Posted: 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Wanted to get to this over the weekend, but the Big East basketball awards were doled out recently. Pitt players Tray Woodall and Steven Adams took home some honors.
Woodall was named to the Big East Third Team while Adams made the All-Rookie Team.
Adams deserved to be on the All Rookie Team while I think Woodall ending up on the third team is fair. Though, if we're factoring in his value to Pitt, he could have ended up on the second team in my opinion ahead of Notre Dame's Jerian Grant. Grant scored about a point and a half more per game than Woodall and also had slightly more assists and rebounds per game. But anyone who watched Pitt's offense knows it was stagnant at times with Woodall out of the game.
Woodall also had a few more steals, fewer turnovers, and shot much better (48% to 42%) from the field. You could probably make an argument for other players on the third team, but if we're comparing Woodall and Grant, I'd take Woodall.
The interesting thing about Adams on the All Rookie Team is that two players tied for fifth place, so because of that, they had six on the team. The Big East site doesn't specify who the tie was between, but it clearly didn't involve JaKarr Sampson or Ryan Arcidiacono since they were unanimous choices.