March 7, 2010
L. Harangody Interview - March 8
T. Abromaitis Interview - March 8
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) became Notre Dame's first three-time all-BIG EAST first-team honoree when he earned a spot on the first team for the third consecutive year. Harangody joins an elite GOUP as one of only 11 players in league history to earn first-team all-conference honors three times.
Junior Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honorable Mention Team.
Harangody and Abromaitis were selected by a vote of the league's 16 head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Their selection marks the 10th straight year that Notre Dame has placed an individual on one of the all-conference teams and fifth consecutive season that an Irish player has been selected to the first. In fact, Notre Dame is the only school to have a player named to the first team each of the last five years. Irish players have earned first-team honors on 13 occasions and all-conference honors 28 times.
Harangody, who was the only repeat first-team selection from a year ago, was joined by sophomore Greg Monroe of Georgetown; junior Dominique James of USF; junior Wes Johnson of Syracuse; senior Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, a unanimous selection; and Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia.
Named to the second team were sophomore Austin Freeman of Georgetown, senior Lazar Hayward Marquette; sophomore Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh; junior Jeremy Hazell of Seton Hall; and senior Andy Rautins of Syracuse.
The third team consisted for senior Jerome Dyson of Connecticut; sophomore Kemba Walker of Connecticut; sophomore Samardo Samuels of Louisville; junior Corey Fisher of Villanova.
In addition to Abromaits, the other two members of the league's honorable mention team junior Jimmy Butler of Marquette and sophomore Jamine Peterson of Providence.
The BIG EAST All-Rookie Team consisted of Lance Stephenson of Cincinnati; Alex Oriakhi of Connecticut; Vincent Council of Providence; Dane Miller of Rutgers; Brandon Triche of Syracuse and Maalik Wayns of Villanova.
The last three-time BIG EAST first-team honoree was Troy Bell of Boston College (2001-03). The others have included Danya Abrams of Boston College (1995-97); Kerry Kittles of Villanova (1994-96); Lawrence Moten of Syracuse (1993-95); Derrick Coleman of Syracuse (1988-90); Sherman Douglas of Syracuse (1987-89); Chris Mullin of St. John's (1983-85); and John Pinone of Villanova (1981-85).
Haranogody, who missed five games after suffering a deep bone bruise on his right knee, finished off his career as the only player in league history to average better than 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds during his career. In the 65 BIG EAST contests that he played, Harangody averaged 20.4 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Currently averaging 23.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, Harangody netted 22.5 points and grabbed 9.4 rebounds in 13 BIG EAST contests he played in during the 2009-10 campaign. After become the first player in league history to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons, Harangody did not figure into the final conference standings in scoring and rebounding this year because he did not play in 75-percent of the league contests.
Harangody closes out his BIG EAST regular-season career as the conference's third all-time leading scorer (1,329 points) and second leading rebounder (662 rebounds).
In addition to Harangody, Notre Dame's first-team selections have included Pat Garrity (1997 and 1998), Troy Murphy (2000 and 2001), Russell Carter (2007), Colin Falls (2007), Chris Quinn (2006), Matt Carroll (2003) and Ryan Humphrey (2002).
Abromaitis ranked as one of the league's most improved players in '09-'10. He averaged 18.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 18 conference contests and is averaging 17.2 and 4.9 rebounds overall. Abromaitis, recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, has scored in double figures in all but three games this season.