INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A trio of Butler Bulldogs earned All-BIG EAST honors as announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Sunday, March 5. The league’s 10 head coaches made the selections. Senior forward Andrew Chrabascz was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while junior forward Kelan Martin earned All-BIG EAST Second Team. Freshman guard Kamar Baldwin was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team.
The three players led the #13/15 Butler Bulldogs to a 23-7 regular season and 12-6 mark in BIG EAST play. Butler has been ranked in the Top 25 for much of the season and will enter the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 2 seed next week.
“The BIG EAST is full of very talented players, so we are excited that AC, Kelan and Kamar are being honored in this way,” said Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann. “They are very deserving! I’m sure they would be the first to recognize how big of a role their teammates played in these accomplishments.”
Chrabascz finished the regular season second on the team in scoring (11.1 points per game), assists (3.2 per game) and steals (24), while finishing third in rebounding (4.6 per game). He became the 38th player in Butler history to score 1,000 career points during the season (Martin also accomplished the feat later in the year). Chrabascz was named MVP of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational as the Bulldogs defeated Vanderbilt and Arizona to take the tournament title.
Chrabascz finished third in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and tenth in assists. He had three 20-point games among his 20 games in double figures during the regular season.
“AC has had a good year statistically, but I think this recognition speaks to what we know – he really impacts winning,” said Holtmann. “He has had a very good senior year. This is a deserving honor for him and we are very happy for him.”
Martin led the Bulldogs and finished eighth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.1 points per game. His team-best 5.8 rebounds were ninth in the BIG EAST. Martin’s rebounding increased to 6.6 rebounds per game in BIG EAST play, which tied for second in the conference.
Martin has led the Bulldogs in scoring in 13 games this season and in rebounding on 14 occasions. He has 10 20-point games and two double-doubles. Martin was selected to Midseason Watch Lists for the Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson and John Wooden national awards. He also earned All-BIG EAST honors for the 2015-16 season. Twice this season, Martin was selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week.
“Kelan continues to score and rebound at a high level and his ability to do that consistently has played a significant role in where our team is today,” said Holtmann. “His ability to fight through struggles that all players face throughout a long season is a real credit to him as a player and person.”
Baldwin finished the regular season ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in steals at 1.7 per game. His 50-percent shooting is 12th in the conference. Baldwin is third on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game behind 16 games in double figures. He adds 3.6 rebounds per game. He was twice named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Baldwin hit the game-winner to beat Northwestern on Nov. 16 in just his second collegiate game. Baldwin had a career-high 21 points – all in the second half – against Xavier on Jan. 14.
“Kamar’s impact has been felt from day one, and in a year of outstanding BIG EAST freshmen, there is no one who has had a more consistent impact on his team’s success than Kamar,” said Holtmann. “We look forward to Kamar growing as a player in the years to come.”
The Bulldogs open BIG EAST Tournament play on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Butler, the No. 2 seed, will play the winner of Wednesday’s first round game between No. 7 seed Xavier and No. 10 seed DePaul. Thursday’s quarterfinal tips at 7 p.m. at FS1.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Portsmouth, R.I.
*Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-3, 210, Wichita Falls, Tex.
*Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, Jr., 6-10, 240, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
*Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, So., 6-2, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill.
*Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 215, Silver Spring, Md.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Indianapolis, Ind,
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown, G, Gr., 6-5, 205, Evanston, Ill.
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 235, Upper Marlboro, Md.
BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
*Kamar Baldwin, Butler, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Winder, Ga.
*Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Markus Howard, Marquette, G, Fr., 5-11, 175, Chandler, Ariz.
*Marcus LoVett, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-0, 175, Fort Wayne, Ind.
*Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-1, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 205, Wilmington, Del.
*Denotes unanimous selection.
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