March 7, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
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University of Wyoming senior guard Jay Straight earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors and Cowboy junior forward Justin Williams was named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday in balloting by the MWC head coaches and media representatives that cover each of the eight MWC member institutions. UW senior guard Dion Sherrell earned Honorable Mention recognition.
Jay Straight is the only player in Mountain West Conference history to score 1,000 career points (1,536) and hand out 400 career assists (448). He is the career assist leader in MWC history, and ranks fourth on the MWC career scoring list.He is one of only four NCAA Division I players in the nation to rank in the Top 50 this season in scoring and assists. He ranks No. 45 in the country in scoring (18.2 ppg), and is No. 34 in assists (5.30 apg).
He scored a career high 41 points on Feb. 26, 2005, at Colorado State. That was the third best scoring performance in the nation this season. It also ranks as the eighth best scoring performance in schoolhistory and the fourth best in Mountain West Conference history.
This season he was selected Second Team All-District 13 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Straight currently ranks No. 4 in the MWC in scoring (18.2 ppg), No. 1 in minutes played (39.67 mpg), No. 2 in assists (5.30 apg), No. 2 in three-point field goals (2.07 per game), No. 5 in steals (1.52 spg), No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.27 to 1.00), No. 12 in three-point FG% and No. 13 in FT% (.760).
He is one of only two players in the Mountain West Conference to rank in the top five in the MWC in points, assists and steals for the2004-05 season. Straight ranks in the Top 20 in the MWC this season in eight of the 13 individual categories ranked.
In school history, the senior ranks No. 2 in career assists (448), No. 10 in career scoring (1,536), No. 2 in career games started (109), is No. 2 in career three pointers made (167), ranks No. 6 in career steals at UW (125) and is No. 9 in career free throws made (415).
Straight has scored in double figures in 26 of 27 games this season, and in 77 of 117 career games. He has scored 20 or more innine games this season, and has scored 20 or more points 21 times during his career.
As a junior he was named Second Team All-MWC.
Justin Williams is ranked No. 1 in the MWC and No. 8 in the nation in blocked shots (2.96 bspg). He broke the MWC single-season record for blocked shots when he had four blocks at BYU on Feb. 12, 2005. He has 80 blocks this season. The previous MWC single-season record was 70, set by Wayland White of New Mexico in the 1999-2000 season.Williams is also No. 7 in the MWC in rebounding (6.3 rpg), and No. 3 in field-goal percentage (.571). He is second on the Cowboy team in rebounding and fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg).
In conference play, Williams has improved his averages to 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He was named the MWC Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 24, 2005, after averaging 20.5 points per game, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game, while shooting 88.2 percent from the field (15 of 17) and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line (11 of 13) in two wins versus Brigham Young and San Diego State.
He was named the Mountain West Conference Preseason Newcomer of the Year by conference media members.
Dion Sherrell ranks second on the Cowboy team in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, and ranks No. 13 in the MWC.Sherrell is among the best shooters in the Mountain West Conference. He ranks No. 7 in the MWC in free-throw shooting, .831 percent (49 of 59). He is also No.11 in the conference in three-pointers made (1.59 per game).
He missed the first five games of the 2004-05 season due to breaking a bone in his right hand.
He tied a career high with 22 points vs. New Mexico on Feb. 7, 2005. Sherrell scored in double figures in 10 of 14 MWC games this season. He has scored in double figures in each of his last five games, and has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games this season.
Sherrell has 15 double-figure scoring games this season and 20 for his career.
Utah head coach Ray Giacoletti captured Coach of the Year honors, while Andrew Bogut of Utah was selected as Player of the Year. Freshman of the Year honors went to Jason Smith of Colorado State.
Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, UtahDefensive Player of the Year: Justin Williams, WyomingFreshman of the Year: Jason Smith, Colorado StateCoach of the Year: Ray Giacoletti, Utah
First-Team All-Mountain West
Andrew Bogut, UtahDanny Granger, New MexicoJay Straight, WyomingOdartey Blankson, UNLVMarc Jackson, Utah