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Air Force's Hayden Graham earns recognition as media releases All-Mountain West awards

March 5, 2017 Updated: March 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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Hayden Graham received honorable mention recognition, marking the lone honor for Air Force as the media released its All-Mountain West Team on Sunday.

Colorado State senior guard Gian Clavell was named Player of the Year, Rams coach Larry Eustachy was the top coach and Koby McEwan of Utah State was a unanimous pick as Freshman of the Year.

The first-team included Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo of Colorado State, Nevada’s Marcus Marshall and Cameron Oliver and San Jose State’s Brandon Clarke.

The team was voted upon by writers covering the 11 teams, with one ballot per market. The Gazette’s Brent Briggeman voted to represent the Air Force market.

Graham, who led Air Force is scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) through the regular season for the second straight year, also earned honorable mention a year ago as Air Force’s lone representative in the awards.

Below is the press release compiled by Fort Collins Coloradoan sports editor Matthew Stephens with full details on the awards, which included first-, second-, and third-team honorees and other individual awards.

 

Media West Basketball All-Conference Media Awards

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State senior guard Gian Clavell has been voted the Mountain West men’s basketball Player of the Year by members of the media who cover the conference.

Clavell, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, had the highest point total and earned four of 11 first-place player of the year votes, with the remaining first-place votes going to CSU teammate Emmanuel Omogbo and Nevada’s Marcus Marshall and Cameron Oliver. Clavell finished the conference season as the Mountain West’s leading scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game during league play, and averaged 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per outing. He ranked second in the conference with 56 made 3-pointers during Mountain West action.

Clavell was accompanied on the All-MW first team by Marshall, Omogbo, Oliver and Brandon Clarke of San Jose State.

Coach of the Year was awarded to CSU’s Larry Eustachy, who beat out Eric Musselman (Nevada) and Dave Wojcik (San Jose State).

Marshall, a senior transfer from Missouri State, earned Newcomer of the Year honors. Utah State’s Koby McEwan was the unanimous Freshman of the Year pick. Wyoming’s Justin James was named Sixth Man of the Year. Oliver, a sophomore, was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

Every Mountain West market was represented in all-conference voting. In markets where more than one outlet covers a team closely, reporters from competing publications put together a joint ballot.

Voters ranked their top 15 players for first-, second- and third-team All-MW with their player of the year pick receiving 15 points and the last man on the third-team receiving one point.

1st Team

Gian Clavell, Colorado State, Sr. – 154

Marcus Marshall, Nevada, Sr. – 147

Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State, Sr. – 132

Brandon Clarke, San Jose State, So. – 129

Cameron Oliver, Nevada, Sr. – 118

 

2nd Team

Chandler Hutchinson, Boise State, Jr. – 113

Elijah Brown, New Mexico, Sr. – 106

Jordan Caroline, Nevada, So. – 88

Jalen Moore, Utah State, Sr. – 80

Deshon Taylor, Fresno State, So. – 58

 

3rd Team

D.J. Fenner, Nevada, Sr. – 51

Koby McEwen, Utah State, Fr. – 31

Trey Kell, San Diego State, Jr. – 28

Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State, Jr. – 24

Jovan Mooring, UNLV, Jr. – 14

 

Honorable mention: Hayden Graham, Air Force; Prentiss Nixon, CSU; Dakarai Allen, San Diego State; Zylan Cheatham, San Diego State; Paris Austin, Boise State; Hayden Dalton, Wyoming; Justin James, Wyoming; Tim Williams, New Mexico;

 

Player of the Year: Gian Clavell, Colorado State (4)
Coach of the Year: Larry Eustachy, Colorado State (8)
Newcomer of the Year: Marcus Marshall, Nevada (8)
Freshman of the Year: Koby McEwen, Utah State (11)
Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Oliver, Nevada (4)
Sixth Man of the Year: Justin James, Wyoming (7)

 

Others receiving award votes

Player of the Year: Marcus Marshall, Nevada; Cameron Oliver, Nevada; Emmanuel Omogbo, CSU.
Coach of the Year: Eric Musselman, Nevada; Dave Wojcik, San Jose State.
Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Caroline, Nevada; Deshon Taylor, Fresno State.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dakarai Allen, San Diego State; Brandon Clarke, San Jose State; Emmanuel Omogbo, CSU; Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State.

Sixth Man of the Year: Paris Austin, Boise State; Hayden Dalton, Wyoming.

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