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Dieng is Big East defensive player

March 11, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Louisville junior Gorgui Dieng, who was second in Big East play in rebounding (10.8) and blocked shots (2.8) has been selected the conference’s defensive player of the year.

The Big East also announced Monday that the league’s coaches selected Kadeem Batts of Providence and Michael Carrter-Williams of Syracuse to share the Most Improved Player Award. Marquette junior Davante Gardner won the Sixth Man Award and teammate Junior Cadougan won the Sportsmanship Award.

The conference will announce coach, player and rookie of the year on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-11 Dieng averaged 10.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in leading Louisville to a share of the regular season title.

Batts helped Providence finish 9-9 in conference play. A 6-9 junior, Batts is second on the team in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (7.4). Last season, he averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Carter-Williams played 10.3 minutes per game last season, averaging 2.7 points. The 6-5 sophomore averaged 12.5 points and a conference best 7.5 assists and 2.9 steals this season.

Gardner averaged 21.3 minutes per game for Marquette and was second on the team in scoring (11.5) and first in rebounding (4.8).

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