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2013-14 Mountain West preseason awards: New Mexico tabbed as best team, Kendall Williams best player

Basketball season is fast approaching with the media polls and preseason all-conference teams announced on Tuesday.

Ethan Miller

The Mountain West conference is holding its annual media days for basketball, and with that comes the anticipated media poll and all-conference teams. While the 2013-14 Mountain West probably will not be as strong as last season's, but the league has some solid teams.

The New Mexico Lobos ran away as the team of the year with 23 of 24 first-place votes, and the other first-place vote went to Boise State who should be a strong contender to win the league. Boise State tied with UNLV as the leagues second-best team, and very closely followed by San Diego State. Also, people would be fools to discount a Utah State team that was won 20-plus wins in 14 straight seasons under head coach Stew Morrill.

The league will still be top-heavy and there should be a case for at least three, but likely four NCAA tournament teams. Now at the other there is San Jose State who somehow managed to not receive all last place votes, and then there is Air Force who lost all five starters from last years team.

Rk. Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. New Mexico (23) 263
2. UNLV (1) 214
Boise State 214
4. San Diego State 212
5. Utah State 156
6. Colorado State 142
7. Wyoming 112
8. Fresno State 96
9. Nevada 84
10. Air Force 61
11. San José State 30

The all-conference list belongs to Boise State and New Mexico, each of whom have two players, and then Nevada and UNLV round out the rest of the six-man first team. New Mexico's Kendall Williams has been named the league's preseason player of the year, and deservedly so.

Name Year Position Institution
Anthony Drmic Jr. G/F Boise State
Derrick Marks Jr. G Boise State
Deonte Burton Sr. G Nevada
Alex Kirk Jr. C New Mexico
Kendall Williams Sr. G New Mexico
Khem Birch Jr. F UNLV

Preseason Player of the Year: Kendall Williams, Sr., G, New Mexico

Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Josh Davis, Sr., F, San Diego State

Preseason Freshman of the Year: Kendall Smith, G, UNLV