"NEW YORK – Sophomore forward Luke Harangody of Notre Dame has been named BIG EAST Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Mike Brey, who is Harangody’s head coach, has been tabbed OppenheimerFunds/BIG EAST Coach of the Year for a second straight year. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players...
...Harangody, a 6-8 native of Schererville, Ind., was a member of last year’s BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, but not the 2007-08 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. He immediately took over as the go-to guy for the Irish and established himself as one of the nation’s top players. For the season, he averaged a league-leading 21.0 points per game and was second in rebounding with a 10.3 mark.
In league play, Harangody was even more productive. He averaged 23.3 points and 11.3 rebounds, which led the BIG EAST in both categories. Harangody is the first player to win the conference’s scoring and rebounding crowns in the same season since Notre Dame’s Troy Murphy did it in 1999-2000. He is the first sophomore to win Player of the Year honors since Connecticut’s Caron Butler shared the award with Pitt’s Brandin Knight in 2001-02.
Brey becomes only the third coach in league history to win BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors in consecutive seasons. The others were P.J. Carlesimo of Seton Hall (1988-99) and Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s (1985-86).
Picked ninth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll, the Irish finished tied for second place under Brey with a 14-4 conference record. Overall, Notre Dame is 24-6. Brey is in his eighth season as the Irish head coach and owns a 166-84 record."
2007-08 BIG EAST Postseason Awards
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Oppenheimer Funds/BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Mike Brey, Notre Dame
BIG EAST Rookies of the Year
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
BIG EAST Most Improved Player
Sam Young, Pittsburgh
BIG EAST Sixth Man Award
Patrick Ewing, Jr., Georgetown
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award
Ronald Ramon, Pittsburgh
Darris Nichols, West Virginia