Cleveland Melvin named Big East ROY

Updated: March 8, 2011, 8:30 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

DePaul freshman forward Cleveland Melvin was named the Big East Rookie of the Year on Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the conference's 16 coaches.

Melvin led all conference freshmen at 14.3 points a game and his .522 field-goal percentage ranked him fifth. He averaged 17.4 points during conference play. He won the Big East Rookie of the Week honor four times.

Melvin is the first DePaul player to win the award since the Blue Demons joined the Big East. Quentin Richardson won the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 1999.

The previous 10 Big East Rookies of the Year were Carmelo Anthony, Chris Taft, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green, Dominic James, Scottie Reynolds, Jonny Flynn, DeJuan Blair, Greg Monroe and Lance Stephenson.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.