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Doug McDermott Headlines Big East Awards

Doug McDermott of Creighton has been named Big East Player of the Year.

McDermott was joined on the All-Big East First Team by James Bell, Semaj Christon, Bryce Cotton, D'Angelo Harrison and Markel Starks.

On the All-Big East Second Team are Kadeem Batts, Kellen Dunham, Fuquan Edwin, Davante Gardner, Jayvaughn Pinkston and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Edwin was also named Big East Defensive Player of the Year, while Billy Garrett received Rookie of the Year honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Trevon Bluiett Commits To Xavier Over Butler, Memphis, Michigan State

Trevon Bluiett has committed to Xavier, picking the Musketeets over Butler, Memphis and Michigan State.

Bluiett had originally committed to UCLA in September, but decided to reopen the process to find a school closer to home.

“There were a lot of things that attracted me to them,” Bluiett said of Xavier. “(Coach Chris Mack and assistant Travis Steele) were consistent throughout the recruiting process. There were a lot of curveballs in the process, but they always had the same message. When you look at the school, it’s a good program that’s in the Big East now and with their style of play it will fit me well. I think we’ll have enough weapons to make some noise in the tournament.” 

Bluiett is ranked No. 45 in the class of 2014 and is one of the best shooting guards.

Via Kyle Neddenriep/Indianapolis Star

LaVall Jordan Appears To Be Favorite For Butler Job

LaVall Jordan appears to be the frontrunner to replace Brad Stevens as head coach at Butler.

Jordan is a current Michigan assistant and former Butler player.

Jordan has spent the past three seasons on John Beilein's staff at Michigan. 

Jordan is credited with the development of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Brad Stevens Hired By Celtics As Head Coach On $22M Deal

The Boston Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as head coach on a six-year contract worth $22 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Stevens became one of basketball's most coveted coaches during his two consecutive runs to the Final Four with Butler.

"Brad and I share a lot of the same values," said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18."

Stevens is still just 36 and is a big proponent of advanced statistics.

Stevens will replace Doc Rivers, who the Celtics parted ways with this offseason in exchange for a first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Via RealGM Staff Report
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