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KJ Versus Crowder For Big East Player Of The Year

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It is likely the Big East Player of the Year will either be West Virginia's Kevin Jones or Marquette's Jae Crowder.

The Big East picks the Player of the Year from the Big East First Team. Crowder was the only player to receive a unanimous selection to the first team. Jones was a first team selection, but not unanimous meaning that at least one Big East Head Coach left Jones off the first team on his respective ballot.

WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins took to twitter to vent his frustration, "Can't imagine which Big East coach didn't think Kevin Jones was worthy of a vote for 1st team All Big East. Only a handful of players in the storied Big East have done what KJ has."

Huggins is right. Jones is just the third Big East player to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in all games. Walter Berry of St. John's averaged 23 points and 11.1 rebounds while Troy Murphy of Notre Dame averaged 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Jones is also just the third Big East player to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in conference games only.  Notre Dame's Luke Harangody did it in 2008 and 2009 with Troy Murphy accomplishing the feat in 2000.

Jones also appears at or near the top of several national statistics. He leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game. Jones is also second in double-doubles, third in field goals made, fifth in rebounds per game and 15th in points per game.

Let's compare Kevin Jones and Jae Crowder.

NAME POINTS PER GAME REB. PER GAME FG% 3PT% FT% BLOCKS DOUBLE-DOUBLES MIN PER GAME
KEVIN JONES (WVU) 20.0 11.2 51.5 28.2 77.4 33 20 38.1
JAE CROWDER (MARQUETTE) 17.6 7.9 51.2 36.1 74.3 32 11 32.8

Other notes on the two players. Neither one of them get into foul trouble very often. Jones averaged just over one foul per game, which is amazing for a forward. Crowder averaged 2.6 fouls per game.

Both players had one teammate average double figures in scoring. Crowder did not lead his team in scoring. That honor went to Darius Johnson-Odom.

Crowder played with just three freshmen on the Marquette roster. Jones had eight freshmen teammates at WVU.

It will be interesting to see which of these two players receive the award. Keep an eye on Huggins twitter account if Jones does not win it. Huggins has been petitioning Jones for Big East Player of the Year throughout the season.

"If you take KJ off our team, we probably don't win a game," Huggins said. "You can't say that about anyone else in our league."

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