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Irish forward earns Big East honor

Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis was named to the All-Big East preseason first team by the league's coaches at the men's media day in New York.

Abromaitis, a graduate student, is the Irish's leading returning scorer from last season. He averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and hit 42.9 percent of his three-pointers last season.

Notre Dame was picked to finish ninth in the Big East in the coaches' preseason poll.

Connecticut, the defending NCAA tournament champion, and Syracuse tied for first in the coaches' poll.

Big East preseason awards and teams

Player of the Year

Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh

Rookie of the Year

Andre Drummond, Connecticut

First Team

Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G/F, So., 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.

Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.

Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Gr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.

Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-7, 210, Montreal, Quebec

Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-8, 260, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Second Team

Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio

Alex Oriakhi Connecticut, F/C, Jr., 6-9, 240, Lowell, Mass.

Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Jr., 5-11, 180, Seattle, Wash.

Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-2 190, Philadelphia, Pa.

Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 200, Philadelphia, Pa.

Honorable Mention

Andre Drummond, Connecticut, C, Fr., 6-11, 275, Middletown, Conn.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, So. 6-0, 170, Roxbury, Mass.

Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, So., 6-8, 208, Baltimore, Md.

Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 235, Villa Rica, Ga.

Augustus Gilchrist, USF, F/C, Sr., 6-10, 245, Clinton, Md.

Preseason coaches' poll

1. Connecticut (7) 209

Syracuse (5) 209

3. Louisville (3) 201

4. Pittsburgh (1) 188

5. Cincinnati 169

6. Marquette 155

7. West Virginia 132

8. Villanova 127

9. Notre Dame 114

10. Georgetown 104

11. Rutgers 75

12. St. John's 71

13. Seton Hall 56

14. USF 43

15. Providence 40

16. DePaul 27

First-place votes in parentheses