Mountain West Names Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week

March 4, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State sophomore guard Derrick Marks and New Mexico sophomore center Alex Kirk have been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through March 3. This is the third career MW weekly accolade for both Marks and Kirk.

Marks averaged 22.0 points (.600 shooting percentage), 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game as Boise State defeated Conference foes Nevada and Colorado State last week. A Chicago, Ill., native, Marks scored 33 points and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field in the second half of the Broncos' 78-65 home win over the Rams. He scored 26 of his team's 28 second-half points, including a stretch of 24 straight. He finished the game with 38 points on 13-of-18 shooting (.722), including a 4-of-7 mark from 3-point range, and also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Against Nevada, Marks dished out a team-high eight assists and also had six points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks in the 73-47 home victory.

A native of Los Alamos, N.M., Kirk averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists as New Mexico defeated San Diego State and Wyoming to clinch the 2012-13 MW regular-season title. In Wednesday's 70-60 win over the Aztecs, Kirk scored a season-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting (.667), including 3-of-3 from 3-point range. The 7-footer also blocked three shots, had three assists and pulled down seven rebounds. Against the Cowboys on Saturday, Kirk was again the Lobos' high scorer, this time with 15 points. He also added a team-best nine rebounds and two blocks. Kirk finished the week shooting .560 from the field (14-of-25), including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

MW Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 12 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Nov. 19 - Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada; Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 26 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Dec. 3 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Dec. 10 - Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV
Dec. 17 - Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Dec. 24 - Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 31 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico
Jan. 7 - Leonard Washington, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 14 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico; Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State
Jan. 21 - Dorian Green, Sr., G, Colorado State
Jan. 28 - JJ O'Brien, So., F, San Diego State
Feb. 4 - Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Feb. 11 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Feb. 18 - Michael Lyons, Sr., G, Air Force
Feb. 25 - Kendall Williams, Jr., G, New Mexico
Mar. 4 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State; Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico