Conference awards: All-league honors for top players and coaches

Georgetown's Otto Porter is the Big East Player of the Year. (USATSI)
Georgetown's Otto Porter is the Big East Player of the Year. (USATSI)

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman College Basketball Insiders

Lots of publications, if not most, announced their conference and national awards last week. But we at have forever thought it's smarter to wait until after all of the league tournaments are complete so that every school and player gets roughly the same number of appearances.

So now here we are.

All of the league tournaments are now complete. Here are the conference awards for the nation's top 11 leagues, according to the RPI. We'll announce our picks for national awards on Wednesday.


Shane Larkin Player of the Year: Shane Larkin (Miami)
Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga (Miami)
Newcomer of the Year: Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke) All-ACC Team

G: Shane Larkin (Miami)

G: Erick Green (Virginia Tech)

G: Seth Curry (Duke)

F: Richard Howell (NC State)

F: Mason Plumlee (Duke)

Comment: There are ACC players who average more points than Larkin and assists than Larkin, but no ACC player has meant more to his team than Larkin means to Miami. He and his coach have made a traditionally overlooked basketball program nationally relevant. They could very well end up in the Final Four.

Big Ten

Trey Burke Player of the Year: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Coach of the Year: Thad Matta (Ohio State)
Newcomer of the Year: Gary Harris (Michigan State) All-Big Ten Team

G: Aaron Craft (Ohio State)

G: Trey Burke (Michigan)

G: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)

F: Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)

F: Cody Zeller (Indiana)

Comment: Oladipo was a strong candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year and even deserving. But are we 100 percent sure he's the best player on Indiana's team? Meantime, Burke clearly is Michigan's best player -- a dynamic point guard averaging 19.2 points and 6.7 assists. He's a terrific college player who projects as a future starter in the NBA.

Big 12

Marcus Smart Player of the Year: Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber (Kansas State)
Newcomer of the Year: Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) All-Big 12 Team

G: Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)

G: Ben McLemore (Kansas)

G: Rodney McGruder (Kansas State)

F: Romero Osby (Oklahoma)

F: Jeff Withey (Kansas)

Comment: Every USA Basketball coach who worked with Smart last summer -- Billy Donovan, Mark Few, Shaka Smart -- raved about him, and the 6-foot-4 guard lived up to expectations this season. He's averaging 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He's the reason why the Cowboys were good enough to get a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Big East

Otto Porter Player of the Year: Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Coach of the Year: John Thompson III (Georgetown)
Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova) All-Big East Team

G: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)

G: Russ Smith (Louisville)

F: Otto Porter (Georgetown)

F: Jack Cooley (Notre Dame)

F: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)

Comment: Georgetown was picked fifth in the Big East -- and that was before the Hoyas lost their second best player to academics. Still, JT3's team finished tied for first in the Big East and earned a No. 2 seed in the Field of 68 because Porter has been awesome. He's averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. He's a Carmelo-like star capable of leading the Hoyas to the Final Four.


Allen Crabbe Player of the Year: Allen Crabbe (California)
Coach of the Year: Dana Altman (Oregon)
Newcomer of the Year: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) All-Pac-12 team

G: Larry Drew II (UCLA)

G: Jahii Carson (Arizona State)

G: Allen Crabbe (California)

F: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)

F: Solomon Hill (Arizona)

Comment: California was, at one point, 11-8 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-12. Things didn't look good. But they got good because of Crabbe, who sparked a seven-game winning streak late to help the Bears make the Field of 68. He's averaging 18.7 points and 6 rebounds per game.


Marshall Henderson Player of the Year: Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss)
Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan (Florida)
Newcomer of the Year: Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss) All-SEC Team

G: Phil Pressey (Missouri)

G: Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss)

G: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)

F: Erik Murphy (Florida)

F: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)

Comment: You can like Henderson for his swagger or loathe him for his lack of sportsmanship. Whatever. But there's no denying he made an irrelevant basketball program a national story, scored an SEC-best 20.1 points per game and led the Rebels to their first NCAA tournament since 2002. He's deserving of all the attention and of this honor.

Atlantic 10

Khalif Wyatt Player of the Year: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Coach of the Year: Jim Crews (Saint Louis)
Newcomer of the Year: Rotnei Clarke (Butler) All-Atlantic 10 Team

G: Chaz Williams (UMass)

G: Ramon Galloway (LaSalle)

G: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)

F: Juvonte Reddic (VCU)

F: Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis)

Comment: The Owls won seven of their final eight games before the NCAA tournament, mostly because of Wyatt. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 19.8 points, which leads the A-10 by more than two points per game. He put 33 on Syracuse in December, then hung 26 on Kansas in January.

Mountain West

Player name Player of the Year: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Coach of the Year: Steve Alford (New Mexico)
Newcomer of the Year: Anthony Bennett (UNLV) All-Mountain West Team

G: Dorian Green (Colorado State)

G: Kendall Williams (New Mexico)

G: Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)

F: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)

G: Colton Iverson (Colorado State)

Comment: Bennett is a great prospect and elite college player. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. After this NCAA tournament, he's likely headed to the NBA as the lottery pick he's long been projected to be.

Conference USA

Player name Player of the Year: Joe Jackson (Memphis)
Coach of the Year: Josh Pastner (Memphis)
Newcomer of the Year: Geron Johnson (Memphis) All-Conference USA team

G: Joe Jackson (Memphis)

G: Geron Johnson (Memphis)

G: Dwayne Davis (Southern Miss)

G: Isaiah Sykes (UCF)

F: Josh Davis (Tulane)

Comment: Jackson emerged as a consistent lead guard for a Memphis team that became more consistent because of him. The former McDonald's All-American is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. He's shooting 52.7 percent from the field and 45.6 percent from 3-point range.


Player name Player of the Year: Doug McDermott (CREIGHTON)
Coach of the Year: Greg McDermott (CREIGHTON)
Newcomer of the Year: Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) All-MVC team

G: Jake Odum (Indiana State)

G: Colt Ryan (Evansville)

F: Doug McDermott (Creighton)

F: Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)

F: Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State)

Comment: McDermott led the Bluejays to the MVC regular-season title and MVC tournament title by averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-8 forward is shooting 56.1 percent from the field, 49.7 percent from 3-point range and 86.0 percent from the free throw line. He's the best recruit his father has ever signed.


Player name Player of the Year: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
Coach of the Year: Mark Few (Gonzaga)
Newcomer of the Year: Stacy Davis (Pepperdine) All-WCC team

G: Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary's)

G: Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)

G: Tyler Haws (BYU)

F: Elias Harris (Gonzaga)

F: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)

Comment: Olynyk went from an unknown redshirt player to a legitimate NBA prospect in the span of a few months while leading the Zags to their first No. 1 seed in school history. The 7-foot forward is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Now we'll see if he can take Gonzaga to its first Final Four



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