Melvin & Young Named Big East All-Rookies

DePaul freshmen Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young were named to the Big East All-Rookie team as the league announced all-conference honors on Sunday.

The league's coaches chose DePaul's Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young, Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier, and Rutgers' Gilvydas Biruta for the Big East All-Rookie team.

Melvin and Young both came to DePaul from the Maryland/D.C. area and were the top two freshmen scorers in the Big East.

Melvin appears to be the favorite for Tuesday's presentation of the Big East Rookie of the Year Award. He was the only unanimous selection for the All-Rookie Team.

Cleveland averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this season.

In conference action, Melvin ranked among the league's leaders with 17.4 points per game. Melvin was named Big East Rookie of the Week four times. He missed the final three Big East games with a sprained thumb on his left hand.

Young received the Big East Rookie of the Week Award two times this season. He led all Big East freshmen in assists per game this season and was second behind Melvin in scoring.

Brandon averaged 12.4 points and 3.7 assists per game in all games and 11.7 points and 3.56 assists per game in conference play.

Melvin and Young are the fourth and fifth DePaul players to be named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. They follow Wilson Chandler (2006), Dar Tucker (2008) and Mac Koshwal (2008).

The 16th seeded Blue Demons will face 9th seeded Connecticut in the first round of the Big East Tournament at 11 a.m. Central on Tuesday.

BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-4, 215, White Plains, N.Y.

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G-F, 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Randolph, Mass.

*Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Fr., 6-8, 210, Baltimore, Md.

Brandon Young, DePaul, G, Fr., 6-3, 175, Washington, D.C.

Gilvydas Biruta, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-8, 230, Jonava, Lithuania

*denotes unanimous selection

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