MWC Announces Preseason Men's Basketball Selections

Oct. 21, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The Mountain West Conference released its men's basketball preseason media poll and all-conference team today at the leagues' media day being held at the J.W. Marriott in Las Vegas, Nev.

The league media selected Wyoming to claim the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball title for the second straight year with 141 total points and 12 of the possible 19 first-place votes. UNLV was picked second with 126 points and five first-place votes, while Utah came in third with 111 points and BYU fourth with 99. The Utes and Cougars each received one first-place vote. 2002 MWC Tournament champion San Diego State placed fifth with 82 total points, followed by Colorado State (56), New Mexico (40), and Air Force (29).

Wyoming claimed the first outright MWC regular season title last year after posting an 11-3 mark in conference play. The Cowboys finished the 2001-02 campaign 22-9 overall and defeated Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Arizona in the second round. Under head coach Steve McClain, the Cowboys have won 18 or more games each of the past four seasons and return five starters in 2002-03.

2002-03 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll

Rk.  Team (1st-place votes)   Pts1.   Wyoming (12)             1412.   UNLV (5)                 1263.   Utah (1)                 1114.   BYU (1)                   995.   San Diego State           826.   Colorado State            567.   New Mexico                408.   Air Force                 29

2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Name, Class, Position        InstitutionRuben Douglas, Sr.           New MexicoMarcus Banks, Sr.            UNLVDalron Johnson, Sr.          UNLVBritton Johnsen, Sr.         UtahMarcus Bailey, Sr.           Wyoming

Top Returning Player
Marcus Bailey, Sr., Wyoming

Top Newcomer
Demetrius Hunter, Jr., UNLV

Preseason Media All-MWC Team Player Profiles

Ruben Douglas (6-5, 200, Sr., G, New Mexico)

First-team All-Mountain West Conference selection last season, leading the MWC in scoring at 18.1 ppg. Had 13 games with at least 20 points last year, including the final six. He is the first player in MWC history to record four 30-point games in a season and first Lobo to do so since Greg Brown had four in 1993-94. Averaged 27.3 ppg in final six games of the season. In just two years at UNM, Douglas has 999 points and ranks 22nd in career scoring.

Marcus Banks (6-2, 200, Sr., G, UNLV)

Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-MWC in 2001-02. He was also an academic all-conference honoree last year. Appeared in 31 games and averaged 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Led the MWC in steals (67), was sixth in scoring (15.8), ninth in assists (94), ninth in assist/turnover ratio and 14th in field goal percentage (.470). Scored in double figures in 22 games, with 20 or more points 11 times.

Dalron Johnson (6-10, 215, Sr., F, UNLV)

Named first-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2001-02 and to the All-District 8 team by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Johnson was also an MWC All-Tournament team member in 2000 and 2002 and is 18th on the schools' all-time scoring list with 1,232 points. Enters the 2002-03 season as the MWC's all-time leading scorer with 1,232 points (16 points ahead of Wyoming's Marcus Bailey).

Britton Johnsen (6-9, 213, Sr., F, Utah)

Named MWC Player of the Year, USBWA District 8 Player of the Year and NABC All-District 13 first-team in 2001-02. Enters 2002-03 as a Preseason Wooden All-American. Ranked 13th in the MWC in scoring (12.6 ppg), eighth in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 15th in three-point percentage (.365) in 2001-02. Scored at least 20 points five times and had five double-doubles in last season. Reached double figures in scoring in all but six games.

Marcus Bailey (6-5, 190, Sr., G, Wyoming)

Selected first-team All-Mountain West Conference the past two seasons and is a Wooden Preseason All-American for 2002-03. He is one of four 2001-02 first-team All-MWC selections returning this season and was a member of the 2002 MWC All-Tournament team. He has led Wyoming to two MWC regular-season titles, a combined record of 42-19 (.689) over the past two seasons, and the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Bailey enters his senior season ranked second in MWC history and No. 16 in Wyoming school history in scoring with 1,216 career points.