WAC Honors Wolf Pack

By: WAC
By: WAC

The Western Athletic Conference men's basketball postseason award winners as selected by the league's nine head coaches were announced today.

The first team is led by Utah State senior guard Jaycee Carroll who was also voted the WAC's Player of the Year. Carroll is the first Aggie to earn Player of the Year honors since Eric Franson earned Big West Player of the Year honors in 1995. In conference games only, Carroll led the WAC in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game, and free throw percentage (.913). The senior led the Aggies to a share of their first WAC regular season crown. Boise State's Reggie Larry, Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, New Mexico State's Justin Hawkins and Fresno State's Kevin Bell were also first team selections.

Carroll, Kemp and Hawkins were the only repeat all-WAC honorees from last season. All-three were named to the first team last year. Carroll earned all-WAC honors all three seasons that he played in the WAC.

The all-WAC second-teamers this year were Matt Nelson, Boise State; Matt Gibson, Hawai'i; Jordan Brooks, Idaho; JaVale McGee, Nevada and Gary Wilkinson, Utah State. Brooks is the first Vandal to earn all-WAC honors since Idaho joined the league during the 2005-06 season. All five are new to the all-WAC team this season. Nelson was named to the all-Newcomer team last season.

Nevada guard Armon Johnson became the first Wolf Pack player to earn the WAC's Freshman of the Year award since Ramon Sessions in 2005. In 16 conference games, Johnson averaged 14.1 points per contest, and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.0 percent from the field.

Boise State head coach Greg Graham earned his first Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor by leading the Broncos to a share of their first WAC title. In his sixth year with Boise State, Graham led the Broncos to a 12-4 conference record. Boise State was much improved after ending last season with an 8-8 conference record and finishing tied for fifth.

The 2008 WAC Basketball Tournament is this week at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. The men's teams will compete March 11, 13-15, with the women's competition March 11-12 and 14-15. ESPN FullCourt will carry the men's quarterfinal and semifinal games while ESPN2 will show the men's championship game on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. (MT). All of the games will also be on WAC.tv except for the men's title game.

2007-08 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners

All-Conference
First Team
Reggie Larry, Boise State, F, 6-6, 222, Sr.
Kevin Bell, Fresno State, G, 5-10, 165, Sr.
Marcelus Kemp, Nevada, G, 6-5, 210, Sr.
Justin Hawkins, New Mexico State, F, 6-7, 205, Sr.
Jaycee Carroll, Utah State, G, 6-2, 175, Sr.

Second Team
Matt Nelson, Boise State, F, 6-9, 233, Sr.
Matt Gibson, Hawai'i, G, 6-5, 180, Sr.
Jordan Brooks, Idaho, F, 6-3, 195, Jr.
JaVale McGee, Nevada, F, 6-11, 235, So.
Gary Wilkinson, Utah State, F, 6-9, 240, Jr.

Player of the Year: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State
Freshman of the Year: Armon Johnson, Nevada, G, 6-3, 190,
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Greg Graham, Boise State

All-Newcomer Team
Jordan Brooks, Idaho, F, 6-3, 195, Jr.
Armon Johnson, Nevada, G, 6-3, 190, Fr.
Herb Pope, New Mexico State, F, 6-8, 235, Fr.
C.J. Webster, San Jose State, C, 6-8, 255, So.
Gary Wilkinson, Utah State, F, 6-9, 240, Jr.

All-Defensive Team
Matt Bauscher, Boise State, G, 6-3, 205, Sr.
Matt Gibson, Hawai'i, G, 6-5, 180, Sr.
Lyndale Burleson, Nevada, G, 6-3, 190, Jr.
JaVale McGee, Nevada, F, 6-11, 235, So.
Fred Peete, New Mexico State, G, 6-4, 200, Sr


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