The Notre Dame men's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Big East preseason coaches poll today.
The Irish received one first-place vote in the poll and are behind Louisville, which received 14 first-place votes, and Syracuse.
Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley was named to All-Big East first team by the coaches.
The 6-foot-19, 244-pound senior averaged 12.3 points and 8.9 rebounds last season, when he was named the Big East's most improved player.
Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant was named a preseason honorable mention. The 6-5, 185-pound junior averaged 12.3 points and a team-high 5 assists last season as the Irish went 21-12 overall and 13-5 in the Big East.
The Irish were also ranked No. 23 in the preseason USA Today-ESPN coaches poll that was released today.
Notre Dame was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
Preseason Coaches Poll
|3. Notre Dame (1)||166|
|14. Seton Hall||42|
Individual preseason awards
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-10, 225, Dakar, Senegal
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 244, Glenview, Ill.
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Sr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Jr., 6-8, 208, Baltimore, Md.
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, So., 6-3, 202, Missouri City, Texas
Anthony Collins, USF, So., G, 6-1, 175, Houston, Texas
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4, 205, Jamesville, N.Y.
BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, So., 6-7, 250, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bowie, Md.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 5-11, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 212, Baltimore, Md.