March 11, 2015
NEW YORK - Freshman Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) has had an outstanding first season for the Seton Hall men's basketball team, and he has been rewarded for his hard work, as the BIG EAST coaches have tabbed him the conference's Rookie of the Year, the conference office announced Wednesday at a Madison Square Garden press conference prior to the start of the BIG EAST Championship presented by New York Life.
Delgado, who was also tabbed a BIG EAST All-Rookie team selection on Sunday, becomes the second Seton Hall player to ever win BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, joining the late Eddie Griffin, who was the recipient in 2001.
The 6'9 forward had a tremendous season from start to finish, averaging nearly a double-double with 9.3 points and a conference-high 9.9 rebounds. He upped his game during the ultra-competitive BIG EAST schedule, improving to 9.8 points and a conference best 10.7 rebounds. He became just the second freshman to ever lead the BIG EAST in rebounding, joining Notre Dame's Troy Murphy. Among all conference freshmen, he also ranked first in field goal percentage (.529) and blocks (1.1).
A three-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week. Delgado led the BIG EAST with 10 double-doubles on the season, including seven during conference play. Ten of his 15 double-digit rebounding efforts also came during the conference schedule. One of his signature games was a 19-point, 19-rebound night vs. DePaul on Jan. 22. The 19 rebounds were the second-most ever by a freshman in a BIG EAST conference game. He had a 13-point, 12-rebound day in Seton Hall's win over then-No. 15 St. John's on Dec. 31, and had a flair for the dramatic, delivering the game-winning put-back layup to seal The Hall's victory over Creighton on Feb. 28.
Delgado's numbers stack up high nationally as well. He is the leading freshman rebounder in the country and ranks 19th overall. He also is 11th in the nation in offensive rebounding, grabbing 3.7 per game.
Delgado and the Pirates were 16-14 during the regular season, winning the 2014 Paradise Jam championship and the inaugural Garden State Hardwood Classic over Rutgers. They also have two wins over top 15 Associated Press ranked teams. They will open the 2015 BIG EAST Championship Wednesday night against Marquette at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast on AM970 with Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin.