Sports Potential Big East MVPs By SCOTT FONTANA March 11, 2014 8:51 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The Big East Tournament has seen it's fair share of heroes carry their teams to the championship, but that was the old conference. The new, realigned Big East can build a history of its own beginning with this week's tournament at Madison Square Garden. Here's a candidate from each school who could lead his team to the title and join past tournament MVPs such as Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Gerry McNamara (Syracuse) in Big East history. Villanova: James Bell Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Leff The senior was announced as a first-team all-conference selection on Tuesday. Averaging 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Wildcats, he's likely to be a driving force behind a championship for the tournament's top seed. Creighton: Doug McDermott Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy As a finalist for the Wooden Award, this senior is a no-brainer here. His 26.5 ppg leads the nation, and his 7.2 rebounds per contest don't hurt the Bluejays any, either. Xavier: Semaj Christon Photo Credit: Getty Images / Joe Robbins The sophomore guard, another first-team selection, contributes 17.0 ppg for the Musketeers. He's been playing major minutes throughout his two years at Xavier, the tournament's No. 3 seed. Providence: Bryce Cotton Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Leff Like McDermott and Christon, the senior was a unanimous choice for first-team all-conference. This Friar ranks second in the Big East with 21.7 ppg and first with 5.9 assits per contest. St. John's: D'Angelo Harrison Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy If the Red Storm become the surprise Big East champions, it likely means Harrison had a hot hand all week. The junior first-teamer averaged 17.6 ppg, third-best in the Big East. Marquette: Davante Gardner Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Leff As a senior with the Golden Eagles, Gardner was a second-team all-conference selection. The bulky forward posted 15.1 ppg this season. Georgetown: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Photo Credit: MCT / CHUCK MYERS Another second-team selection, Smith-Rivera played second fiddle to first-team Hoyas teammate Markel Starks. However, the sophomore is capable of picking up the slack given his 16.8 ppg. Seton Hall: Gene Teague Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chris Chambers Teague is among the best on the glass in the Big East, ranking fourth with 7.7 per game. Leave the scoring to teammates such as Fuquan Edwin, but the senior center might be the key difference-maker underneath. Butler: Kellen Dunham Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Leff The second-teamer stepped up in his team's first year in the Big East, raising his scoring average from 9.5 to 16.8 as a sophomore. The Bulldogs are a longshot and will need Dunham more than ever. DePaul: Brandon Young Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel If Young manages to lead the woeful Blue Demons to the Big East crown, he'll become a legend. He's averaging 21.7 ppg over the past seven games, six of which were losses. By SCOTT FONTANA Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.