Derrick Marks, Boise State: 127 G, 15.1 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 2.9 Ast, 15.8 Win Shares.
Derrick Marks served as the lead guard on some of Boise State’s best teams of the decade. He helped the Broncos make the tournament twice in his 4 years at Boise St., and took home the 2015 MW Player of the Year trophy. He currently stands at 8th all time in career points for the Mountain West conference, 21st in assists, and 6th in steals. He led the conference in win shares in the 2015 season, and his 15.8 Win shares are good for 14th best in conference history and 6th in the decade.
Chandler Hutchison, Boise State: 123 G, 12 Pts, 5.5 Reb, 2.1 Ast, 12.3 Win Shares.
Hutchison mostly came off the bench his first two seasons at Boise State, but by the time he graduated he had become one of the most complete players the conference has ever seen. Standing at 6’7” Hutchison could score from all 3 levels, rebound, and create for others. He is the best example of the great development the coaches at Boise State foster. In his freshman season Hutchison had a PIPM of -0.69, which is below average. By the time he was a senior Hutchison had improved dramatically, as shown by his PIPM of 5.36, which was the best in the conference in 2018.
Hutchison finished in the top 10 in the conference in rebounding twice, top 10 in win shares twice, top 5 in points twice, and added a top 10 finish in both steals and assists once. Despite his success, he never won a conference player of the year award, but he was definitely deserving. His senior season line of 20 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game led to him being drafted 22nd overall in the 2018 draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Cody Martin, Nevada: 70 G, 13.1 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 4.8 Ast, 11 Win Shares
How is this for impact? Nevada made the tournament every season that Cody Martin was on the roster. Nevada hadn’t made the postseason for 9 seasons before Cody and his brother Caleb transferred in. Even when he was stuck on the scout team due to transfer rules, Nevada still made the tournament. Having that high-level competition in practice helps guys get better. Once he was allowed on the court he finished no worse than 3rd in steals, assists, and Win Shares in both of his seasons at Nevada. He also finished 3rd in the conference in blocks his junior year.
In two seasons Cody collected 11 win shares, which puts him at 29th in the decade but is pretty good considering it took only 2 years to do. Perhaps Cody’s best moment was Leading Nevada to it’s second Sweet Sixteen, it’s first in Mountain West history, by scoring 25 points against Cincinnati to lead a historic comeback.
Caleb Martin, Nevada: 70 G, 19.1 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 2.7 Ast, 11.4 Win Shares.
The other half of the Martin twins, Caleb was arguably the better of the two. Interestingly enough, the fans gave Cody slightly more votes, but the MWCwire staff gave Caleb a lot more votes. Caleb took home the conference Player of the Year trophy in 2018 and made first-team all-conference the following year. Caleb finished top 3 in the league in points and win shares both of his years at Nevada, and led the league in steals in 2019. He also managed to finish top 10 in effective field goal percentage despite his high volume of shots.
Caleb’s 11.4 Win shares are good for 26th in the decade, but similar to Cody, it’s a really good number for just two seasons. Most of the players above him had more seasons to pad their stats. The Martin twins both had a major impact on Nevada basketball, bringing Nevada into the national spotlight by getting AP votes as well as the previously mentioned historic comeback against Cincinnati. Caleb was rewarded for his efforts by being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 36th overall pick in the draft.
Jamal Franklin, San Diego State: 85 G, 13.7 Pts, 7.0 Reb, 1.9 Ast, 10.9 Win Shares.
Standing at 6’5”, 205 pounds, Franklin was an absolute beast for the Aztecs over his 3 seasons there. If he had stayed for his senior season Franklin would likely be on the first team. As it stands he was picked 41st in the 2013 nba draft, and has been absolutely dominating the Chinese basketball Association. Some Aztec fans blame Franklin for costing them the Sweet 16 game against eventual champion UConn by running into Kemba Walker during a dead ball situation. Regardless of whether or not that’s fair, Franklin dominated the Mountain West the next two seasons. His sophomore year Franklin led the league in scoring, came in third in total rebounds, and 5th in win shares, which resulted in Franklin taking home the conference player of the year trophy.
He followed up that campaign by finishing 3rd in points, second in total rebounds (7th in the nation in defensive rebounds), and 3rd in win shares, while becoming a better distributor, finishing 7th in assists. Despite his smaller size, Franklin was one of the strongest and most physical players in the conference. In many ways, the values SDSU coaches preach stem directly from Jamaal Franklin and what he was able to accomplish.