March 6, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference men's basketballpostseason all-conference teams, along with the coach, player, newcomer andfreshman of the year awards as selected by the league's eight men's headcoaches were announced Monday.
The University of Wyoming placed one student-athlete on the first-team, as Josh Davisearned that honor. Senior guard Anthony Blakes was also honored, being namedsecond-team All-Mountain West.
In just his second season at Wyoming, sophomore center/forward Josh Daviscaptured first-team honors. He was named player of the week twice thisseason and has recorded the second-most double-doubles in the league at 12.In conference play, Davis averaged 15.9 points (7th) and 9.0 rebounds (3rd)per game. He also ranked second in blocked shots with a 2.07 average. In allgames, Davis finished the regular season with a scoring average of 14.9 ppg(9th) and a rebound average of 8.9 rpg (3rd).
Anthony Blakes is oneof only three players in the MWC to rank in the Top 15 this season inscoring, rebounding and assists. The others are Alex Jensen of Utah andLamont Long of New Mexico. Blakes currently ranks in the Top 15 in the MWC in seven differentstatistical categories.
Air Force head coach Reggie Minton and UNLV head coach Bill Bayno share theMen's Coach of the Year honor, while Alex Jensen of Utah was selected as thePlayer of the Year and BYU's Terrell Lyday was named Newcomer of the Year.Air Force's Tom Bellairs and UNLV's Dalron Johnson were selected asCo-Freshman of the Year.
Regular season co-champion Utah placed two players on the first team in AlexJensen and Hanno M?tt?l?, while the other co-champion, UNLV, had KasparsKambala earn first team honors. New Mexico's Lamont Long and Wyoming's JoshDavis also garnered first-team acclaim.
Air Force head coach Reggie Minton led the Falcons to an 8-19 overall and4-10 conference record this season. The four conference victories in 2000doubled last year's win total and is the best mark since the 1994-95 season.Air Force snapped a 38-game conference road losing streak this season withan 81-77 triple-overtime win at San Diego State and captured its first sweepof a season series vs. a league opponent since 1992-93 (Fresno State) afterits second victory over San Diego State on Feb. 24. This is the first coachof the year honor for Minton in his 16-year career.
Co-coach of the year Bill Bayno of UNLV secured his fourth consecutivewinning season and posted the best regular-season record in his five seasonsat the helm of the Runnin' Rebels at 20-7. UNLV was picked to finish thirdin both the coaches and media preseason poll. The Rebels won four in a rowto close out the season and claim a piece of the regular season title andthe No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. This is also coach Bayno'sfirst coach of the year honor.
Utah senior Alex Jensen was selected as player of the year after leading theUtes to at least a share of a conference title for the sixth straight year.Jensen averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in conference playthis season. In overall games, he averaged 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds pergame. Jensen is the only player in the Mtn. West who ranks in the top 10 inall but two of the conference's statistical categories (both all games andconference games). He also ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA in 3-pointshooting at 46.5 percent. Jensen captured his second career all-conferencefirst-team selection this season. He was named to both the Western AthleticConference Pacific Division first team and All-Defensive team in 1999.
Junior forward Terrell Lyday of BYU was named newcomer of the year by theconference coaches. Lyday transferred to BYU this season from Fresno CityCollege. Lyday led the league in steals throughout the year averaging 2.19spg and finished the regular season ranked second in scoring in conferencegames (17.8 ppg) and 5th in all games (27.3 ppg). He claimed player of theweek honors once this season (Jan. 10) and is currently on a 16-gamedouble-figure scoring streak.
Freshman of the year honors were split among the league's coaches and wentto both Tom Bellairs, a forward from Air Force and forward Dalron Johnson ofUNLV. Bellairs is the only Mountain West Conference player to average adouble-double in league play this season (10.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg). He alsoled the league in rebounding for all games with a 9.4 average and is theonly freshman ranked the top 25 in the lastest NCAA statistics (No. 17).Bellairs recorded 12 double-figure rebound games this season and leads allfreshmen in the conference with the eight double-doubles on the year (thirdoverall).
Johnson is ranked in the top 10 and leads all freshmen in the conference inscoring (10.6 ppg) and blocked shots (1.44 bpg). He is fifth in rebounding(7.0 rpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (.515), but second amongfreshmen behind Bellairs of Air Force (.517). He has also tallied sixdouble-doubles on the year, a number that ranks fifth in the league.
All-Mountain West Conference First-Team Honorees:
New Mexico senior guard Lamont Long leads the conference in scoring in bothconference play (20.4 ppg) and all games (18.8 ppg). He is also second insteals in all games (2.03 spg) and third in league action (1.93 spg). Longhas scored 20 points or more in 12 contests this season and has made threeor more steals in nine games. He received player of the week honors on Nov.29 for the fourth time in his career. Long was a second-team selection inthe WAC Pacific Division in 1999 and on the Mountain Division all-newcomerteam in 1997.
Junior center Kaspars Kambala of UNLV was a member of the WAC's All-Newcomerteam in 1998. He is currently averaging 18.6 points per game (2nd) overalland 17.6 points (3rd) in conference play. He also ranks second in bothcategories in rebounding with an average of 9.1 rpg in all games and 9.2 rpgin league contests. Kambala leads the Mtn. West with 13 double-doubles and12 double-figure rebounding games. He was selected the player of the week aMtn. West-high three times this season.
Utah senior forward Hanno M?tt?l? is making his third appearance on apostseason all-conference team in 2000. He was a second-team pick in theWAC's Mountain Division in 1998 and a Pacific Division first-team selectionlast season. He was also an all-newcomer team honoree his first season atUtah in 1997. Despite missing 11 games this season, M?tt?l? has recorded six20-plus scoring outings and one 30-plus game. In 17 games, he is averaging17.5 point and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was honored the second conferenceweekly award of his career as Mountain West Conference player of the weekaward on Jan. 3.
All-Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Team
(selected by head coaches)
First-Team All-Mountain West
Alex Jensen, Utah
Sr., 6-7, 215, F, Centerville, Utah (Murray HS)
Lamont Long, New Mexico
Sr., 6-4, 190, G, Tempe, Ariz. (Corona del Sol HS)
Kaspars Kambala, UNLV
Jr., 6-9, 250, C, Riga, Latvia (Homestead HS)
Hanno M?tt?l?, Utah
Sr., 6-10, 240, F, Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne HS)
Josh Davis, Wyoming
So., 6-8, 230, C/F, Salem, Ore. (Salem Academy HS)
Second-Team All-Mountain West
Ceedric Goodwyn, Colorado State
Sr., 6-8, 230, F, Lubbock, Texas (Midland JC)
Mark Dickel, UNLV
Sr., 6-2, 175, G, Dunedin, New Zealand (Logan Park HS)
Anthony Blakes, Wyoming
Sr., 6-2, 188, G, Phoenix, Ariz. (Arizona WesternJC)
Jarvis Croff, Air Force
Jr., 6-4, 185, G, Beaumont, Texas (West Brook HS)
Mekeli Wesley, BYU
Jr., 6-9, 240, F, Provo, Utah (Provo HS)
All-Mountain West Newcomer Team
Terrell Lyday, BYU
Jr., 6-3, 185, G, Fresno, Calif. (Fresno CC)
Tom Bellairs, Air Force
Fr., 6-6, 225, F, Denver, Colo. (Mullen HS)
Trevor Diggs, UNLV
Jr., 6-3, 185, G, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Kilgore College)
Dalron Johnson, UNLV
Fr., 6-9, 205, F, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei HS)
Wayland White, New Mexico
Jr., 6-6, 205, F/G, Milwaukee, Wisc. (IowaWestern CC)
Player of the Year ? Alex Jensen, Utah
Newcomer of the Year ? Terrell Lyday, BYU
Co-Freshmen of the Year ? Tom Bellairs (Air Force) and Dalron Johnson (UNLV)
Co-Coach of the Year ? Reggie Minton (Air Force) and Bill Bayno (UNLV)