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Angel Delgado named Big East Rookie of Week for third time

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Delgado is making a serious bid for Big East Rookie of the Year.

Delgado has been named Big East Rookie of the Week three times now.
Delgado has been named Big East Rookie of the Week three times now.
Wendell Cruz

Seton Hall had been stuck on their season record of six Big East Rookie of the Week awards since mid-January.

That ended this morning when Angel Delgado received the honor for the third time this season after posting a double-double (13 pts, 11 rebs) against Creighton on Saturday. Khadeen Carrington and Isaiah Whitehead have both won the award two times apiece. Darius Lane had been tapped for the award six times during his freshman season in 1999-00, Lane averaged 15.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.3 spg that year.

Delgado (9.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg) is making a serious bid for Big East Rookie of the Year along with Georgetown forward Isaac Copeland (6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Xavier wing Trevon Bluiett (12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Copeland had a quiet non-conference, but has been as good as any freshman in the league over his last 10 games while Bluiett has scored in double figures 19 times this season.

Even so, Kevin Willard thinks that Delgado, who has posted nine double-doubles this season and has the 17th-best offensive rebounding rate in the nation, has made a significant difference this year.

"There's a lot of good freshmen [in this league], I've watched them all, and I don't know if anyone has had a bigger impact than Angel's had," he said after Delgado's performance against Creighton.

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott added that Delgado is the best rebounder in the conference.

"He's the best rebounder in our league for a reason and that's because he goes and makes a great effort every time the ball goes to the rim," he said Saturday after Delgado's game-winning put-back on the weakside glass snapped a six-game losing streak.

Angel still has two more games to continue building a tremendous freshman résumé before the conference's awards are handed out at the Big East Tournament in two weeks.