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NCAA Basketball: Air Force at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Tuesday everyone, big couple weeks coming up to determine MW tournament seeding. This week is all basketball, we have some cool articles on MW players, a new AP poll and a new player of the week. Take a look!

Nevada legend Nick Fazekas getting jersey retired

Nick Fazekas is getting his jersey retired etching his name as a Wolf Pack legend. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday in a huge game against in state rival UNLV. Fazekas played four years for the Wolf Pack from 2003-2007 leading the team in scoring in all but his freshman season. Fazekas ended with 3 WAC player of the year awards and and finished as a Consensus second-team All-American. He is the winningest player in Wolf Pack history and an already fun rivalry game will be made even better with the retiring of his jersey on Wednesday.

Alex Hobbs evolving into a leader for Boise State

Gabe Serrano writes an interesting piece on the emergence of Alex Hobbs and his journey to Boise State. The Boise State standout comes from Texas where he even admits basketball wasn’t his best sport, Hobbs says he was probably better at baseball as a kid but says he loved basketball more. Hobbs was a stud in HS starting all four years and earning all district selections three times. Hobbs explains how his college recruitment really took off when he started playing AAU at first only receiving offers from smaller schools. When Leon Rice found Hobbs he offered the ability to play right away and Hobbs was on board. Now Hobbs has become one of the Broncos most important players and will look to be the teams leader going forward as he finishes his Junior year and moves on into his senior campaign.

Caleb Morris coming alive late in the season

Air Force’s Caleb Morris is doing what he can to help give the Falcons a late season push. After averaging only 4 points in a 5 game stretch Morris has come to life scoring 17 in a huge win over Fresno State followed by shooting 5 of 9 from three against SJSU. As the season winds down Air Force finds themselves in 6th place with hopes of making some noise in the MW tournament. If Air Force is able to do some damage Morris is going to be a key factor. How important is Morris? The Falcons are 6-1 when he makes at least 2 three pointers and are 0-3 when he doesn’t play. With Morris playing well it opens up opportunities for other players. It will be exciting to see how the season finishes up for Air Force but one thing is for sure Morris is going to be a big part of it.

Week 17 AP poll

Big jump this week for Nevada, the loss to San Diego State has the Wolf Pack at #12 now. Duke, playing most of its games without Zion Williamson this past week, fell to UNC and has lost its spot as the top ranked team. Gonzaga is your new number one and as usual there are no other teams in the MWC besides Nevada receiving any votes.

Devin Watson wins player of the week

On the horizon:

  • Later Today: 2019 Recruiting Breakdown: San Jose State
  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Mountain West Secondaries
  • Coming Wednesday: 2019 Recruiting Breakdown: Hawaii
  • Coming Wednesday: Mountain West Connection Bracketology: Week Eight
  • Coming Thursday: 2019 Recruiting Breakdown: Air Force
  • Coming Thursday: Boise State Spring Preview: Secondary