The 2023-24 Mountain West men’s basketball season is upon us! It’s almost here—12 days away, to be exact, but who’s counting, right? You know what that means: It’s time to hand out some preseason accolades!
We are going to do our official preseason awards later this week, but today, we will be examining which players made our MWCConnection All-Conference teams! (Note: we had seven voters for this section)
Enough chitter chatter—let’s hop into it!
Guard: Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State
Guard: Jaelen House, New Mexico
Guard: Jamal Mashburn Jr., New Mexico
Forward: Tyson Degenhart, Boise State
Forward: Jaedon LeDee, San Diego State
Players who also received votes: Nelly Junior Joseph, Forward (2), Lamont Butler, Guard (2)
Not too many surprises here, with the exception that multiple players were vying for the final forward and guard spots with LeDee and Mashburn earning those final two spots, respectively. Degenhart and House were the only unanimous first-team selections among our seven voters, with Stevens and Mashburn Jr. receiving one second-team vote apiece.
Guard: Lamont Butler, San Diego State
Guard: Jarod Lucas, Nevada
Guard: Max Rice, Boise State
Guard: Reese Waters, San Diego State
Forward: Nelly Junior Joseph, New Mexico
Forward: Rytis Petraitis, Air Force
Players who also received votes: Darrion Trammell, Guard (2), Kalib Boone, Forward (1)
There are six players listed because there was a tie between guards Max Rice and Reece Waters, competing for that fourth guard spot. Why not include both? Anyway, both Joseph and Butler obviously received second-team honors after being considered for the first team.
There were no players from Wyoming, Fresno State, San Jose State or Utah State to make any of our panelists list. More bulletin board material for those respective players/programs, I guess!
Who do you think will make All-Mountain West first team and second team? Let us know in the comments!