Mountain West Wire’s Player of The Year Watch List: Week Five
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Five.
Who is in the running for Player of the Year?
The staff at the Mountain West Wire wanted to do something a little different this year. We are going to keep track of the top performers from teams around the Mountain West throughout the year and vote on who had the best performances that week.
How It Works:
Each person will award 15 points in total to five players and should award it as so:
1st place (Player of the week): 5 pts
2nd place: 4 pts
3rd place: 3 pts
4th place: 2 pts
5th place: 1 pt
The player with the most points total will be our player of the week and we will keep track of the point totals every week so that the player who has the most at the end of the year will receive the Mountain West Wire Player of the Year award. Just copy the players below and type your names above it like we do for the pick them docs we get and award your points.
Now some guys made the list and others didn’t. A big thing to think about was consistency throughout the week. Something that hurt some guys was having a decent game one day and a bad one the other day. Guys who made the list had a great game one day and a good one on other days, or good games both days.
This column will come out on Sunday nights or Monday mornings depending on how late some games finish on Sundays.
The order for the Fifth week is as follows:
1. Justinian Jessup, senior guard Boise State (5 Points)
24 Points, 3 Rebounds and 2 Assists against New Mexico
27 Points, 4 Rebounds and 2 Steals against Colorado State
Jessup makes his Mountain West Wire Player of the Year watch list debut after an impressive week shooting it from deep in two Mountain West conference games last week. Jessup went a combined 13-21 from beyond the three-point line while averaging 25.5 PPG. Now the Broncos did lose in The Pit on Wednesday but if Jessup made just one more three it would have been an entirely different feel around the conference this week.
But our staff didn’t seem to mind and this shooting performance coupled with his defensive contributions out on the top of the key made for an impressive performance.
2. Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (4 Points):
18 Points, 8 Rebounds, 9 Assists and 2 Steals against Air Force
27 Points, 6 Rebounds and 2 Assists against New Mexico
3. Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (3 Points):
16 Points, 11 Rebounds and 8 Assists against Santa Clara
31 Points, 2 Assists and 6 Rebounds against Air Force
4. JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (2 Points):
31 Points, 6 Assists and 2 Steals against Boise State
13 Points, 3 Assists and 3 Rebounds against Wyoming
5. Derrick Alston Jr. junior guard Boise State (1 Point):
20 Points, 5 Rebounds and 6 Assists against New Mexico
20 Points, 11 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Colorado State
Current Overall Point Totals:
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (10 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (6 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (6 Point)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (5 Points)
Lindsey Drew, senior guard Nevada (5 Points)
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (5 Points)
Justinian Jessup, senior guard Boise State (5 Points)
Justin Bean, sophomore forward USU (4 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (4 Points)
Amauri Hardy, junior guard UNLV (4 Points)
Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (4 Points)
Alphonso Anderson, junior guard USU (3 Points)
Jordan Schakel, junior guard SDSU (2 Points)
Donnie Tillman, junior forward UNLV (2 Points)