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Mountain West Basketball Countdown: #6 - Jalen Moore

Coming in at #6 is Utah State forward Jalen Moore.

NCAA Basketball: Utah State at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The sixth overall player in the 2016 MW countdown is Utah State forward Jalen Moore.

Moore, a senior from North Logan, Utah, has been one of the better players in the conference the past two seasons, and expects to fight for MW POY this year.

Moore averaged 15.2 points a night in consecutive seasons, and also recorded over six rebounds per game in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was named to the preseason All-Mountain West first team in October.

The 6-8, 215-pounder is exceptional on offense but not so much on the defensive end. His strongest defensive season by box plus/minus measures was +0.7 in his sophomore season. If he can play a larger part in improving an Aggie defense that ranked 233rd in the country last season in efficiency, you’re looking at a potential MW player of the year.

With a formidable backcourt that includes Shane Rector, Julion Pearre and talented freshman Koby McEwen, there’s no reason to believe why Moore and Utah State can’t compete for a top 3 finish in the conference.

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