By: Joe Cardoso
Here we are Georgetown Hoyas fans, the 2019 Big East Conference tournament is upon us and after a regular season-defining win 86-84 over Marquette. Seeded number 6 and set to face Seton Hall for a 3rd showdown, and a chance to beat the Pirates for a second time. The first time they met the Hoyas got blown off the court, and the 2nd game is remembered that for Big East Freshman of The Year James Akinjo have a moment with Quincy McKnight. In a scene from the 1990’s days, they were slapping the floor and going chest to chest.
With a spot in the big dance possibly on the line, a good tourney showing is a must and would be a substantial step for a program on the come up. Few things are as traditional as Madison Square Garden in the early spring and Big East hoops. The tourney NEVER fails to entertain us and give lots of drama, sign me up and inject it in my veins.
This week the Big East award winners and All-Conference teams came out, and the Hoyas did the school, and it’s fans proud. Starting with the All-Freshman team where we had three players make it:
James Akinjo 13.3 ppg along with 5.4 assists per game
(4x Big East Freshman of the week and Freshman of The Year)
Josh LeBlanc 9.4 ppg 7.5 rebounds per game six double-doubles
Mac McClung 13.4ppg and a handful of great highlight dunks
Akinjo joins a list of Hoya greats to win the award as the conference top past freshman winners include:
Allen Iverson, Greg Monroe, Othella Harrington, Fred Brown and of course Patrick Ewing
#BIGEASThoops Freshman of the Year – James Akinjo
— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) March 13, 2019