NEW YORK, NY – Villanova Guard Collin Gillespie (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Archbishop Wood High School) was named the 2021-22 BIG EAST Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a ceremony this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Last season, Gillespie was named co-BIG EAST Player of the Year alongside teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Gillespie joins former backcourt partner Jalen Brunson as two of three players in BIG EAST history to win league player and scholar-athlete of the year awards in the same season. Brunson, who now plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, spoke with Gillespie shortly before today’s ceremony at Madison Square Garden.
It’s also the first time a Villanova Wildcat has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Year twice. Previous winners include Robinson-Earl and Brunson, Josh Hart (2017), Ryan Arcidiacono (2015), Randy Foye (2006) and Kerry Kittles (1995).
Gillespie was joined today by his parents, Jim and Therese Gillespie, head coach Jay Wright and his wife Patty and Villanova Vice President and Director of Athletics Mark Jackson at today’s ceremony.
Other big winners announced today include Rookie of the Year Ryan Nembhard (Crieghton) and Coach of the Year Ed Cooley (Providence). Longtime Georgetown radio voice Rich Chvotkin received the Jim O’Connell Media Award.
On the court this season, Gillespie helped the Wildcats go 23-7 overall, including 16-4 in the GRAND EAST. The Wildcats begin the playoffs ranked 8th in the Associated Press weekly poll and are the second seed in this week’s BIG EAST Tournament presented by Jeep. The Wildcats will play a BIG EAST quarterfinal Thursday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 7 St. John’s and No. 10 DePaul.
As a graduate student, Gillsepie has a 3.92 grade point average.