Who is in the running for Player of the Year?
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Fourteen
Jalen Harris averages 35.0 PPG and Neemias Queta makes his list debut.
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 fourteenth week is as follows:
1. Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (5 Points)
38 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds against Air Force
32 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds against San Jose State
Four, that’s how many straight games the Wolf Pack’s Jalen Harris has scored thirty points or more, did I mention that was consecutively? Harris is on fire, and that feels like an understatement as the junior guard has the hot hand for a very neutral temperature Nevada team. Still with week fourteen’s first place finish he is only seven points away from current first place holder Malachi Flynn to make his case of Player of the Year.
Yes Harris is averaging 30.0 PPG over his last five games, but the Wolf Pack are 3-2 in the same span, and like most teams fighting it out in the middle of the Mountain West. Still when he takes the floor he is the most dominant player on the court, no matter the opponent. And he gets his points from everywhere from distance, inside the lane and without the ball as he’s constantly moving looking for a possible alley oop.
Nevada played well last week, earning two wins against Air Force and San Jose State by an average of 26.0 PPG. This may seem like easy pickings but any momentum that can be gained in this middle of the pack heavy Mountain West is useful. Especially seeing that the Wolf Pack drive south to the Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday and then take a six day break before heading further south to The Pit (i.e. Dreamstyle Arena) next week. Either way I haven’t decided which streak I’m going to be rooting for this weekend, whether it be the Aztecs undefeated streak or hoping for another 30 point performance from Mr. Harris on Wednesday night.
2. Neemias Queta, sophomore forward Utah State (4 Points):
21 Points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks against UNLV
21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks against Boise State
3. Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (3 Points):
17 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds against Air Force
4. Nico Carvacho, senior center Colorado State (2 Points):
17 points, 16 rebounds and 1 assist against Fresno State
5. Seneca Knight, sophomore guard San Jose State (1 Point):
34 points, 3 assists and 8 rebounds against Nevada
Current Overall Point Totals:
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (30 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (23 Points)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (19 Points)
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (15 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (15 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (12 Points)
Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (9 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Hunter Maldonado, sophomore guard Wyoming (7 Points)
Seneca Knight, sophomore guard San Jose State (6 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)
Justin Bean, sophomore forward USU (4 Points)
Marvin Coleman, sophomore guard UNLV (4 Points)
Amauri Hardy, junior guard UNLV (4 Points)
Neemias Queta, sophomore forward Utah State (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.