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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.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.