St. John’s basketball stars earn top honors in Big East Conference

St. John's Basketball sophomore forward Julian Champagnie (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Basketball sophomore forward Julian Champagnie (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball stars Julian Champagnie and Posh Alexander were given top honors in the Big East Conference. 

It’s been a remarkable season for the St. John’s basketball team and its two stars are getting recognition from the Big East Conference.

Star sophomore forward Julian Champagnie was named as a member of the All-Big East Conference First Team after leading the Johnnies (16-10, 10-9 Big East) with 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 43.9-percent from the floor and 38.4-percent from three-point range.

Champagnie is joined by Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski, UConn’s James Bouknight, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili

Julian Champagnie, James Bouknight, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl were the sophomores named to the All-Big East First Team.

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The Brooklyn, New York native is the only the fourth St. John’s player to be on the All-Big East First Team, joining Chris Mullin, Erick Barkley, Ron Artest, and Shamorie Ponds.

Champagnie missed the first two games of the season, wins over St. Peter’s and LaSalle, with an ankle injury and returned coming off the bench in an 97-93 victory over Boston College.

The 6-foot-8 forward became the first St. John’s underclassmen to ever lead the Big East in scoring this season.

Julian Champagnie was also named as the Big East Player of the Week on Sunday morning for the second time this season.

Another St. John’s basketball standout honored

St. John’s freshman guard Posh Alexander was named to the All-Big East Freshman Team alongside Butler’s Chuck Harris, UConn’s Adama Sanogo, Marquette’s Dawson Garcia, and Xavier’s Colby Jones.

Alexander averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.6 steals per game with a 46.1-shooting percentage and 30.8-percent from beyond the arc.

The Red Storm point guard has been sidelined with a thumb injury for the last two games of the regular season but still is the favorite to win the Big East Freshman of the Year.

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The Big East will announce awards such as the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, March 10.

Other awards such as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man Award, and Sportsmanship Award will be announced Monday, March 8.

St. John’s returns to the court on Thursday, March 11 as the No. 4 seed in the Big East Tournament against No. 5 seed Seton Hall in the quarterfinals at 3:00pm EST (Fox Sports 1).