001-02, and Emeka
Okafor in 2003-04.
Connecticut and Georgetown have each had seven Player-of-the-Year honorees in
BIG EAST play since the 1979-80 season. St. John’s and Notre Dame have each had
four honorees, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Boston College three each, Villanova and
Seton Hall two honorees each, and Miami one award winner.
BIG EAST Player-of-the-Year Winners
Connecticut (7)---Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton (2), Caron
Butler, Emeka Okafor, Hasheem Thabeet.
Georgetown (7)---John Duren, Patrick Ewing (2), Reggie Williams, Charles
Smith, Alonzo Mourning, Jeff Green.
Notre Dame (4)---Pat Garrity, Troy Murphy (2), Luke Harangody.
St. John’s (4)---Chris Mullin (3), Walter Berry.
Syracuse (3)---Derrick Coleman, Billy Owens, Hakim Warrick.
Pittsburgh (3)---Charles Smith, Brandin Knight, DeJuan Blair.
Boston College (3)---John Bagley, Troy Bell (2).
Villanova (2)---Kerry Kittles, Randy Foye.
Seton Hall (2)---Dan Calandrillo, Terry Dehere.
Miami (1)---Tim James.