Averaging nearly 20PPG in the grueling Big East, Hazell proved the voters that are already very familiar with his name that he was once again worthy of first team. Hazell made the first team despite his unfortunate injury that potentially denied him of not only the Haggerty Award (All-Met POTY) but an NCAA tournament appearance.
The Rookie on the Year award was likely a race between forward Gilvydas Biruta (Rutgers) and point guard Jason Brickman (LIU) - the Blackbird prevailed. As a freshman, Brickman averaged 6.2PPG/5.5APG in 22MPG. Any freshman who averages over 5+ APG really knows the game and sees the floor well. If anyone watched Long Island take on North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, they saw several great passes from Brickman (he finished with 8 assists). It will be interesting to see how the freshman develops. Long Island is a young, talented team that was able to prevent coach Jim Ferry from taking any other head coaching jobs. I think its safe to say that we will see Long Island back in the NCAA tournament next season.
Its also nice to see Iona get some respect with two first team players in Glover and Machado. Mike Glover finally proved what he could do this season after so many hurdles just to see a D-1 court. This tandem of rising juniors will surely put Iona back at the brink of an NCAA tournament bid next season.
Congrats Jeremy, on what has been a phenomenal career!