How I voted in MW men’s basketball preseason poll

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

  1. 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

Trey Kell

Trey Kell

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.

Jason McManamen

Jason McManamen

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

4 thoughts on “How I voted in MW men’s basketball preseason poll

  1. Good greif! 10th out of 11th?
    Although we have not fared well last year I would be quite surprised if we are much lower than middle of the pack in the MWC. I think we have some new play makers that will rise above the bottom of the barrel in a deteriorating league in 2017. My thoughts are 6th. Rising in the latter stages of league play. Edwards has to get some more size and speed in the coming year, but we will be more competitive than the writers predict.

  2. Wyoming is going to have a new tempo on offense and IF the defense is as good as the Shyatt days then I suspect they will be about 7 or 8 ranking in the conference race. Look our for next two years though once the recruiting kicks in. J

  3. I think we will be better than last year; however the conference as a whole maybe a lot better than last year. Gag you should have picked them 9 instead of 10. It is far better to be optimistically wrong than pessimistically right LOL

    • Southern Poke,

      You probably know me and my abilities to pick how teams will finish by now to know I am usually wrong, LOL. Hope I am wrong about this one.
      As always, I appreciate you, your interest and feedback.


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