2022 Mountain West Basketball Preseason Poll Takeaways

2022 Mountain West Basketball Preseason Poll Takeaways

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2022 Mountain West Basketball Preseason Poll Takeaways


2022 Mountain West Basketball Preseason Poll Takeaways

The Aztecs take the top-spot once again

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The top-two of the Mountain West preseason rankings wasn’t stunning.

The preseason Mountain West poll and all-conference teams came out on Wednesday. That means one thing: It’s time for College basketball! But who is the team to watch out for in the Mountain West and who is the biggest contender to knock them off? Let’s find out. 

Important awards:

Player of the year: Graham Ike – Wyoming

The junior center broke out in a major way last season, averaging 19.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and notched first-team all conference honors.

Freshman of the year: Joseph Hunter – Fresno State 

Hunter was the 72nd ranked recruit in the 2022 class, coming in as the Bulldogs highest-rated recruit in the past decade.

Newcomer of the year: Darrion Trammell – San Diego State

Trammell fills a role that desperately needed fixing. When you add a secondary scorer next to Bradley, who can also score 15+ on any given night then it’s tough to figure out how to contain both high-end scorers.

All-conference team:

Graham Ike – Wyoming

Hunter Maldonado – Wyoming

Matt Bradley – San Diego State

Jamal Mashburn Jr – New Mexico

Isaiah Stevens – Colorado State

Biggest surprises:

San Diego State received 16 out of 20 possible first place votes, while Wyoming received the other four votes. 

I get why Wyoming got some votes but in my estimation, there’s a sizeable gap between San Diego State and Wyoming. The Aztecs improved with adding Darrion Trammell (Seattle), Micah Parrish (Oakland) and if the burly forward JaeDon LeDee is as good as some believe then I don’t see how the Aztecs don’t win the conference. This team is deeper than Wyoming, have a better defense and a more proven track record than the Cowboys. I more than respect Jeff Linder turning Wyoming around so drastically in two seasons but Brian Dutcher deserves a little more respect. 

It’s a little surprising Bradley isn’t the preseason player of the year considering San Diego State is nationally ranked and how poorly Ike played in the final two months of last season.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is Colorado State sliding into the fourth spot. We have ZERO idea when Stevens will return but it doesn’t seem like he’ll play basketball for quite some time. Without him, the Rams roster is worse than New Mexico and UNLV. 

The one sleeper team? I’m going with Utah State. The Aggies lose top-scorers Justin Bean and Brandon Horvath but return important ancillary pieces and brought in St Joe’s forward Taylor Funk, who is the perfect replace for Horvath as a floor-stretching forward.



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