Who is in the running for Player of the Year?
Take A Look At the Best Performances Around the Mountain West In Week Sixteen
Jalen Harris shrinks the POY gap, Seneca Knight goes off and the Runnin’ Rebels down the Aztecs.
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 sixteenth week is as follows:
1. Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (5 Points)
28 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists against New Mexico
20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals against Fresno State
Nevada’s current second place standing in the Mountain West has made the transition between coaching staffs seamless for Wolf Pack Fans. Steve Alford has brought his winning Mountain West pedigree with him to Reno but a big reason if the not THE reason for Nevada’s success this season has been the man listed above, Jalen Harris.
Harris has been tremendous all season for the Wolf Pack but has really turned it on in conference play, which has included four straight games with thirty points or more and has the squad riding a current five game winning streak coming into the week.
Harris has made the biggest run at Player of the Year in the entire conference, and has turned Nevada into a real force to be reckoned with while making a name for himself nationally in February. It is a bit odd to even think his performance last week where he averaged 24.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 2.5 APG seemed like a slow week but that’s Harris’ reality at the end of February.
Most people would say that Harris has become the best player in the conference and his push for first on our list is a pretty good indicator of that notion. But even though Harris has been catching up, Malachi Flynn has kept his first place position with consistent play throughout the year. But with only two games left in the regular season for both Harris and Malachi Flynn, the February 29th showdown in Reno on senior night should settle some bets and help some voters decide.
2. Seneca Knight, sophomore guard San Jose State (4 Points):
23 points, 1 steal and 1 assists against Boise State
37 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal against Colorado State
3. Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (3 Points):
24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists against UNLV
4. Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (2 Points):
25 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block against Colorado State
11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals against San Diego State
5. Roderick “RJ” Williams, senior forward Boise State (1 Point):
13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists against San Jose State
27 points, 17 rebounds and 1 assist against New Mexico
Current Overall Point Totals:
Malachi Flynn, junior guard San Diego State (37 Points)
Jalen Harris, junior guard Nevada (31 Points)
Sam Merrill, senior guard USU (20 Points)
Derrick Alston Jr, junior guard BSU (19 Points)
JaQuan Lyle, senior guard UNM (15 Points)
Nico Carvacho, senior center CSU (12 Points)
Bryce Hamilton, sophomore guard UNLV (11 Points)
Seneca Knight, sophomore guard San Jose State (10 Points)
Jazz Johnson, senior guard Nevada (9 Points)
Justinian Jessup, senior guard Boise State (7 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)
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 (4 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)
Richard Washington, junior guard San Jose State (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.