2014-15 Mountain West Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West released its 2014-15 Preseason All-Conference Men's Basketball Team today in conjunction with the start of the MW Basketball Digital Tipoff. The team, as selected by members of the media, features three student-athletes who were All-MW selections in 2013-14, including one first-team honoree. The five-member squad is comprised of four seniors and one junior representing four institutions.
Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. received Preseason MW Player of the Year honors, while San Diego State's Angelo Chol garnered Preseason Newcomer of the Year accolades and UNLV's Rashad Vaughn earned Preseason Freshman of the Year kudos.
Nance, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward, was a first-team All-MW selection in 2013-14 despite suffering a season-ending knee injury that caused him to miss the final five games of the Cowboys' Conference slate. At the time of his injury, he led the team and ranked among league leaders in MW-only games in points (14.5), rebounds (7.8), defensive rebounds (6.5), field goal percentage (50.4), steals (1.7), blocks (2.8) and minutes played (37.9). The Akron, Ohio, product scored in double figures in 11 of his 13 Conference games last season with two 20-point efforts and three double-doubles.
Chol, a junior from San Diego, California, sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Arizona. As a sophomore, he was part of a 27-8 Wildcat squad that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward played in all 35 of Arizona’s games his freshman season, tallying a team-high 29 blocked shots in 2011-12.
Vaughn, a McDonald’s All-American, joins the Rebel program listed as the No. 7 overall player in the country by Rivals, and No. 19 overall and No. 4 at his position in the ESPN 100 rankings. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Vaughn averaged 19.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game in 2013-14 for Findlay College Prep, which posted a 31-5 record and reached the semifinals of the 2014 National High School Championship. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard shot 52 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line as a senior.
Joining Nance on the preseason All-Conference team were Boise State's Anthony Drmic, Colorado State's Daniel Bejarano, and San Diego State teammates Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee II.
Drmic, a 6-foot-6, 192-pound senior guard/forward, earned second-team All-MW honors in 2013-14 after ranking ninth in Conference play with a team-high 14.8 points per game. He also ranked third in made 3-pointers (2.2 pg), fourth in free throw percentage (.843), and sixth in overall (.434) and 3-point (.376) field goal percentage against Conference opponents, while contributing 29 assists, eight steals and a 4.8 rebounding average. The Australian native from Endeavor Hills scored in double digits 14 times in 17 MW games played in 2013-14, including three 20-point performances.
Bejarano, from Phoenix, Arizona, is the league's top returning scorer in MW play after ranking second with an 18.8 average en rouute to second-team All-MW accolades last season. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound senior guard started all 18 Conference contests for the Rams, ranking second in made 3-pointers (2.6), seventh in 3-point field goal (.371) and free throw (.788) percentage, ninth in rebounding (7.5), and 10th in field goal percentage (.388) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38). He scored in double figures in 16 of 18 MW contests, including 11 outings with 20 or points, and registered three double-doubles.
Shepard, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound junior forward, is the Aztecs' top returning scorer in MW play from a year ago. He started all 18 Conference tilts in 2013-14, averaging 12.2 points while ranking 19th in the league with 5.4 rebounds per game. The Houston, Texas, product shot 43.5 percent (74-of-170) from the field, while also tallying 39 assists, 13 steals and six blocked shots in league action. He amassed 14 double-figure scoring performances against Conference opponents and grabbed five or more rebounds in 12 of the 18 games.
Polee, a Los Angeles, California, product, was named the 2013-14 MW Sixth Man of the Year after contributing 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game off the bench for the Aztecs in Conference action. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound senior forward, played in all 18 MW contests last season, averaging 16.9 minutes per contest. He shot 42.6 percent (43-of-101) from the field in those games, including 30.2 percent (13-of-43) from 3-point range, while also tallying 23 steals, 10 blocks and nine assists.
|2014-15 MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM|
|G/F||Anthony Drmic**||Sr.||Boise State|
|G||Daniel Bejarano**||Sr.||Colorado State|
|F||Winston Shepard||Jr.||San Diego State|
|F||Dwayne Polee II||Sr.||San Diego State|
|F||Larry Nance Jr.*||Sr.||Wyoming|
|Preseason Player of the Year:
Larry Nance Jr., Sr., F, Wyoming
|Preseason Newcomer of the Year:
Angelo Chol, Jr, F, San Diego State
|Preseason Freshman of the Year:
Rashad Vaughn, Fr., G, UNLV
|* - member of the 2013-14 All-Mountain West first team.
** - member of the 2013-14 All-Mountain West second team.