WAC Announces Men's Basketball Post-Season Honors

March 1, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Western Athletic Conference mens basketball postseason awardwinners as selected by the leagues 16 head coaches were announced today. Awards werepresented in both the Pacific and Mountain Divisions, with the coaches voting only for playerswithin their division.

The University of Wyoming was represented on the teams by Ugo Udezue, who was named to the Mountain Division's All-Conference Second Team, and by Anthony Blakes, who was named to the Mountain Division's All-Defensive Team.

Udezue finished the regular season averaging 20.5 points per game, which ranked him 4th in the WAC. Ugo also ranked 10th in field goal percentage and 11th in rebounding. Blakes averaged 11.3 points per game and averaged 2.2 steals per game which ranked him 6th in the conference. He was also 12th in rebounding and 7th in assists.

In the Mountain Division, the first team included players from five different teams. The teamincluded Jeryl Sasser, SMU; Shawn Marion, UNLV; Lee Nailon, TCU; Robert Johnson,Rice; and Milt Palacio, Colorado State. Sasser garnered Player of the Year honors whileTulsas Greg Harrington was named Freshman of the Year. Rices Willis Wilson was votedthe divisions Coach of the Year.

Jeryl Sasser, last years Freshman of the Year, is averaging 19.2 points per game, 8.5rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. Harrington is averaging 8.3 points and and 2.0 assists forthe Golden Hurricane. Wilson led the Owls to one of the best turnarounds in the nation asRice finished the regular season with a 17-9 record after a 6-22 campaign last year.

In the Pacific Division, champion Utah had three players named to the all-WAC first team ledby Andre Miller, Hanno Mttl and Alex Jensen. Fresno States Courtney Alexander andNew Mexicos Kenny Thomas also earned first team honors. Miller captured the divisionsPlayer of the Year, while his coach, Rick Majerus, was the Coach of the Year. BrighamYoungs Mark Bigelow earned Freshman of the Year honors.

Senior Andre Miller, is averaging 16.0 points, 5.8 assists, 2.6 steals and is shooting 49.7percent from the field. Majerus led the Runnin Utes to the Pacific Division title and becamethe second school in WAC history to finish the conference slate with a perfect record (14-0).Bigelow leads the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding.

1999 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners
Mountain Division

All-ConferenceFirst TeamJeryl Sasser, SMU, G, 6-6, 200, So., Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS)Shawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Lee Nailon, TCU, F, 6-9, 230, Sr., South Bend, Ind. (Butler CC)Robert Johnson, Rice, G/F, 6-4, 195, Sr., Waco, Texas (LaVega HS)Milt Palacio, Colorado State, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (West Texas JC)

Second TeamUgo Udezue, Wyoming, F/C, 6-8, 237, So., Anambra, Nigeria (Riverdale Baptist)Michael Ruffin, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)Marquise Gainous, TCU, F/C, 6-9, 216, Jr., Orlando, Fla. (Jacksonville CC)Tyron Wright, Air Force, F, 6-4, 190, Jr., West Columbia, S.C. (Lexington)Brandon Kurtz, Tulsa, C, 6-10, 255, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College)

Player of the Year: Jeryl Sasser, SMUFreshman of the Year: Greg Harrington, TulsaCoach of the Year:Willis Wilson, Rice

All-Newcomer TeamShawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Brandon Kurtz, Tulsa, C, 6-10, 255, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College) Marquise Gainous, TCU, F/C, 6-9, 216, Jr., Orlando, Fla. (Jacksonville CC)Jason Skaer, Rice, F, 6-7, 230, Sr., Deer Park, Texas (Oklahoma State)Greg Harrington, Tulsa, G, 6-2, 185, Fr., Carrollton, Texas (Newman Smith HS)

All-Defensive TeamMichael Ruffin, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)Greedy Daniels, UNLV, G, 6-0, 175, So., New Orleans, La. (Cohen HS)Anthony Blakes, Wyoming, G, 6-2, 172, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Arizona Western JC)Shawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Prince Fowler, TCU, G, 5-10, 170, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev. (Western HS)

Pacific Division

All-ConferenceFirst TeamAndre Miller, Utah, G, 6-2, 203, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei HS)Hanno Mttl, Utah, F, 6-10, 240, Jr., Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne)Kenny Thomas, New Mexico, C, 6-8, 260, Sr., Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque HS)Alex Jensen, Utah, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., Centerville, Utah (Viewmont HS)Courtney Alexander, Fresno State, G, 6-5, 200, Jr., Durham, N.C. (Virginia)

Second TeamSharif Fajardo, UTEP, F/C, 6-8, 225, Sr., New York, N.Y. (LaSalle Academy)Lamont Long, New Mexico, G, 6-4, 190, Jr., Tempe, Ariz. (Corona del Sol)Brandon Wolfram, UTEP, F, 6-8, 220, So., Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo HS)Mark Bigelow, Brigham Young, G, 6-6, 190, Fr., Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS)Michael Quinney, San Jose State, G, 5-10, 158, Sr., Oakland, Calif. (Lower Columbia CC)

Player of the Year: Andre Miller, UtahFreshman of the Year:Mark Bigelow, Brigham YoungCoach of the Year: Rick Majerus, Utah

All-Newcomer TeamMark Bigelow, Brigham Young, G, 6-6, 190, Fr., Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS)Courtney Alexander, Fresno State, G, 6-5, 200, Jr., Durham, N.C. (Virginia)Melvin Ely, Fresno State, C, 6-11, 240, So., Harvey, Ill. (Thornton Township)Tony Harvey, Utah, F, 6-5, 188, Jr., Carson, Calif. (Cerritos JC)Jeremy Killion, Utah, G, 6-0, 197, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (Palomar JC)

All-Defensive TeamAlex Jensen, Utah, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., Centerville, Utah (Viewmont HS)Andre Miller, Utah, G, 6-2, 203, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei HS)Kenny Thomas, New Mexico, C, 6-8, 260, Sr., Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque HS)Melvin Ely, Fresno State, C, 6-11, 240, So., Harvey, Ill. (Thornton Township)Winford McRae, UTEP, G, 6-1, 175, Jr., Dorchester, Mass. (Tallahassee CC)