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Mountain West Basketball Countdown: #4 - Gian Clavell

The Colorado State guard is fourth on our list.

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado State’s Gian Clavell is listed #4 in our 2016 MW countdown.

Clavell, who is coming off season-ending hand and shoulder injuries, was granted an additional year of eligibility and is primed for a huge season.

In 10 games last year, Clavell averaged 20.8, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also recorded an astounding 36.9 minutes a night. Clavell is a fantastic scorer, knocking down 42.2% of his three-point attempts last year.

Although a small sample size from last season, many pundits know what Clavell is capable of accomplishing. When healthy, he is a dynamic scorer and floor leader, who will play a big part in whether or not CSU can make a push for a tournament run with Emmanuel Omogbo entering his senior season.

Clavell has been named the “heartbeat” of the Rams, and he brings not only scoring and stat-measured results, but also vocal leadership. He used his time last season on the sidelines to understand the game to a greater degree, while motivating his teammates.

Clavell is likely the most important player to his respective team in the Mountain West this season.

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