NEW YORK (October 18, 2022) – BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.

The preseason coaches poll, as well as All-BIG EAST First Team, All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention, were announced Tuesday in conjunction with BIG EAST Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 11 BIG EAST head coaches were not permitted to select their own teams or players on their ballots. Creighton was named the preseason favorite, while Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo and Villanova freshman Cam Whitmore were selected as the 2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and the BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year, respectively.

Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs. In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.

The Bulldogs return leading scorer Harris and significant contributors Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius from last season’s roster. Matta has supplemented that young, talented group of Bulldogs this offseason with the addition of standout transfers Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State), and Ali Ali (Akron).

Matta and this group will work on moving Butler up in the league standings after last year’s 14-19 overall mark and 6-14 BIG EAST record.

For the second year in a row, Harris earned honorable mention recognition. The junior guard has led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of his two seasons in Indianapolis. During the 2021-22 campaign, Harris averaged 11.4 points per game. He had four games scoring 20 or more points, including matching his career-high with 29 in Butler’s win over Xavier in the opening round of the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament.

For the first time as a member of the BIG EAST, Creighton has been tabbed to finish first in the preseason coaches poll. The Bluejays collected eight first-place votes and earned 98 points in the poll. Xavier was placed second in the poll with 86 points, including two first-place votes. Villanova, the defending BIG EAST Tournament champion, was one point behind Xavier with 85 points and received one first-place vote. 

2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll

Creighton (8) – 98 points            

Xavier (2) – 86

Villanova (1) – 85

Connecticut – 77

Providence – 62

St. John’s – 52

Seton Hall – 44

Butler – 36

Marquette – 32

Georgetown – 21

DePaul – 12

First-place votes in parentheses.

2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Honors

BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year

Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, Jr., 6-9

BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year

Cam Whitmore, Villanova, F, Fr., 6-7

Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, Jr., 7-1

Jared Bynum, Providence, G, Gr., 5-10

Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, Jr., 6-0

Colby Jones, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6

Jack Nunge, Xavier, F, Gr., 7-0

Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team^

Arthur Kaluma, Creighton, F, So., 6-7

Ryan Nembhard, Creighton, G, So., 6-0

Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-6

Caleb Daniels, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-4

Eric Dixon, Villanova, F, R-Jr., 6-8

Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-4

Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Chuck Harris, Butler, G, Jr., 6-2

Baylor Scheierman, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7

Cam Whitmore, Villanova, F, Fr., 6-7

^Tie in the voting created an extra position on the Second Team.