The Big East announced its weekly basketball awards on Monday. Topping the list is Syracuse’s C. J. Fair. Fair has been named Big East Player of the Week because of his performances against Providence and Villanova last week.
Fair, who is averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Orange, contributed 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in Syracuse’s close win on the road over Providence. In the win over Villanova, Fair pitched in 22 points, 5 rebounds and four blocks.
The Big East Rookie of the Week award goes to St. John’s Chris Obekpa. The 6’9” freshman from Makurdi, Nigeria is averaging 4.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Red Storm so far this season. Last week, Obekpa averaged 10.5 rebounds per game in the Red Storm’s losses to Rutgers and Georgetown. He had 10 rebounds and six blocks in the Georgetown game, and he leads the nation with 5.1 blocks per game.
The Big East Honor Roll includes:
Connecticut junior Shabazz Napier had a great week against Notre Dame and DePaul. Napier averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the Huskies’ wins over the Irish and Blue Demons.
DePaul junior Brandon Young makes the list because of his performance in the Blue Demons’ loss at Connecticut. Young scored 35 points in that contest, nearly half of his team’s total.
Louisville junior Gorgui Dieng had another great week for the Cardinals. Dieng averaged 14.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in Louisville’s wins over Seton Hall and South Florida.
Marquette junior Vander Blue made headlines as he helped his Golden Eagles break into the AP Top 25. In an overtime win on the road at Pittsburgh, Blue tallied 22 points and 4 assists to help Marquette pull away.
Providence junior Bryce Cotton helped the Friars split games last week. Cotton recorded averages of 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting over 65 percent from the field in Providence’s loss to Syracuse and win over Seton Hall.