The conference’s player of the year plays for a team that finished three games below .500, and the most dominant team did not have a first-team member. It was just that kind of season in the Mountain West.
On Sunday, Wyoming’s Josh Adams was selected Player of the Year by members of the media who cover the conference. Adams is the No. 4 scorer in college basketball, averaging 24.4 points per game, and adding 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Boise State junior forward James Webb III (15.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg) was selected to the all-Mountain West first team, senior guard Mikey Thompson was named to the third team and senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic was an honorable mention.
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher was voted Coach of the Year after his team went 22-9 in the regular season, 15-3 in Mountain West play. The balanced Aztecs did not have a first-teamer, but had one on the second team and two on the third team. New Mexico’s Elijah Brown (21.5 ppg), a Butler transfer, was selected Newcomer of the Year, Nevada’s Cameron Oliver was the Freshman of the Year, San Diego State’s Skylar Spencer was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Nevada’s Tyron Criswell was the Sixth Man of the Year.
Media voting for the awards and teams factored in season-long stats. The Mountain West coaches’ poll will be announced Tuesday, but their poll differs in only factoring in conference play.
ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST MEDIA TEAMS
Player of the Year: Josh Adams, Wyoming (7 first-place votes)
Coach of the Year: Steve Fisher, San Diego State (7)
Newcomer of the Year: Elijah Brown, New Mexico (6)
Freshman of the Year: Cameron Oliver, Nevada (7)
Defensive Player of the Year: Skylar Spencer, San Diego State (5)
Sixth Man of the Year: Tyron Criswell, Nevada (5)
Josh Adams, Wyoming, Sr. – 160 points (7)
Marvelle Harris, Fresno State, Sr. – 156 (4)
James Webb III, Boise State, Jr. – 137
Elijah Brown, New Mexico, So. – 135
Tim Williams, New Mexico, Jr. – 104
Marqueze Coleman, Nevada, Sr. – 95
Winston Shepard, San Diego State, Sr. – 80
Patrick McCaw, UNLV, So. – 72
Cameron Oliver, Nevada, Fr. – 61
Antwan Scott, Colorado State, Sr. – 47
Jalen Moore, Utah State, Jr. – 44
Chris Smith, Utah State, Sr. – 43
Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State, Fr. – 40
Trey Kell, San Diego State, So. – 36
Mikey Thompson, Boise State, Sr. – 23
Honorable mention: Hayden Graham, Air Force; Anthony Drmic, Boise State; Emmanuel Omogbo and Tiel Daniels, Colorado State; Skylar Spencer, San Diego State; Cullen Russo, Fresno State; Stephen Zimmerman Jr., UNLV; Jason McManamen, Wyoming.
Others receiving award votes
Player of the Year: Marvelle Harris, Fresno State.
Coach of the Year: Eric Musselman, Nevada; Rodney Terry, Fresno State.
Newcomer of the Year: Tim Williams, New Mexico
Freshman of the Year: Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State.
Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Oliver, Nevada; Patrick McCaw, UNLV.
Sixth Man of the Year: Brandon Clarke and Princeton Onwas, San Jose State; Cullen Russo, Fresno State.
BOISE MEDIA VOTE
Player of the year: Marvelle Harris, Fresno State
Coach of the year: Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Newcomer: Elijah Brown, New Mexico
Freshman: Cameron Oliver, Nevada
Sixth man: Princeton Onwas, San Jose State
James Webb III