Here is the link to the All-Mountain West men’s basketball team and other honorees:
I was fortunate to vote on this, and I had four of the five players on both the first and second teams, including UW junior forward Leonard Washington. He’s UW’s highest All-MW pick since senior guard Brandon Ewing made the first team in 2008-09.
I didn’t vote for senior point guard JayDee Luster as the Defensive Player of the Year, but it was well-deserved. When coach Larry Shyatt says he’s the best defender he’s coached in his 40 years on the job, that really says something.
The Player of the Year voting went down the the final few games, and I think San Diego State sophomore Jamaal Franklin’s play down the stretch won it for him. Couldn’t go wrong with New Mexico senior Drew Gordon or UNLV sophomore Mike Moser. Franklin came out of no where this season!
The rest of the voting went about how I had it. Wasn’t sure CSU junior guard Wes Eikmeier would make the First Team, and there were a lot of guys that could have been the Sixth Man.
The job San Diego State coach Steve Fisher did was impressive after losing so much talent of a 34-win team last year. However, SDSU was expected to be good again. … just not this good. Would be curious to see how the Coach of the Year voting went, and how many voted for guys like Shyatt and TCU’s Jim Christian. Their teams weren’t expected to do much, yet had good seasons. Unfortunately, the MW doesn’t release all the voting numbers.
Let me know what you think about this year’s MW honors. I know you have opinions and thoughts! For more UW and MW hoops coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.