We are back with another reveal for our Tip-Off Week. Today, it is the MWCConnection All-MWC Preseason Basketball Team.
Our staff was tasked with filling out an all-conference team with three guards and two forwards. The players who appeared the most in their position groups got the nod to this team. Here is our All-MWC Preseason Basketball Team:
Guard: Isaiah Stevens
In his sophomore season, Stevens helped lead the Rams during a breakout season where he averaged 15.3 points per game in all 28 games started. Stevens is the catalyst for a Rams team that was picked as the conference’s preseason favorite to win the Mountain West. As a dynamic shooter, great ball-handler, and a player who never leaves the floor, Stevens will be giving everyone in the conference problems again this year.
Guard: Grant Sherfield
Sherfield was also named the conference’s preseason player of the year, along with being named to their official first-team all-conference team. In 2020-2021, Sherfield led the Wolf Pack with 18.6 points per game and with 6 assists. The Wichita State transfer was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year last year along with being named to the All-MW first team last year. Sherfield will be the driving force behind a Wolf Pack team that is due for a breakout performance this year.
Guard: Bryce Hamilton
Hamilton will be one of the few constants on a Runnin’ Rebel team that has a lot of new faces. Hamilton entered the NBA draft process and transfer portal this offseason before officially returning to the Runnin’ Rebels. During his sophomore season, Hamilton averaged 16 points per game and as a senior in the COVID shortened season he averaged 17.9 points per game. Hamilton has proved himself as a dynamic scorer the past two seasons, everyone will be watching as he and the rest of the Runnin’ Rebels adapt to the roster turnover and new head coach Kevin Kruger.
Forward: David Roddy
Roddy was Colorado State’s leading scorer last season with 15.9 points per game and snagged 9.4 rebounds per game. At 6-foot-6, Roddy is an all-around solid stretch forward that can knock down an outside shot and be an effective passer. Being such a dynamic player with a wide range of skill sets makes Roddy one of the best players in the conference. The duo of Stevens and Roddy is one of the best of the country, and having both playing at all-conference levels makes the Rams a tough out against any opponent.
Forward: Orlando Robinson
As a sophomore, Robinson averaged 14.6 points per game and snagged 9.2 rebounds per game. Robinson established himself as a solid scorer, but also as one of the best rim defenders in the conference. Offensively, he is a solid shooter, both from the floor and behind the 3-point line. Teams will have their hands full going against a more experienced Bulldog team, led by Robinson.
- Sherfield, Halitnon, Roddy, and Robinson were all unanimous selections, appearing on every voter’s poll.
- Matt Bradley and Marcus Shave were the only two other players outside of the aforementioned five that received any votes.
- Team Breakdown: Colorado State (2, Stevens and Roddy), UNLV (1, Hamilton), Nevada (1, Sherfield), and Fresno State (1, Robinson)
Disclaimer: There are a lot of great players in the conference and only so many spots. Arguments can be made for many guys to be mentioned or on one of these spots. There will always be snubs. Always. The goal is that every player on this list is deserving, even if not every deserving player ended up making the list.
Let us know your thoughts on our team in the comments section or on social media. Were there any players who you felt got snubbed? Are there any players who could be an all-conference players by year’s end?