Blue Named All-BIG EAST Second Team, Gardner Honorable Mention
March 10, 2013
The league’s specialty awards will begin to be announced on Monday.
Blue enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2012-13 and concluded the regular season ranked 15th in the league in scoring (14.4 ppg.). The Madison, Wis., native is the squad’s leading scorer and nearly doubled his scoring average of 8.4 points per outing in 2011-12. He shot 46.1 percent from the floor through the team’s first 30 games this year, reaching double figures in points a total of 21 times.
Gardner was one of the league’s most efficient players all season long, posting averages of 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest in just 21.3 minutes per night. He is ranked fourth among league players in both field goal percentage (.577) and free throw percentage (.848) and is top-three in both categories in league-only games. He is on pace to finish among MU’s top-10 performers in the season record book as well in those areas.
Marquette earned a share of the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference regular season title Saturday evening with a win at St. John’s and will open play at the league tourney Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM^
Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Denotes unanimous selection.