Seton Hall's all-team leading steals man has finally been rewarded for his hard work on the defensive end.
The Big East announced this morning that Seton Hall senior wing Fuquan Edwin (14.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 spg, 5.8 steal%) is the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, the first Pirate to win the award since Jerry Walker in 1993. "We're really excited, it's a great award for Fuquan, I think it's well deserved," said Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard during today's Big East teleconference. "Over his career he's broken the all-time steals list here at Seton Hall. He led the country in steals his sophomore year, the first time a Big East player had ever done that in the history of the league. We put a lot of time and effort with Fuquan and he puts a lot of effort on the defensive end. We're just thrilled that the coaches recognize him as one of the best defenders in the country."
Fuquan Edwin finished third in the Big East in steal percentage as a sophomore and currently sits third in the nation in the same category. Edwin is only one of three non-post players to win the Defensive PoY award since 1998.
"It overstates the value of how hard he works on the defensive end," said Willard of a non-post player like Edwin winning the award. "He's a difference maker in games when he's active out there and we've got him in the front of our zone. He has the ability to change the game with his deflections and with his steals and that's very similar to what a big guy does with blocks and changing the game. It just shows how much he can affect the game not only on the offensive end but most importantly on the defensive end. It's a wonderful award it's something that we're very proud of him [for winning], and obviously he's ecstatic that he's been recognized with so many great names."