Who is in the running for Player of the Year?
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Thirteen
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 thirteenth week is as follows:
1. Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (5 Points)
27 Points, 6 Rebounds and 3 Assists against San Jose State
24 Points, 6 Rebounds and 2 Steals against Nevada
Alston Jr. returns to the top of our top-five this week, earning his second first-place finish of the season and making his 5th appearance in our weekly rankings so far. This week’s honor gives him 19 points in total, which has him in second place overall behind Malachi Flynn with 27 points total, and just ahead of Jalen Harris with 18 points total.
By all means, Alston Jr. has had an all-MWC caliber season thus far, leading the conference in scoring until just this past week when a couple of thirty-point performances gave Jalen Harris the lead heading into February. Boise State is also tied for second place with Colorado State and is riding a four-game winning streak, beating teams by an average of 19.9 PPG in that span. Alston Jr. is leading a team that is showing a real spark going into February, and besides leading the team in scoring also leads the team in assists with 3.2 a game.
The Bronco’s future slate of games is tough, with a good mixture of teams from the top and bottom half of the conference standings. They face Utah State (Feb. 8th) at Logan, San Diego State (Feb. 16th) at home and UNLV to finish the regular season (Feb. 26th) in Las Vegas.
The rest of their schedule looks very winnable, especially given how they have played as of late. Plus factor in previous wins against the Aggies and Runnin’ Rebels, and the Broncos should be very confident with the conference tournament in mind.
The only thing that should be keeping Bronco fans up at night is the no. 4 ranked Aztecs, a win against San Diego State at home would go a long way for this team and continuously strong play from their leader will be in demand to make that happen.
2. Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (4 Points):
31 Points, 5 Rebounds and 7 Assists against Colorado State
30 Points, 6 Rebounds and 2 Assists against Boise State
3. Nico Carvacho, senior center Colorado State (3 Points):
16 Points, 15 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Nevada
16 Points, 11 Rebounds and 1 Block against UNLV
4. Isaiah Stevens, freshman guard Colorado State (2 Points):
12 Points, 6 Rebounds and 4 Assists against Nevada
21 Points, 5 Assists and 5 Rebounds against UNLV
5. Matt Mitchell, junior forward San Diego State (1 Point):
28 Points, 4 Rebounds and 1 Steal against Utah State
12 Points, 5 Assists and 1 Block against New Mexico
Current Overall Point Totals:
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (27 Points)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (19 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (18 Points)
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (15 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (15 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (10 Points)
Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (9 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (7 Points)
Isaiah Stevens, freshman guard Colorado State (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)
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)
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)
Matt Mitchell, junior forward San Diego State (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.