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CBT’s Mountain West postseason awards

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Player of the Year: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State

There is a lot of talent in the Mountain West, but what Franklin did this season simply cannot be overlooked. He averaged 17.1 ppg and 8.0 rpg on the year, but those numbers bumped up to 19.5 ppg and 9.9 rpg in league play. A 6’5″ wing, Franklin helped the Aztecs make up for the fact that they were always playing at a size disadvantage by attacking the glass on both ends of the floor.

Coach of the Year: Steve Fisher, San Diego State

Think about what the Aztecs lost last season. A lottery pick in Kawhi Leonard. Two starting big men in Malcolm Thomas, an NBA player, and Billy White. Their starting point guard DJ Gay. And now look where they ended: sharing the conference regular season title with New Mexico despite being forced to play with a four guard lineup. Should I mention that the Mountain West is as strong as it has ever been, even without BYU? There wasn’t much deliberation.

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Dmric, Boise State

The Broncos didn’t exactly have the kind of season that they were looking for, but there is a bright future for this team. Drmic averaged 11.4 ppg as a freshman, leading a very young team to a great start to the season and a more-competitive-than-you-think MWC season.

Sixth-Man of the Year: Amric Fields, TCU

Fields started just seven of TCU’s 30 games this season, averaging 9.8 ppg, good for third on the team. Perhaps his best moment this season came when he scored eight straight points to break a second half tie with New Mexico in an upset win for TCU.

Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Moser, UNLV

I think that an overlooked aspect on the defensive end of the floor is defensive rebounding. The ability to get steals and block shots is great, as is having a knack for forcing the man you are guarding to miss a high-percentage of their shots. But defensive rebounds end possessions. Like a steal, they get your team possession of the ball. Moser averaged 1.9 spg, 0.9 bpg and was sixth in the country with defensive rebounding percentage of 28.6%.

All-MWC First Team

POY: Jamaal Franklin, So., SDSU
G: Kendall Williams, So., New Mexico
G: Chase Tapley, Jr., San Diego State
G: Wes Eikmeier, Jr., Colorado State
F: Mike Moser, So., UNLV
C: Drew Gordon, Sr., New Mexico

All-MWC Second Team

G: Anthony Marshall, Jr., UNLV
G: Hank Thorns, Sr., TCU
G: Dorian Green, Jr., Colorado State
F: Leonard Washington, Jr., Wyoming
F: Michael Lyons, Jr., Air Force

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.