Three Rams garner of all-MW accolades
March 5, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West announced Monday evening its 2011-12 all-league awards, and a trio of Colorado State juniors were honored among the conference’s top players, setting a program record for the Rams as a member of either the MW or the Western Athletic Conference.
Guards Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green, and forward Pierce Hornung, each took home all-conference awards. Eikmeier was named as a member of the all-MW first team and Green and Hornung collected third-team honors. Hornung was also selected as a member of the MW all-defensive team, the first Ram to achieve the honor since the MW began selecting an all-defensive squad in 2008-09.
Eikmeier, a native of Fremont, Neb., was the Rams’ top scorer and the second-leading scorer in the MW during the 2011-12 season, finishing at 16.0 points per game - just behind league Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State. Eikmeier ranked among the MW’s leaders shooting nearly 41 percent from the field in 2011-12, and was the top free-throw shooter in the conference, hitting 87.5 percent from the stripe. He scored in double figures in 24 games for the Rams, eclipsing the 20-point mark nine times, including a career-high 30-point effort against Boise State earlier this year.
Green, a product of Lawrence, Kans., continued his streak of consecutive games started throughout the 2011-12 season. Having been a mainstay in the Rams’ lineup since his freshman season, he has now started every game of his CSU career, a streak that sits at 93 games entering this week’s Mountain West Championship. Green, the Rams’ second leading scorer (13.4 ppg.) is closing in on 1,000-career points, and is just nine ticks shy of becoming the 19th member of the exclusive club. Green has also led Colorado State in assists in each of the past three seasons, and currently ranks just outside the program’s top-five for career three-pointers made.
Hornung is in his third season at CSU after prepping at Arvada’s Ralston Valley High School, and has made his mark as a tough-minded rebounder and an hard-nosed defensive stopper for the Rams. The Rams’ fourth-leading scorer (8.4 ppg.), he ranks third in the Mountain West in rebounding (8.3 rpg), and is the league leader on the offensive glass, pulling in 3.26 offensive rebounds per game. He ranks second in the MW in steals per game (1.87 per game).
Hornung’s value on the defensive side of the ball can be easily illustrated in the Rams’ record without the 6-5 forward in the lineup. CSU posted a 16-7 mark in the 2011-12 regular season with Hornung on the court, giving up just 65.5 points per game as a team. In six games without Hornung, due to a concussion suffered in the Rams’ third game of the year, CSU posted a 3-3 mark and gave up 79.0 points per contest, a difference of nearly 14 points per game.