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Creighton’s Thomas named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

March 7, 2018

Creighton guard Khyri Thomas has been named 2018 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year after a vote of league coaches.

Thomas is just the tenth player in league history to win the recognition more than once, joining the likes of Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Kris Dunn and Allen Iverson among those to win the award multiple times. Thomas leads Creighton with 49 steals and also owns seven blocked shots. He ranked third in steals in BIG EAST play. Thomas became the first BIG EAST player in more than a dozen years to rank among the top-five in both steals per game and field goal percentage in league play, and was named a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick on Sunday. Thomas and the Bluejays will be the four seed for the BIG EAST Tournament. Creighton opens against five seed Providence on Thursday at 1:30.