Mountain West Wire’s Player of The Year Watch List: Week Seven
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Seven.
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 description now at the bottom of the article
The order for the Seventh week is as follows:
1. Sam Merrill, senior guard Utah State (5 Points)
21 Points, 4 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Southern Florida
21 Points, 5 Assists and 9 Rebounds against Florida
Merrill has been somewhat of a silent feature on this list consistently throughout the season. Though he has appeared as high as second in prior weeks, this is his first time at the top which brought him into a tie for first with New Mexico’s JaQuan Lyle with 11 points total. Merrill has the Aggies at 12-2 on the season with two losses to some of the West Coast Conference’s best.
Utah State is coming off of two nice neutral courts wins against Southern Florida and the Florida Gators this past week. Merrill continues to be a leader on the court and brings his best game to the Aggies’ biggest games, shooting 52.9% from three in those last two contests. This team will go as far as Merrill take’s them and with Neemias Queta out after re-injuring himself in their game against Florida let’s see how the senior guard handles conference play without him.
2. Isaiah Stevens, freshman guard Colorado State (4 Points):
26 Points, 12 Assists and 6 Rebounds against Tulsa
3. Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (3 Points):
23 Points, 6 Rebounds and 4 Assists against UVU
20 Points, 9 Rebounds and 4 Assists against Denver
4. Nico Carvacho, senior center Colorado State (2 Points):
15 Points, 18 Rebounds and 2 Assists against Tulsa
5. JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (1 Point):
21 Points, 6 Assists and 2 Steals against GCU
19 Points, 6 Assists and 2 Rebounds against Houston Baptist
Current Overall Point Totals:
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (11 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (11 Points)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (9 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (7 Points)
Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (7 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (6 Points)
Alphonso Anderson, junior guard USU (5 Points)
Carlton Bragg Jr., senior forward New Mexico (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)
Amauri Hardy, junior guard UNLV (4 Points)
Isaiah Stevens, freshman guard Colorado State (4 Points)
Roderick “RJ” Williams, senior forward Boise State (3 Points)
Jordan Schakel, junior guard SDSU (2 Points)
Donnie Tillman, junior forward UNLV (2 Points)
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.