Red Storm's Simon named top defender in the Big East
Mar 11, 2019 | 7364 views | 0 0 comments | 456 456 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After solidifying a reputation as one of the nation’s best lockdown defenders, Justin Simon was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Simon becomes just the third player in program history to receive the honor, joining Mark Jackson in 1987 and Sir’Dominic Pointer in 2015.

The California native ranked third on the team and seventh in the league overall with 1.4 steals per game.

Despite seeing a drop from his 2.48 steals per game average that led the conference last year, Simon has taken his role as a defensive stopper to a new level in 2018-19.

Drawing the primary responsibility of guarding national player of the year finalist Markus Howard, Simon helped limit the Big East’s leading scorer to just 12.5 points per game on 21.8 percent shooting from the floor and 37.5 shooting from beyond the arc in two wins over Marquette.

On the season, Howard is averaging 25.0 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field, including a 41.6 percent success rate from three-point range.

Simon also played a critical role in the Red Storm’s other marquee win in conference play, anchoring a Red Storm defensive effort that held the veteran Villanova duo of Eric Paschall and Phil Booth to 4-of-22 shooting from the field in a 71-65 victory at Madison Square Garden.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Simon is also the Red Storm’s top shot blocker this season with 19 rejections.

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