Alex Barlow Earns Top BIG EAST Honor

Alex Barlow (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler junor Alex Barlow picked up one of the top four BIG EAST individual honors at a press conference at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, March 12.  The Butler point-guard was named BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, just prior to the Bulldogs' opening game in the BIG EAST Tournament Presented by NEW YORK LIFE.

Recognized along with Barlow at the pre-tournament press conference were Creighton senior Doug McDermott, DePaul freshman Billy Garrett Jr. and Villanova coach Jay Wright.  McDermott was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, Garrett was selected conference Rookie of the Year and Wright was named Coach of the Year.

Barlow, an honor student majoring in finance, has started all 30 Butler games this season, and he leads the Bulldogs in both assists and steals.  He ranks second in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio and in steals, and he stands sixth in the conference in three-point field goal shooting.  He enters the BIG EAST Tournament with a career-best 6.7 scoring average.

The Springboro, Ohio, native was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team earlier this year, and he was recently honored on the Butler Athletic Director's Honor Roll.  He originally earned his spot on Butler's roster as a walk-on.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was chosen by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee.

McDermott led the BIG EAST in scoring, while helping Creighton to a second place finish in the final conference regular season standings.  Garrett was the BIG EAST's top-scoring freshman, and he led all conference freshmen in assists.  Wright led Villanova to the BIG EAST regular season title with a 16-2 record and a 28-3 overall mark.

Butler, seeded ninth, begins play in its first BIG EAST Tournament against No. 8 seed Seton Hall at 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday.  The winner of the Butler-Seton Hall game will meet top-seeded Villanova at noon on Thursday, March 13.