Media Day: Delgado, Carrington named to first team; Hall picked second

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NEW YORK – Seton Hall was picked second in the pre-season Big East coaches poll while Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington were named to the first team.

In addition, senior forward Desi Rodriguez picked up an honorable mention as opposed to making the second team.

Carrington was able to shift up to the first team when Jalen Brunson was picked as the preseason Player of the Year, moving him off of the first team. 

Full honors can be viewed below. Stay tuned for more coverage from the Garden.

Preseason All-BIG EAST first team
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Marcus Foster, Creighton
Kelan Martin, Butler

Preseason All-BIG EAST second team
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Rodney Bullock, Providence
Kyron Cartwright, Providence
Markus Howard, Marquette
Marcus LoVett, St. John’s
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s

Preseason All-BIG EAST honorable mention
J.P. Macura, Xavier
Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall
Khyri Thomas, Creighton

Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year
Jalen Brunson, Villanova

Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Omari Spellman, Villanova

2017-18 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Villanova (8)
2. Seton Hall (1)
3. Xavier (1)
4. Providence
5. Creighton
6. St. John’s
7. Marquette
8. Butler
9. Georgetown
10. DePaul

  • Louie Dee

    Chris – Can you find out the status on Myles Powell’s foot injury? Thanks!

  • PadrePirate

    Notice that there are no true centers up there besides Angel. That pesky JP Macura is still in college? What’s he, like 25?? He’s kind of a reincarnation of Roosevelt Jones, not in terms of style or size, but a particular thorn in the Pirates’ side. I expect big steps forward for M.Howard (MU) and Ponds (SJn). Those kids are fun to watch. Desi has a lot of holes in his game for a senior. Hope he made some strides in the offseason.

    • Rich Ricci

      Yup, good observations all the way around, PadrePirate!

      I think Desi Rodriguez’s “holes in his game” very well could be more mental than anything physical since he often tends to drift in and out of the flow of things during the course of a game. He seems to go into a funk or pout at times, which usually leads to bad decisions or missed assignments, often at critical junctures, making his mistakes even more glaring. I’m hoping he’s matured enough to overcome these bad habits because, with his size, athleticism and quickness, I still believe he can become one of the best wings in the league, both offensively an defensively!

      • PadrePirate

        Agree. Most of Desi’s issues seem mental/emotional, staying in the game, etc. If you want to throw missed defensive assignments and block outs (ex. the famous Josh Hart put back) into the ‘mental’ category , then the main execution-level ‘hole’ that could use some improvement are his drives from the wing-too often head down, never looking to dish, almost never goes left, usually takes the baseline, bulldozer style. He’s so athletic that he often pulls it off anyway. But a little more variety and keeping his head up looking for the open man as the defense collapses, would sure elevate his game.

        • VinBick

          Father, you guys are a bit too harsh on Desi. His plus side outweighs his lapses in my book. Love his play for the most part. I sat in the third row behind our basket in the second half of many games at the Rock last season, and he and Angel were beasts most of the time around the rim. We should be experiencing a well-oiled machine at both ends of the court from our seniors and the stregthened bench additions. Go Pirates!

          • Coach Mike


          • Rich Ricci

            We’re not really being harsh as being realistic and hopeful, VinBick! We both recognize the unquestionable talent and unreached potential of Desi Rodriguez, but he seems to be his own worst enemy in becoming one of the most feared players in the Big East based on his physical attributes and talents. As GREAT as he is much of the time, his lapses when he mentally checks out of games or losing focus as his emotions get the better of him, end up hurting the team too many times, especially with his penchant for falling into that trap at critical points of a game, which often become a turning point.

            All that being said, I’m hoping we’ll see fewer of those moments that have prevented him from becoming a more consistent leader now that he’s a Senior and has had time to add a little more maturity and mental toughness to his other strengths!!

          • VinBick

            You are spot on, RR. I am a “the glass is half full” kinda old man who wants these seniors to go out in a blaze of glory-all of them. I am a bit more critical of Carrington’s tendency to go out of control sometimes. Hope he can handle the pressure of the # 1 spot. The pups behind him are not quite ready at the point it appears.

          • Rich Ricci

            True, I wholeheartedly agree with you about Khadeen Carrington’s “out of control” moments, VinBick! However, I’ve probably given him a bit of a pass because he’s been asked to play the point and handle the ball far more often than his skills should allow, which has undoubtedly caused him to force things that aren’t there. Hopefully, we’ll have more options at point guard as the year goes on and he’ll be able to spend the majority of his minutes at shooting guard so he can play to his strengths.

            Although I’m usually a “glass half full guy”, it may appear to be empty right now because I’ve spent the summer drinking the Kool-Aid on this squad having a HUGE year!!