Media Announces Mountain West Basketball Awards, All-Conference Teams

Media Announces Mountain West Basketball Awards, All-Conference Teams

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Media Announces Mountain West Basketball Awards, All-Conference Teams

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Media Announces Mountain West Basketball Awards, All-Conference Teams


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Mountain West Basketball Awards, All-Conference Teams

The 20th Mountain West regular season is now complete. After a wild weekend, preseason favorite Nevada and upstart Utah State ended up sharing the conference crown.

The league’s awards and all-conference teams, as voted on by the media, are listed below.

I was fortunate enough to participate in the media vote this year. Before we get to the selections from the group at-large, here are my picks.

Player of the Year: Sam Merrill, Utah State (10 votes)
Also considered: Caleb Martin, Nevada (1 vote)

Coach of the Year: Craig Smith, Utah State (10)
Also considered: Justin Hutson, Fresno State (1)

Defensive Player of the Year: Neemias Queta, Utah State (6)
Also considered: Cody Martin, Nevada (3); Tre’Shawn Thurman, Nevada (2)

Newcomer of the Year: Braxton Huggins, Fresno State (10)
Also considered: Vance Jackson, New Mexico (1)

Freshman of the Year: Neemias Queta, Utah State (11)

Sixth Man of the Year: Jazz Johnson, Nevada (8)
Also considered: Diogo Brito, Utah State (3)

First Team All-Mountain West:

Sam Merrill, Utah State (162 total voting points)
Caleb Martin, Nevada (148)
Jordan Caroline, Nevada (147)
Nico Carvacho, Colorado State (112)
Justin James, Wyoming (110)

Second Team All-Mountain West:

Braxton Huggins, Fresno State (96)
Deshon Taylor, Fresno State (94)
Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State (93)
Neemias Queta, Utah State (89)
Cody Martin, Nevada (80)

Third Team All-Mountain West:

Lavelle Scottie, Air Force (56)
Nate Grimes, Fresno State (24)
Devin Watson, San Diego State (24)
Kris Clyburn, UNLV (18)
Justinian Jessup, Boise State (14)
Noah Robotham, UNLV (14)

Honorable Mention All-Mountain West:

Derrick Alston, Boise State (10)
Anthony Mathis, New Mexico (9)
Vance Jackson, New Mexico (7)
Alex Hobbs, Boise State (4)
Jazz Johnson, Nevada (3)
Ryan Swan, Air Force (3)
Carlton Bragg, New Mexico (3)

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.

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