Mountain West Media Names Preseason Awards, Projected Order of Finish
Nevada is named preseason favorite to win the Mountain West
Caleb Martin is the preseason pick for Player of the Year
The Mountain West released its 2018-19 preseason awards and projected order of finish at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas at the conference’s media day.
Nevada has been pegged the preseason favorite, picking up 18 of 19 possible first-place votes. San Diego State, which is projected to finish second, had the other first-place vote.
Following Nevada and San Diego State, New Mexico checks in at third with Boise State, Fresno State, and UNLV rounding out the top six. Then comes Wyoming, Colorado State, Utah State, Air Force, and San Jose State.
As for individual distinctions, Nevada’s Caleb Martin has been named preseason Player of the Year. Martin was named Player of the Year last season and helped lead the Wolf Pack to a Sweet Sixteen berth.
The league’s choice for Freshman of the Year is Nevada’s Jordan Brown, a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American.
The preseason Newcomer of the Year Award goes to New Mexico’s Vance Jackson, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Connecticut.
ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
- Jordan Caroline, G/F, Nevada
- Justin James, G, Wyoming
- Caleb Martin, F, Nevada
- Cody Martin, F, Nevada
- Deshon Taylor, G, Fresno State
Eli Boettger is the lead basketball writer at Mountain West Wire. He’s covered Mountain West basketball since 2015 and his work has been featured on Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo Sports, MSN, and other platforms. Boettger is a current USBWA member.