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Hansbrough was the only unanimous selection to the all-Big East team, announced on Sunday. That’s when Brey told him he was the player of the year as well _ but Hansbrough immediately had a question.

“`You got coach of the year though, too, right?’” Hansbrough said. “That’s what this team is all about. Nobody expected this. Nobody expected us. … There’s no egos on this team.”

Abromaitis will receive a $2,000 scholarship that can be applied to graduate or professional studies. He is already enrolled in Notre Dame’s accelerated MBA program after needing only three years to earn his undergraduate business degree.

“Thanks very much. Hope to see you again next year,” he cracked.

Seton Hall’s Arturas Karnishovas (1993, 1994) and Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor (2003, 2004) were the only other players to win the scholar-athlete award in successive seasons.

Melvin missed the final three games of the regular season with a sprained thumb and wore a blue cast on his left hand Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 forward led the last-place Blue Demons and all Big East freshmen in scoring with a 14.3 average.

It was the first time a DePaul player won a major conference award since the school joined the Big East for the 2005-06 season.

The player of the year award was chosen by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Other conference honors, such as defensive player of the year and most improved player, were announced Monday.