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    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Jones Snubbed

    At the beginning of the conference season, I was speculating with a fellow fan that Kevin Jones was putting up Player of the Year kind of numbers. He said "Don't worry. They'll (Big East) screw him out of it." I commented that if he was able to finish the season as the league leader in points and rebounds, they won't be able to. "We'll see" was the response I received. A few weeks ago, I began noticing some of the games that Crowder was putting together for Marquette and they were very impressive. I considered that along with Jones, he was a worthy contender for conference POY.

    Today, Crowder will be named Big East POY over Kevin Jones. I disagree with this selection, but not strongly. Crowder would be very deserving if KJ hadn't accomplished what only 2 others have accomplished in 35 years of the league. Unfortunately for KJ and Crowder, the award is an obvious farce. On Sunday, KJ should have been a unanimous selection for First Team All Big East. When he wasn't, it signaled that the vote for POY was going to be a mockery. The votes should be made public. I doubt Crowder would have won had all the coaches considered all the candidates without prejudice.

    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    KJ named All Big East First Team.

    Congratulations to Kevin Jones as his selection to All Big East First Team was announced today. Here is the rest of the team:

    Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G, So.,
    Jason Clark, Georgetown, G, Sr.,
    Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Sr.,
    Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Sr.,
    Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Sr.,
    Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr.,

    Truck Bryant was honored with a 3rd team selection. Kilicli did not receive honors and none of the freshman made the all-rookie team which consisted of 7 players. Additionally, one player was a unanimous selection to the All BE 1st Team and it was not Kevin Jones. It was Jae Crowder of Marquette. I would agree that Crowder deserves the recognition and in my opinion is more deserving of consideration for POY than his teammate, yet many consider Johnson-Odom to be the leading candidate from Marquette. These votes come directly from the coaches in the league and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. Obviously, at least one coach in this league decided that Kevin Jones deserved to be punished because he disagrees with the actions of West Virginia University regarding the conference. I'd like to know who the petty scumbag is and hear him defend not honoring KJ as at least one of the top 5 players in the conference.

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