Hawkins, Sanogo named to All-Big East First Team

Mar. 5—Jordan Hawkins turned a lot of heads last season en route to being named to the All-Big East Freshman Team.

The head-turning performances have continued throughout the 2022-23 campaign, leading the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard to be recognized by the conference once again.

Hawkins was named to the All-Big East First Team Sunday afternoon, making him one of four Huskies to be named to either the league's First Team or All-Freshman Team.

Junior Adama Sanogo was also on the All-Big East First Team while Alex Karaban and Donovan Clingan were both on the league's All-Freshman Team. The teams are chosen by the 11 head coaches of the Big East Conference. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Hawkins and Sanogo are the 29th and 30th players in team history to be named to the all-conference First Team — 26 as a member of the Big East, four as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

It's the second consecutive season UConn has had two players named to the league's First Team and fourth time overall. Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon (2004), Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price (2008) and Sanogo and R.J. Cole (2022) are the other duos to achieve the feat.

Hawkins, a native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, played in 29 games for the Huskies (24-7, 13-7 Big East) during the regular season. He averaged 16.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.7 percent from the foul line.

In Big East play, Hawkins led the conference with 17.3 points per game. He is the fourth Husky to win the league's scoring title, joining Chris Smith (1991-92), Donyell Marshall (1993-94) and Richard Hamilton (1998-99).

Hawkins scored at least 20 points 13 times this season. He had no such games a year ago.

Meanwhile, Sanogo is the seventh UConn player to earn first team all-conference honors twice in his career. He joins Marshall, Hamilton, Okafor, Corny Thompson, Ray Allen and Shabazz Napier.

The 6-foot-9 junior forward led all Big East players with 16.9 points per game this season while also leading the Huskies with 7.2 rebounds per game.

Sanogo also posted a 58.6 shooting percentage and a 36.2 three-point percentage in 31 games. He had nine 20-plus point games this season while recording five double-doubles.

Sanogo, a native of Bamako, Mali, was named Big East preseason Player of the Year prior to the season.

Joining the Huskies duo on the First team were unanimous picks Tyler Kolek (Marquette) and Bryce Hopkins (Providence) as well as Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton) and Souley Boum (Xavier).

Karaban and Clingan are the 33rd and 34th UConn players to earn a place on the all-rookie team — 30 in the Big East, four in the American. It's also the seventh time in school history two Huskies have been named to the All-Freshman Team in the same season.

Karaban, a 6-foot-8 forward from Southborough, Massachusetts, was a unanimous selection. The redshirt freshman was named Big East Freshman of the Week a league-high six times this season, including earning the honor for the final week of the regular season last week.

He started all but one game, averaging 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent overall, 39.7 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the line. Karaban reached double-figure scoring 18 times during the regular season.

Clingan, a 7-foot-2 center, earned Freshman of the Week honors twice. The true freshman from Bristol averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 31 games while leading the team with 1.8 blocks and a 65.7 field goal percentage.

Clingan was second on the team behind Sanogo with four double-doubles, the most by a UConn freshman since Daniel Hamilton had five during the 2014-15 season.

Joining Karaban and Clingan on the All-Freshman team were unanimous selection Cam Whitmore (Villanova), AJ Storr (St. John's), Mark Armstrong (Villanova) and Desmond Claude (Xavier).

Up next for the Huskies is the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Fourth-seeded UConn has a first-round bye and will play No. 5 seed Providence in the quarterfinals Thursday (2:30 p.m., FS1). The teams split the two regular season meetings.

The first round is Wednesday while the semifinals are Friday and the championship game is Saturday.

All-BIG EAST First Team

Adama Sanogo, UConn

Jordan Hawkins, UConn

Tyler Kolek, Marquette—

Bryce Hopkins, Providence—

Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton

Souley Boum, Xavier

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Oso Ighodaro, Marquette

Kam Jones, Marquette

Joel Soriano, St. John's

Eric Dixon, Villanova

Colby Jones, Xavier

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Trey Alexander, Creighton

Baylor Scheierman, Creighton

Devin Carer, Providence

Jack Nunge, Xavier

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Alex Karaban, UConn—

Donovan Clingan, UConn

AJ Storr, St. John's

Mark Armstrong, Villanova

Cam Whitmore, Villanova —

Desmond Claude, Xavier

— — denotes unanimous selection

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