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Syracuse's Wesley Johnson player of year

The results are in, and it's no surprise Syracuse swept the two top honors in the Big East. Transfer forward Wesley Johnson was named player of the year, and Jim Boeheim was a deserving coach of the year, taking a team picked for sixth in the preseason poll as high as the No. 1 national ranking and now No. 3

Brooklyn's Lance Stephenson of Cincinnati was named rookie of the year. Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis won the scholar-athlete of the year award.

Johnson sat out last season after transferring from Iowa State and helped lift the Orangemen this season with a 15.7 scoring average and 8.5 rebounds, both team-highs. He shot 48.7 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from three-point range and also plays great defense as indicated by his 1.9 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. He's the first player of the year form Syracuse since Hakim Warrick in 2004-05 and the first transfer from a four-year school to ever win the award.

Boeheim's teams have won nine league titles and five tournament crowns, but this was his first outright champion since the 1990-91 season. This is his fourth Big East coach of the year award.

In accepting the award, Boeheim said, "We were picked sixth this year because nobody believed me when I told them how good Wes Johnson was. If you had believed me, I wouldn't be standing here."

Stephenson was the top freshman scorer in the league with a 12.0 average, and he got better toward the end, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds over the last four games. He's the first Cincinnati player to win an individual Big East award.

Abromaitis is the fourth-leading three-point shooter in the country in terms of percentage at 44.9 percent, and he averages 17.2 points per game. He's a finance major with a 3.72 grade point average.

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