MW Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards

Player of the Year Xavier Thames - Kent Horner

San Diego State picks up player of the year, coach of year, newcomer and sixth man.

2013-14 Mountain West Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards

Following the win over New Mexico for the Mountain West regular season title, the San Diego State Aztecs received four of the big six conference awards.

San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames was recognized as Player of the Year. Thames was among league leaders in six categories for conference-only games. He was first in steals and third in free throw shooting percentage. He scored in double figures in 15 of the 18 conference games and had 20 or more points in seven of the games. Thames was also named to the All-Defensive team.

UNLV junior forward Khem Birch was recognized as Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He matched a league record 69 blocked shots in conference play. Birch averaged 10.6 rebounds per game and had at least one block in all 18 conference games.

Newcomer of the Year went to San Diego State forward Josh Davis. The Tulane transfer made the most of his one and only year in an Aztec uniform. He had eight double-figure rebounding games in conference and finished with a 9.1 average of rebounds per game and 7.4 points per game.

Fresno State Paul Watson received Freshman of the Year honors. The guard/forward started all 18 MW games for the Bulldogs. He was the league's leading freshman in rebounding and was second in scoring and blocked shots. He scored in double figures in seven games and had a season average of 8.6 points per game.

The Sixth Man of the Year award went to Dwayne Polee II of San Diego State. The transfer from St. John's played in his second season for the Aztecs. He averaged 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.9 minutes in conference action.

SDSU head coach Steve Fisher earned MW Coach of the Year honors after leading his team to their fourth Mountain West regular season crown. The Aztecs were picked to finish fourth in conference after losing two-thirds of their scoring from a year ago to graduation and the NBA. Fisher picked up his 300th win at San Diego State earlier this season.

2013-14 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM 
(Selected by media and head coaches)
First-Team All-Mountain West
Name, Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. City, State
Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico Sr. F 6-9 250 Brisbane, Australia
Deonte Burton, Nevada* Sr. G 6-1 190 Los Angeles, Calif.
Kendall Williams, New Mexico** Sr. G 6-4 180 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Xavier Thames, San Diego State Sr. G 6-3 195 Sacramento, Calif.
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming Jr. F 6-8 225 Akron, Ohio
Second-Team All-Mountain West
Name, Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. City, State
Anthony Drmic, Boise State* Jr. G/F 6-6 196 Endeavor Hills, Victoria
Ryan Watkins, Boise State Sr. F 6-9 229 Canyon Country, Calif.
Daniel Bejarano, Colorado State Jr. G 6-4 202 Phoenix, Ariz.
Tyler Johnson, Fresno State Sr. G 6-4 186 Mountain View, Calif.
Khem Birch, UNLV Jr. F 6-9 220 Montreal, Quebec
Third-Team All-Mountain West
Name, Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. City, State
Tre' Coggins, Air Force So. G 6-2 185 San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
J.J. Avila, Colorado State Jr. F 6-7 246 McAllen, Texas
Alex Kirk, New Mexico* Jr. C 7-0 250 Los Alamos, N.M.
Josh Davis, San Diego State Sr. F 6-8 215 Raleigh, N.C.
Bryce Dejean-Jones, UNLV Jr. G 6-5 210 Los Angeles, Calif.
All-Defensive Team
Name, Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. City, State
Alex Kirk, New Mexico Jr. C 7-0 250 Los Alamos, N.M.
Kendall Williams, New Mexico Sr. G 6-4 180 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Skylar Spencer, San Diego State So. F 6-10 235 Inglewood, Calif.
Xavier Thames, San Diego State Sr. G 6-3 195 Sacramento, Calif.
Khem Birch, UNLV Jr. F 6-9 220 Montreal, Quebec
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming Jr. F 6-8 225 Akron, Ohio
Honorable Mention All-Mountain West
Derrick Marks, Jr., G, Boise State
Marvelle Harris, So., G, Fresno State
Cole Huff, So., F, Nevada
Hugh Greenwood, Jr., G, New Mexico
JJ O'Brien, Jr., F, San Diego State
Winston Shepard, So., F, San Diego State
Roscoe Smith, Jr., F, UNLV
Spencer Butterfield, Sr., G/F, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, Sr., C, Utah State
Player of the Year:
Xavier Thames, Sr., G, San Diego State
Defensive Player of the Year:
Khem Birch, Jr., F, UNLV
Newcomer of the Year:
Josh Davis, Sr., F, San Diego State
Freshman of the Year:
Paul Watson, Fr., G/F, Fresno State
Sixth Man of the Year:
Dwayne Polee II, Jr., F, San Diego State
Coach of the Year:
Steve Fisher, San Diego State
*Indicates number of previous All-Conference selections

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