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.