A.J. West is the only Nevada Wolf Pack player on this year’s All-Mountain West teams.
The 6-foot-9 Wolf Pack junior was named to the All-Mountain West third team by the conference coaches. West leads the Wolf Pack with an average of 12.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
West is the fourth Wolf Pack player to be honored on the postseason All-Mountain West teams since the school joined the conference in 2012-13. Deonte Burton was named to the Third Team in 2013 and First Team in 2014. Malik Story was a Honorable Mention selection in 2013 as was Cole Huff in 2014. This is the first year that the Wolf Pack has had just one player named to the postseason All-Conference teams since Kirk Hazel was the only Pack player honored by the Western Athletic Conference in 2001 (All-Newcomer Team).
West leads the Mountain West in conference games, averaging 12.1 rebounds and 6.4 offensive rebounds a game. He is also third in blocks per game (2.4), 10th in scoring (13.1) and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.7). The Brooklyn, N.Y., native set the conference record with 116 offensive rebounds this season and 188 career offensive rebounds.
West also ranks first nationally with 5.72 offensive rebounds a game and is ninth with his 10.8 rebounds per game. West is one of 17 players in Division I that averages a double-double. His 11 double-doubles in league games tops the conference as does his eight blocks in one game against Fresno State and his 19 rebounds against Wyoming.
The Mountain West’s 11 head coaches voted on the All-Conference teams as well as the coach, player, newcomer, sixth man, freshman and defensive honors.
Boise State head coach Leon Rice earned Coach of the Year while the Broncos’ Derrick Marks was selected as Player of the Year. San Diego State junior forward Skylar Spencer and Wyoming senior forward Larry Nance Jr. shared Defensive Player of the Year. UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn was recognized as Freshman of the Year. Boise State sophomore forward James Webb III and Colorado State sophomore guard John Gillon were chosen as the Newcomer and Sixth Man of the Year.
Rice received his first coaching award after leading the Broncos to a share of their first Mountain West regular-season crown. Boise State, picked to finish second in the league’s preseason poll, amassed a 14-4 record in league play. The 14 wins set a program record for most conference victories, surpassing the previous mark of 13, shared by the 1987-88 and 1988-89 squads. After opening league play with three straight losses the Broncos reeled off wins in 14 of their last 15 games to clinch a share of the crown with San Diego State. Boise State is the first team in Mountain West history to win a regular-season title after starting conference play 0-3.
Marks, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior guard and Chicago native, had a league-high 384 points and 21.3 scoring average in conference games. He was second in the Mountain West in shooting percentage (.498), with 142 made and 285 attempted field goals. Marks was third with 2.1 steals per game while his 38 total steals tied for fourth-best in a single season of league action.
Spencer, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound junior forward, blocked at least one shot in 17 of 18 conference games this season, finishing fourth in the league with 40 total rejections (2.2 per game). He registered multiple blocks in 11 league contests, including a career-high six against Colorado State on Feb. 14.
Nance, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior forward, assisted the Cowboys’ defensive efforts with 20 blocked shots and 18 steals in conference play this season. The Akron, Ohio, product tied for second in the league with a 7.0 rebounding average on the defensive end of the court against conference opponents. He was also seventh in Mountain West play with 1.4 blocks per game.
Webb, a 6-foot-9, 202-pound sophomore forward, registered eight double-figure rebounding performances in conference play this season and ranked rank third in the league with a team-high 9.0 average on the glass. Vaughn, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard, started the Runnin’ Rebels’ first 11 league contests before being sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 regular season with a knee injury. Vaughn averaged a team-high 18.3 points per game in league play, which led all league freshmen. He also contributed 55 rebounds, 20 assists, 13 steals and four blocks.
Gillon, a 6-foot, 168-pound sophomore forward, averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 rebounds off the bench for the Rams in conference play. His 11-assist performance vs. Nevada on Jan. 14 tied a Mountain West sophomore class single-game record for most against a conference opponent.
Derrick Marks, Boise State; J.J. Avila, Colorado State; Marvelle Harris, Fresno State; J.J. O’Brien, San Diego State; Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming
James Webb, Boise State; Daniel Bejarano, Colorado State; Winston Shepard, San Diego State; Christian Wood, UNLV; Jalen Moore, Utah State.
A.J. West, Nevada; Hugh Greenwood, New Mexico; Aqeel Quinn, San Diego State; David Collette, Utah State; Josh Adams, Wyoming.
James Webb, Boise State; Marvelle Harris, Fresno State; J.J. O’Brien, San Diego State; Skylar Spencer, San Diego State; Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV; Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming.
Marek Olesinski, Air Force; Stanton Kidd, Colorado State; Rashad Vaughn, UNLV; Chris Smith, Utah State.
Player of the Year: Derrick Marks, Boise State
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Skylar Spencer, San Diego State; Larry Nance, Wyoming
Newcomer of the Year: James Webb, Boise State
Freshman of the Year: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
Sixth Man of the Year: John Gillon, Colorado State
Coach of the Year: Leon Rice, Boise State