Villanova picked to finish fourth in Big East men's basketball

Villanova’s men’s basketball team has been chosen to finish fourth in the Big East Conference in a vote of the league’s coaches. Results of the vote was announced Wednesday at Big East media day in New York.

Marquette, which made it to the NCAA East Regional finals last season, received five of the 10 first-place votes handed out by the coaches to emerge as the pre-season favorite, narrowly edging out Georgetown. Big East newcomer Creighton was picked to finish third, followed by Nova and St. John’s.

All the top five teams except for Villanova received at least one first-place vote from the coaches.

Philadelphia’s Rysheed Jordan, a former star at Vaux High School and now a freshman forward for St. John’s, was named the Big East pre-season rookie of the year.

Creighton senior Doug McDermott was unanimously selected as the pre-season player of the year. He was joined on the all-conference first team by seniors Markel Starks of Georgetown, Davante Gardner of Marquette and Bryce Cotton of Providence, junior D’Angelo Harrison of St. John’s and sophomore Semaj Christon of Xavier.

A pair of Villanova players, junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston and sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono, were named to the second team.

On the women’s side, Villanova was picked to finish fourth in the Big East behind DePaul, Creighton and St. John’s. Wildcats sophomore guard Caroline Coyer was named to the 10-player pre-season All-Big East team.

--Joe Juliano