Saint Joseph’s junior forward James Demery has been named to the All-Big 5 Second Team as announced in advance of the Philadelphia Big 5 awards ceremony on Monday, April 17 at The Palestra.
Demery topped the Hawks in scoring this season with 14.5 points per game, despite missing 10 early-season games with an injury. He recorded double figures in 16 games and posted a team-high four double-doubles on the year.
Villanova guards Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo were announced as the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, while Wildcats head coach Jay Wright was chosen as the Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year after leading his Villanova team to the nation’s No. 1 ranking as well as the program’s fourth consecutive Big 5 title.
The major award winners on the men’s side include Hart, DiVincenzo and Wright, in addition to sophomore guards Shizz Alston, Jr. from Temple and Jalen Brunson from the Wildcats. Alston, Jr. was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Most Improved Player and Brunson earned the Philadelphia Big 5 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Hart, Brunson and senior forward Kris Jenkins represented Villanova on the All-Big 5 first team along with Alston, Jr. and La Salle redshirt junior guard B.J. Johnson.
Demery was joined on the All-Big 5 second team by Penn senior guard Matt Howard and freshman forward AJ Brodeur, La Salle redshirt senior guard Jordan Price, Temple junior forward Obi Enechionyia and Villanova sophomore guard Mikal Bridges.
Hart and Brunson were also recognized as the Big 5 leading scorer and free throw shooter. Hart averaged 18.7 points per game and Brunson shot 87.6 percent from the foul line. Wright led the Wildcats to a 32-4 record, and Villanova won both the regular season BIG EAST title and the BIG EAST Tournament crown for the second time in the last three years. The Wildcats have currently won a record 18 straight Big 5 games.
Along with the current season men’s and women’s award winners, the 2017 Big Five Hall of Fame class will be inducted. Hawks’ standout Jameer Nelson will be inducted along with Carlene Hightower (La Salle), Ibrahim Jaaber (Penn), Lynn Greer (Temple), Randy Foye (Villanova), George Raveling (Villanova) and longtime Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter Bill Lyon.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance. PURCHASE TICKETS