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Air Force snubbed in men's basketball All-Mountain West selections, continuing a trend

March 6, 2018 Updated: March 6, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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photo - Air Force's Trevor Lyons (20) reacts after he was called for a foul against New Mexico in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force won 100-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Air Force's Trevor Lyons (20) reacts after he was called for a foul against New Mexico in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force won 100-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Air Force was entirely shut out in voting for all-Mountain West slots, continuing a trend.

Nevada’s Caleb Martin was named Player of the Year as the awards voted upon by coaches were announced Tuesday. Martin was joined on the first team by teammate Jordan Caroline, Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, Fresno State’s Deshon Taylor and Wyoming’s Justin James.

Colorado Springs native Alan Herndon was an all-defensive pick by the coaches for his work at Wyoming.

Air Force placed no players on the top three teams or had anyone receive honorable mention.

The two teams that finished below the Falcons in the standings, Colorado State and San Jose State, had representatives among the four players in the honorable mention category.

In the media voting, which was released on Sunday and included a vote from The Gazette’s Brent Briggeman, Trevor Lyons received honorable mention. The Gazette’s ballot had Lyons on the third team.

In Mountain West play, Lyons ranked sixth in the conference in assists, sixth in steals, sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio and 11th in minutes played. The guard also averaged 9.5 points in league play and was often the calming presence on a team that gave the majority of its playing time to sophomores. In Air Force’s six league wins, Lyons averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals.

Air Force hasn’t placed a player on the top three teams since sophomore Tre’ Coggins was a third-team selection in 2013-14. Michael Lyons, Trevor’s older brother, had been a first-team pick the year before that.

In football this past season Air Force was the only team in the conference without a first-team pick and had only offensive lineman Alex Norton among second-team picks. This despite a 4-4 conference record that was topped by only five of the league’s 12 teams.

In the women’s awards announced on Monday the Falcons garnered no players on the top three teams or honorable mention despite finishing eighth in the 11-team league, though freshman Kaelin Immel was named Freshman of the Year. The league’s coaches named Wyoming’s Joe Legerski as coach of the year over Air Force’s Chris Gobrecht. Legerski’s team was picked second in the preseason poll, while Gobrecht’s Falcons were picked last (receiving fewer than half the points of the next-highest team) before winning a program-record five conference games – including a win over Legerski’s squad.

 

ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST AWARDS (VOTED UPON BY COACHES)

Player of the Year: Caleb Martin, Nevada

Defensive Player of the Year: Cody Martin, Nevada

Newcomer of the Year: Caleb Martin, Nevada

Sixth Man of the Year: Alex Hobbs, Boise State

Freshman of the Year: Brandon McCoy, UNLV

Coach of the Year: Eric Musselman, Nevada

First team

Chandler Hutchison, Boise State

Deshon Taylor, Fresno State

Jordan Caroline, Nevada

Caleb Martin, Nevada

Justin James, Wyoming

Second team

Cody Martin, Nevada

Malik Pope, San Diego State

Shakur Juiston, UNLV

Brandon McCoy, UNLV

Hayden Dalton, Wyoming

Third team

Bryson Williams, Fresno State

Kendall Stephens, Nevada

Anthony Mathis, New Mexico

Koby McEwen, Utah State

Sam Merrill, Utah State

Honorable mention

Nico Carvacho, Colorado State

Antino Jackson, New Mexico

Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State

Ryan Welage, San José State

All-defense team

Chandler Hutchison, Boise State

Deshon Taylor, Fresno State

Lindsey Drew, Nevada

Cody Martin, Nevada

Antino Jackson, New Mexico

Alan Herndon, Wyoming

 

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ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST AWARDS (VOTED UPON BY MEDIA)

Player of the Year: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
Coach of the Year: Eric Musselman, Nevada
Sixth Man of the Year: Louis Adams, Wyoming
Newcomer of the Year: Caleb Martin, Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Brandon McCoy, UNLV
Defensive Player of the Year: Alan Herndon, Wyoming

 

First team

Chandler Hutchison, Boise State (7 POY votes)

Caleb Martin, Nevada (2)

Jordan Caroline, Nevada

Justin James, Wyoming

Hayden Dalton, Wyoming

Second team

Deshon Taylor, Fresno State

Brandon McCoy, UNLV

Cody Martin, Nevada 

Sam Merrill, Utah State

Shakur Juiston, UNLV

Third team

Koby McEwen, Utah State 

Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State

Anthony Mathis, New Mexico

Kendall Stephens, Nevada

Ryan Welage, San Jose State

Honorable mention: Antino Jackson, New Mexico; Nico Carvacho, Colorado State; Trevor Lyons, Air Force; Malik Pope, San Diego State; Jordan Johnson, UNLV; Alan Herndon, Wyoming; Bryson Williams, Fresno State; Chris Sengfelder, Boise State; Lexus Williams, Boise State.

 

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BRENT BRIGGEMAN’S ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST BALLOT (weighted 1 through 15)

  1. Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  2. Caleb Martin, Nevada
  3. Jordan Caroline, Nevada
  4. Deshon Taylor, Fresno State
  5. Justin James, Wyoming
  6. Hayden Dalton, Wyoming
  7. Anthony Mathis, New Mexico
  8. Brandon McCoy, UNLV
  9. Koby McEwen, Utah State
  10. Sam Merrill, Utah State
  11. Cody Martin, Nevada
  12. Malik Pope, San Diego State
  13. Trevor Lyons, Air Force
  14. Chris Sengfelder, Boise State
  15. Nico Carvacho, Colorado State

 

Player of the Year: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State

Coach of the Year: Eric Musselman, Nevada

Sixth Man of the Year: Alex Hobbs, Boise state

Newcomer of the Year: Caleb Martin, Nevada

Freshman of the Year: Brandon McCoy, UNLV

Defensive Player of the Year: Alan Herndon, Wyoming

 

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