Oct. 9, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference released its preseason media poll and all-conferenceteam today at Basketball Media Day being held at the Denver Marriott City Center.
The league media selected Wyoming to win the Mountain West Conference men's basketball title,claiming 25 of a possible 29 first place votes. Utah was picked second, garnering four first-placevotes, followed by New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, BYU, Colorado State and Air Force.
Wyoming claimed a share of the regular season title last year with BYU and Utah after each posted10-4 marks in conference play. It was the Cowboys first regular season league crown since 1993.Wyoming finished the 2000-01 campaign 20-10 overall and fell to Pepperdine in the first round of theNIT (72-69). Under head coach Steve McClain, the Cowboys have won 18 or more games each of the pastthree seasons and return all five starters.
Preseason Media Poll
School (First Place Votes) Points1. Wyoming (25) 2282. Utah (4) 1993. New Mexico 1764. San Diego State 1305. UNLV 1176. BYU 1027. Colorado State 548. Air Force 38
Top Returning Player
Josh Davis, Sr., F, Wyoming
Tony Bland, Jr., G, San Diego State
All-Conference Team Bios
Marcus Bailey (6-5, 190, Jr., G, Wyoming)
Bailey is one of only two first-team All-MWC selections returning this season. He led the league in scoring at 17.4 point per game and ranked third in free throw percentage (.792). Bailey also led the MWC with 12 20-plus scoring games, including a career high 34 at UNLV in the regular season finale.
Josh Davis (6-8, 235, Sr., F, Wyoming)
Davis was the only unanimous preseason all-conference selection in 2001-02. He is a two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection and led the league in rebounding (9.4 rpg), while ranking ninth in scoring (13.5 ppg) a year ago. He recorded seven double-doubles and 11 double figure rebound games in 2000-01. Davis was also chosen the USBWA Player of the Year in District Eight and was a first team NABC District 13 selection.
Ruben Douglas (6-4, 185, Jr., G, New Mexico)
Douglas was a second-team all-conference and newcomer team selection last year for the Lobos. He led New Mexico and ranked fifth in the MWC in scoring (16.2 ppg) and recorded eight 20-plus scoring contests. He also ranked fourth in the league in 3-point percentage (.406), eighth in free throw percentage (.792) and 11th in rebounding (5.8 rpg).
Randy Holcomb (6-9, 219, Sr., F, San Diego State)
A member of the 2001-02 Mountain West Conference Newcomer Team, Holcomb led the Aztecs and ranked sixth in the MWC in scoring at 15.9 point per game. He also ranked sixth in the league in rebounding at 6.6 boards per game and recorded five double-doubles on the year. Holcomb was a member of the 2001 USBWA District 9 team.
Britton Johnsen (6-9, 205, Jr., F, Utah)
Johnsen was a second-team All-MWC selection last year after returning from a two-year LDS church mission. He scored in double figures 14 times and ranked 13th in the conference in rebounding (5.4 rpg).