Wyatt named Big Five player of the year

Temple's Khalif Wyatt celebrates as time runs out in the game. Temple University plays North Carolina State in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Championship at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio on March 22, 2013. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Temple senior Khalif Wyatt was the named the Big Five player of the year on Monday.On the same day, La Salle's John Giannini was named the Big Five coach of the year, while Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono received rookie-of-the-year honors.Wyatt's latest honor shouldn't come as a surprise.The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is an honorable-mentional all-American and the Atlantic Ten Conference player of the year. He was also named an all-district selection by both the USBWA and NABC.Wyatt averaged a Big 5 leading 20.5 points and scored 30 or more points on seven occasions this season. The Norristown native concluded his career with back-to-back 31-point performances in the second and third round of the NCAA tournament.La Salle's Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren and Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston and St. Joseph's Ronald Roberts join Wyatt as all-Big 5 first-team selections.Villanova's  Darrun Hilliard is the most improved player, while Temple's TJ DiLeo is the scholar athlete of the year.