Mountain West Wire’s Player of The Year Watch List: Week Nine
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Nine
Who is in the running for Player of the Year? Malachi Flynn creates a two-way tie for first.
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 ninth week is as follows:
1. Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (5 Points)
16 Points, 5 Rebounds and 1 Assist against Fresno State
22 Points, 5 Rebounds and 4 Assists against Utah State
Malachi Flynn has been just what Aztec fans have been waiting for in the Brian Dutcher era. He runs this Aztec team with precision, knocks down shots in big moments and has San Diego State at 15-0 (4-0 MW) on the season.
Flynn had a big week, with the Aztec’s garnering a staple conference win against what looked like their biggest challenger in Utah State. He also has San Diego State ranked No. 7 in both the AP and Coaches polls and has contributed greatly to a defense ranked 12th in the nation per KenPom.
The Aztecs have ascended to another level of play with Flynn in the lineup and with this week’s first place finish, he is now tied atop the rankings with Derrick Alston Jr. of Boise State with 14 points each. This confirms his place in the conference for many covering the Mountain West this year and with the momentum he and the Aztecs currently have I can’t see too much disrupting his run for player of the year.
2. David Roddy, freshman guard Colorado State (4 Points):
17 Points and 5 Rebounds against Nevada
19 Points, 13 Rebounds and 3 Blocks against Wyoming
3. Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (3 Points):
9 Points, 4 Rebounds and 1 Assist against Colorado State
34 Points, 7 Rebounds and 2 assists against Boise State
4. Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (2 Points):
20 Points, 6 Rebounds and 1 Steal against Utah State
15 Points, 3 Rebounds and 1 Steal against Air Force
5. Orlando Robinson, freshman forward Fresno State (1 Point):
23 Points, 14 Rebounds and 4 Assists against San Jose State
11 Points, 3 Rebounds and 2 Blocks against San Diego State
Current Overall Point Totals:
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (14 Points)
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (14 Points)
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (11 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (11 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (7 Points)
Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (7 Points)
Alphonso Anderson, junior guard USU (5 Points)
Carlton Bragg Jr., senior forward New Mexico (5 Points)
Lindsey Drew, senior guard Nevada (5 Points)
Justinian Jessup, senior guard Boise State (5 Points)
Justin Bean, sophomore forward USU (4 Points)
Amauri Hardy, junior guard UNLV (4 Points)
Orlando Robinson, freshman forward Fresno State (4 Points)
David Roddy, freshman guard Colorado State (4 Points)
Isaiah Stevens, freshman guard Colorado State (4 Points)
Roderick “RJ” Williams, senior forward Boise State (3 Points)
Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (2 Points)
Corey Manigault, senior forward New Mexico (2 Points)
Jordan Schakel, junior guard SDSU (2 Points)
Donnie Tillman, junior forward UNLV (2 Points)
Abu Kigab, junior forward Boise State (1 Point)
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.