Ready or not, basketball season is nearly upon us. Wednesday was Mountain West Men’s Basketball Media Day in Las Vegas. The league released its all-conference team and predicted order of finish.
Selected media members voted on both, and I was asked to vote. Here’s how I voted in the predicted order of finish
My poll Official poll
- San Diego State 1. San Diego State
2. Nevada 2. Nevada
3. New Mexico 3. New Mexico
4. Utah State 4. Fresno State
5. Boise State 5. Boise State
6. Fresno State 6. Utah State
7. Colorado State 7. Colorado State
8. UNLV 8. UNLV
9. San Jose State 9. Air Force
10. Wyoming 10. Wyoming
11. Air Force 11. San Jose State
My preseason All-MW team was the same that was released Wednesday; Junior guard Trey Kell of San Diego State; Junior guard Elijah Brown of New Mexico, senior wing Jalen Moore, Utah State; sophomore forward Cameron Oliver and senior forward Tim Williams of New Mexico.
I went with Kell as my preseason player of the year. The official poll had Brown of New Mexico.
My preseason newcomer of the year matched the official one — sophomore guard Montaque Gill-Caesar of San Diego State. He’s a transfer from Missouri.
There were co-freshmen of the year honorees in the preseason: forward Jalen McDaniels of San Diego State and guard Koby McEwen of Utah State. This is always a tough one to vote on. I went with guard William McDowell-White of Fresno State.
I know when I posted the results that had UW picked 10th, some UW fans were outraged. But based on what it lost and what other teams have coming back, that’s where I picked the Cowboys to finish as well. I certainly could see them finishing higher, but we will see.
I wasn’t surprised no UW player made the all-conference team. I thought senior Jason McManamen had a chance. McManamen and junior forward Alan Herndon were the two players UW brought to media day here Wednesday.
Let me know what you think about these preseason picks.
For more on MW Men’s Basketball Media Day, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.