WVU Fifth, Jones First Team

West Virginia's men's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Big East in preseason voting conducted by the league's coaches today, while junior forward Kevin Jones was selected to the all-league first team.

West Virginia was slotted for fifth place in th voting, which did not allow coaches to select their own teams. The Mountaineers won their first Big East championship and advanced to the NCAA Final Four. WVU's final record was 31-7 overall, including 13-5 in conference play.

Kevin Jones helped spark the Mountaineers' run to the NCAA Final Four last year and the school's first Big East Championship crown. A 6-8 junior forward from Mount Vernon, N.Y., Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. WVU finished the season with a 31-7 record.

1 Pitt (12) 222
2 Villanova (1) 208
3 Syracuse (2) 187
4 Georgetown 173
5 West Virginia 164
6 St. John's (1) 145
7 Notre Dame 123
8 Louisville 121
8 Marquette 121
10 Connecticut 113
11 Seton Hall 104
12 Cincinnati 91
13 USF 54
14 Providence 36
15 Rutgers 32
16 DePaul 26

First Place Votes in Parentheses

The complete list of preseason selections:

Player of the Year
Austin Freeman, Georgetown

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Fab Melo, Syracuse

First Team
Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-3 ½, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Second Team
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
D.J. Kennedy, St. John's, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 214, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec

Honorable Mention
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa.

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