Who is in the running for Player of the Year?
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Twelve
The streak continues and Flynn garners first place for the second straight week.
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 twelfth week is as follows:
1. Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (5 Points)
18 Points, 5 Assists, 5 Rebounds and 4 Steals against Wyoming
21 Points, 3 Rebounds and 2 Steals against UNLV
The streak is now at twenty-one, and Malachi Flynn and the San Diego State Aztecs have their eyes set on a conference championship and NCAA tournament berth. It was a tough week for this San Diego State program as the now No. 4 ranked Aztec’s were faced with one of their toughest opponents in conference play, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.
UNLV went into Sunday’s match up as one of the hotter teams in college basketball, winning seven of their last ten and looking to redeem themselves after a painful loss to instate rivals Nevada on the road. The grandeur of this meeting of old Mountain West Conference power houses was eclipsed by the world’s loss of an icon. And players on both sides of the court a long with everyone in the arena was in a state of dismay.
But the players continued on as best they could, and the Runnin’ Rebels proved to be the challenge we thought they’d be for the Aztecs. Trailing by only six points at the break and outscoring San Diego State 39-37 in the second half, ultimately coming up short those four points at the end of regulation. Flynn and his team stayed poised through it all, though struggling to contain a red hot Bryce Hamilton the combined effort of Flynn, Schakel and Pulliam lifted the team past UNLV and in the continued hunt for their ultimate goal.
2. Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (4 Points):
26 Points, 7 Rebounds and 1 Assists against Nevada
29 Points, 10 Rebounds and 3 Steals against San Diego State
3. Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (3 Points):
28 Points, 6 Rebounds, 6 Assists and 3 Steals against UNLV
19 Points, 7 Assists and 4 Rebounds against New Mexico
4. Sam Merrill, senior guard Utah State (2 Points):
15 Points, 5 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Air Force
28 Points, 5 Assists and 1 Rebound against Colorado State
5. Zane Martin, junior guard UNM (1 Point):
20 Points, 4 Assists and 2 steals against San Jose State
23 Points, 4 Assists and 3 Rebounds against Nevada
Current Overall Point Totals:
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (27 Points)
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (15 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (15 Points)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (14 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (14 Points)
Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (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)
Seneca Knight, sophomore guard San Jose State (5 Points)
Justin Bean, sophomore forward USU (4 Points)
Marvin Coleman, sophomore guard UNLV (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)
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)
Zane Martin, junior guard UNM (1 Point)
Ryan Swan, senior center Air Force (1 Point)
Yanni Wetzell, senior forward San Diego 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.