Mountain West All-Conference Men's Basketball Awards

Jed Jacobsohn

Lobos, Rebels well-represented in awarding outstanding achievements during 2012-13 conference play.

Just before nine undoubtedly solid and increasingly unpredictable Mountain West men's basketball teams try their luck at conference glory this week at the Thomas & Mack, the league takes a moment to breathe, recap a satisfying regular season and award a deep field of superlative players.

G Kendall Williams of the New Mexico Lobos won coveted Player of the Year honors on the heels of outstanding offensive play, including a memorable 46-point explosion at Moby Arena against Colorado St.

New Mexico head coach Steve Alford was awarded Coach of the Year after leading the nationally ranked Lobos to their fourth regular season title in five years.

UNLV Runnin' Rebels F Khem Birch won Defensive Player of the Year after recording a league-high 48 blocks, while teammate G Anthony Bennett received Freshman of the Year recognition after a most impressive inaugural campaign averaging 12.1 points a game, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

Colorado St. F/C Colton Iverson was named Newcomer of the Year, leading the Mountain West in rebounds with 10.4 a contest and field goal percentage with a blistering 60.6%. Teammate G Daniel Bejarano won Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 5.6 points and 4.9 rebounds off the Rams' bench.

The 2012-13 All-Mountain West Men's Basketball Teams (selected by media and head coaches):

First-Team All-Mountain West
Name, Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. City, State
Michael Lyons, Air Force Sr. G 6-5 193 Newport News, Va.
Colton Iverson, Colorado State Sr. F/C 6-10 261 Yankton, S.D.
Kendall Williams, New Mexico Jr. G 6-4 185 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Jr. G 6-5 195 Hawthorne, Calif.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV Fr. F 6-8 240 Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Second-Team All-Mountain West
Anthony Drmic, Boise State So. G 6-6 196 Endeavor Hills, Victoria, Australia
Derrick Marks, Boise State So. G 6-3 206 Chicago, Ill.
Dorian Green, Colorado State Sr. G 6-2 192 Lawrence, Kan.
Alex Kirk, New Mexico So. C 7-0 250 Los Alamos, N.M.
Anthony Marshall, UNLV Sr. G 6-3 200 Las Vegas, Nev.
Third-Team All-Mountain West
Pierce Hornung, Colorado State Sr. F 6-5 210 Arvada, Colo.
Deonte Burton, Nevada Jr. G 6-3 190 Los Angeles, Calif.
Tony Snell, New Mexico Jr. G 6-7 200 Riverside, Calif.
Chase Tapley, San Diego State Sr. G 6-3 195 Sacramento, Calif.
Leonard Washington, Wyoming Sr. F 6-7 230 Lake Charles, La.
All-Defensive Team
Pierce Hornung, Colorado State Sr. F 6-5 210 Arvada, Colo.
Alex Kirk, New Mexico So. C 7-0 250 Los Alamos, N.M.
Khem Birch, UNLV So. F 6-9 220 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Anthony Marshall, UNLV Sr. G 6-3 200 Las Vegas, Nev.
Leonard Washington, Wyoming Sr. F 6-7 230 Lake Charles, La.
Honorable Mention All-Mountain West
Wes Eikmeier, Sr., G, Colorado State
Tyler Johnson, Jr., G, Fresno State
Malik Story, Sr., G, Nevada
Hugh Greenwood, So., G, New Mexico
Cameron Bairstow, Jr., F, New Mexico
Khem Birch, So., F, UNLV
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