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Award Thoughts from a Couple Ramblers

How voting was done: We assigned point values to players based on where we thought they should land. These all-conference, all-defensive and all-rookie teams are listed by how the votes were received, in the interest of full transparency.

Player of the Year: Daron Holmes Dayton

Defensive Player of the Year: Daron Holmes Dayton & Ace Baldwin Jr. VCU

Freshman of the Year: RJ Luis Massachusetts

Coach of the Year: Keith Urgo Fordham

We have to start with an apology letter to Urgo and his staff. We doubted you. We disparaged you. We called Fordham names. And we didn’t believe in this team… and I think many people would fall in our boat. Fordham finishing 3rd after being picked 11th in the preseason poll is enough for us to pick Urgo as our Coach of the Year.

Let’s get to the players.

When it came to voting it became apparent that there was a big divide. We each had the same first top 10 players in some order. After that it was a complete mess. Two separate players made the third team who each of of us felt very strongly about. As for the player of the year, we each voted for a player not named Daron Holmes, but Holmes won based on the total amount of points accrued. Andrew voted for Ace Baldwin Jr as his POY, Tom Smyth voted for James Bishop.

All Conference First Team:

Daron Holmes, Dayton

Ace Baldwin Jr, VCU

James Bishop, George Washington

Darius Quisenberry, Fordham

Yuri Collins, SLU

Toumani Camara, Dayton

All Conference Second Team:

Josh Oduro, George Mason

Tyler Burton, Richmond

Erik Reynolds II, Saint Joseph’s

Foster Loyer, Davidson

Ishmael Leggett, Rhode Island

Dae Dae Grant, Duquesne

All Conference Third Team:

Brendan Adams, George Washington

Philip Alston, Loyola Chicago

Sam Mennenga, Davidson

Jalen DeLoach, VCU

Khalid Moore, Fordham

Daryl Banks III, St. Bonaventure

On the all defensive team, we each had the same players in our top 3. Andrew had Baldwin as his DPOY while Tom had Holmes.

All Defensive Team

Ace Baldwin Jr, VCU

Daron Holmes, Dayton

Jimmy Clark III, Duquesne

Abdou Tsimbila, Fordham

Francis Okoro, SLU

Honorable Mention: Jayden Nunn, VCU and Ricky Lindo Jr, George Washington

RJ Luis was our Freshman of the Year. We both had the same players in our top 4, but we couldn’t agree on the last spot. Nelson and Fleming tied for the last spot on the all freshman team.

All Freshman Team

RJ Luis, Massachusetts

Max Edwards, George Washington

Yann Farell, St. Bonaventure

Ben Schwieger, Loyola Chicago

Rasheer Fleming, Saint Joseph’s

Jason Nelson, Richmond