Marcus Foster was named a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST pick, while Justin Patton hauled in All-Freshman Team and Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in a vote of league coaches, it was announced today.
A 6-foot-3 junior guard, Foster leads the Bluejays and ranks second in the BIG EAST with 18.5 points per game, in addition to 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native tops the league with 221 made field goals, and also paces Creighton with 66 three-points baskets and 66 free throws made. He is Creighton’s second First Team All-BIG EAST honoree in program history, joining Doug McDermott (2013-14). Foster was a unanimous selection to the first team.
A 7-foot center, Patton leads Creighton with 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game, and is second on the club with 13.1 points per game. The Omaha, Neb., native owns 65 dunks during his redshirt freshman season, which has helped him rank second nationally in field goal percentage (.693). Patton owns 26 games of 10 or more points this season, including three games of 20 or more points. He was a unanimous pick to the All-Freshman Team. Patton is Creighton’s first freshman to be named first or second team all-conference since Doug McDermott was a First Team all-Missouri Valley Conference choice in 2010-11.
The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from the All-BIG EAST First Team. The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, March 8. The announcement will be made on the first day of the BIG EAST Tournament Presented by Jeep at Madison Square Garden at 4:30 p.m. ET. The other league individual awards will be announced Monday, March 7.
Creighton (23-8, 10-8 BIG EAST) returns to the floor on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Central when it meets Providence in the final BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal.