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Four Nevada players receive Mountain West honors from coaches vote

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at St. Mary’s
Jalen Harris earned All-MWC first team honors and Newcomer of the Year from the coaches vote Tuesday.
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Four members of the Nevada men’s basketball team received Mountain West honors from the coaches vote released Tuesday.

Jalen Harris earned All-Mountain West first team honors and Mountain West Newcomer of the Year. Jazz Johnson was named on the All-Mountain West second team. Nisré Zouzoua was named as the Sixth Man of the Year, the same honor he received from the Mountain West media Monday. Lindsey Drew was named to the All-Mountain West defensive team and was an honorable mention selection.

Harris led the conference in scoring at 25.3 points per game in 18 conference games. His 456 total points in conference play is the second-most by any player in Mountain West history. In MW play, Harris finished 15th in rebounding (5.9 rpg), seventh in assists (3.8 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (.492), third in 3-point percentage (.414), second in 3-pointers made per game (2.9), 10th in steals (1.3 spg) and eighth in assists/turnover ratio (1.39).

The 6-foot-5 guard tallied double-digit scoring in all 18 conference games. He totaled 15 20-point games and six 30-point games, including a career-high 38-point performance versus Air Force which was the highest a Mountain West player scored all season.

Harris is the third Pack player to earn Newcomer of the Year honors. Marcus Marshall won the award in 2016-17 and Caleb Martin in 2017-18.

In his first season with Nevada as a full-time starter, Johnson averaged 15 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 16 Mountain West games. The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter — who missed two games due to right shoulder soreness — finished ninth in scoring, fifth in 3-pointers (47), fourth in 3-pointers made per game (2.9) and fourth in 3-point percentage (.398) in conference play. Johnson was selected as All-Mountain West third team honoree by conference media members Monday.

Lindsey Drew, who was also selected to the All-Mountain West Honorable Mention team by conference media Monday, averaged 10 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in 18 conference games. The senior guard was the only guard in the conference to average at least 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals in MW play.

It is the second time that Drew has been selected to the All-Mountain West defensive team by the coaches, also being named in 2017-18 in his sophomore season.

Zouzoua is the second consecutive Wolf Pack member to receive the Sixth Man of the Year award — an honor given to Johnson last year. Zouzoua averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, canning 43.4 percent of his shots and 40.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in MW Play. He scored in double figures in 10 conference games.

Here are the Mountain West awards selected by the coaches.

All Mountain West Team Awards:

All-MWC First Team

Malachi Flynn, Jr., G, San Diego State

Jalen Harris, Jr., G, Nevada

Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State

Matt Mitchell, Jr., F, San Diego State

Bryce Hamilton, So., F, UNLV

All-MWC Second Team

Yanni Wetzell, Sr., F, San Diego State

Neemias Queta, So., C, Utah State

Nico Carvacho, Sr., C, Colorado State

Justinian Jessup, Sr., G, Boise State

Derrick Alston, Jr., F, Boise State

Jazz Johnson, Sr., G, Nevada

All-MWC Third Team

Justin Bean, So., F, Utah State

Lavell Scottie, Sr., F, Air Force

Seneca Knight, So., G, San José State

Isaiah Stevens, Fr., G, Colorado State

Amauri Hardy, Jr., G, UNLV

All-MWC Honorable Mention

KJ Feagin, Sr., G, San Diego State

Hunter Maldonado, So., G, Wyoming

Lindsey Drew, Sr., G, Nevada

Nate Grimes, Sr., F, Fresno State

Orlando Robinson, Fr., F, Fresno State

All-MWC Defensive Team

Malachi Flynn, Jr., G, San Diego State

KJ Feagin, Sr., G, San Diego State

Neemias Queta, So., C, Utah State

Lindsey Drew, Sr., G, Nevada

Justin Bean, So., F, Utah State

Individual Awards:

Player of the Year: Malachi Flynn, Jr., G, San Diego State

Defensive Player of the Year: Malachi Flynn, Jr., G, San Diego State

Freshman of the Year: Isaiah Stevens, Fr., G, Colorado State

Newcomer of the Year: Jalen Harris, Nevada

Sixth Man of the Year: Nisré Zouzoua, Nevada

Coach of the Year: Brian Dutcher, San Diego State