Jae Crowder Named Big East POY

NEW YORK – Marquette forward Jae Crowder, who helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 25-6 overall record and a second-place finish in the regular season, has been named BIG EAST Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

A 6-6 senior, Crowder has been one the BIG EAST's most productive and versatile players. He finished the regular season with a 17.6 scoring average which ranks third in the league. Crowder's 7.9 rebound mark is ninth in the BIG EAST. He is ninth in field goal shooting, making 51.2 percent, and second in steals with a 2.4 average.

A native of Villa Rica, Ga., Crowder saved his best for the end of the regular season, averaging 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals over the last seven games, keying Marquette's second-place finish in the BIG EAST standings.

He posted seven double-doubles in BIG EAST play. He has 982 points in two seasons at Marquette and may become only the fifth player in school history to score 1,000 points in two years. Crowder is the first Marquette player to receive an individual award in the BIG EAST.

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