MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #1 – Caleb Martin
The top player in this year’s countdown is Nevada forward Caleb Martin
MWC Wire Top 25 Countdown: #1 Caleb Martin
The No. 1 player in the MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown is Nevada forward Caleb Martin.
Martin, the defending Mountain West Player of the Year, returns to school after averaging 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game last season. The North Carolina State transfer converted a number of key baskets en route to Nevada’s Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Martin declared for the NBA Draft in the spring alongside his brother Cody, but both chose to remain in Reno for one final season with the Wolf Pack. Caleb Martin has collected a number of preseason honors, most notably being named to the preseason All-American First Team.
With five players in the Mountain West Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown and a rising head coach in Eric Musselman, Caleb Martin and the Nevada Wolf Pack have major aspirations heading into the 2018-19 season.
- 1) Caleb Martin, Nevada
- 2) Deshon Taylor, Fresno State
- 3) Jordan Caroline, Nevada
- 4) Cody Martin, Nevada
- 5) Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State
- 6) Justin James, Wyoming
- 7) Shakur Juiston, UNLV
- 8) Sam Merrill, Utah State
- 9) Lavelle Scottie, Air Force
- 10) Devin Watson, San Diego State
- 11) Justinian Jessup, Boise State
- 12) Nico Carvacho, Colorado State
- 13) Matt Mitchell, San Diego State
- 14) Jordan Brown, Nevada
- 15) JaQuan Lyle, New Mexico
- 16) Anthony Mathis, New Mexico
- 17) Braxton Huggins, Fresno State
- 18) Vance Jackson, New Mexico
- 19) Makuach Maluach, New Mexico
- 20) Deion James, Colorado State
- 21) Alex Hobbs, Boise State
- 22) Trey Porter, Nevada
- 23) Zach Haney, Boise State
- 24) Nate Grimes, Fresno State
- 25) Noah Robotham, UNLV
- Honorable mentions
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.