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Dunn, Pointer share Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Pointer also Most Improved


NEW YORK — Providence's Kris Dunn and St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer shared the Big East's Defensive Player of Year award.

Pointer, a senior forward, was also selected as the conference's Most Improved Player in a vote of the league's coaches.

Dunn, a sophomore guard, is the first player in Big East history to lead the league in steals and assists in the same season.

Pointer was third in the league in steals and blocked shots and his 7.6 rebounds ranks fourth. Pointer increased his scoring average this season from 5.9 to 13.7 and his rebound average went up from 3.2 to 7.6 while his field goal percentage jumped from .438 to .526.

Josh Hart of Villanova was chosen the Sixth Man of the Year while Alex Barlow of Butler was selected for the Sportsmanship Award.

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