3. Kadary Richmond is the Big East Player of the Year
It may be mid-January, but it is time to lock up the voting for Big East Player of the Year, that award belongs to Kadary Richmond of Seton Hall. The former Syracuse transfer hit key buckets down the stretch and finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and one block and steal. Richmond has shown no struggle as the leader of this team, he holds down the floor on both ends and is an unstoppable force when driving to the rim.
This team always knew he could play and had NBA potential, but to see him put it all together has been exciting to watch for these Pirates. He is the reason this team is 5-1, his consistency has been impressive and it is hard to imagine him slowing down any time soon. If he keeps playing like this and Seton Hall keeps winning he will absolutely run away with the award, especially with the struggles of players like Tyler Kolek of Marquette who won the award last year and was the preseason selection this year.
His free throw shooting has also been a great factor, he went 7-7 from the line which was an issue for the whole team last year and way before that. He has plugged every hole in his game, and he has gotten even better at what he already excelled at. There is no denying that Richmond has been the best player in the conference this season, it is just a matter of keeping up this stretch.