NEW YORK — The Big East could have held Tuesday's postseason awards ceremony in South Bend, Ind. It was nearly a clean sweep for Notre Dame. And, no, the lone exception was not Kemba Walker being named player of the year.

Ben Hansbrough was named player of the year, Mike Brey coach of the year and Farmington's Tim Abromaitis scholar-athlete of the year. This is the second straight season Abromaitis has won the award.

"When you think about the guys in this league, certainly when you have guys like Ben and Tim you look like a better coach," said Brey, who won for the third time in five seasons (2007, 2008).

Hansbrough, the only unanimous selection to the all-Big East first team announced Sunday, averaged 18.5 points, 20.7 in conference play, and 4.2 assists.

Walker averaged 23.1 points, 21.7 in conference play, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Hansbrough led the Irish to a school record for victories in the regular season (25-5) and a second-place finish in the Big East.

"I think I expected those things of myself," Hansbrough said. "You know me — I like to raise my expectations very high. I think if you work hard enough and you believe in yourself, anything can be possible.''

Hansbrough's brother, Tyler, now with the Indiana Pacers, was the 2008 ACC and national player of the year with North Carolina.

DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin was named rookie of the year. He averaged 14.3 points, 17.4 in the Big East.

"This is a special moment right now," said Melvin, who missed the last four games with a sprained left thumb. "It was pretty tough to watch my teammates. I know they needed me on the court. We would have won some games."

DePaul was eliminated Tuesday by UConn, where Melvin originally committed before re-opening his recruitment and choosing the Blue Demons. "DePaul was just the best fit for me and my family. As you see, it's going well."