Boise, Idaho The juniors seemed to dominate the team’s postseason honors as four juniors were presented accolades at the annual men’s basketball banquet held on March 31.
Mark Sanchez earned team MVP and the Hard Hat Award, for the team’s top rebounder, after finishing the season averaging 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Tucson, Ariz., native finished third in the conference in defensive rebounds (5.13 rpg), 10th in field goal percentage (.518) and 12th in scoring (13.0 ppg). He earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors and was just the third player in Boise State history to earn WAC Player of the Week honors multiple times in the same season.
Capturing the award on the defensive side of the ball was junior Anthony Thomas, who was honored as the team’s best defender. Thomas was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team after finishing the season third in the conference in assits (4.72 apg) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.47). In addition, the junior set a single-season assist record after dishing out 151 assists this season.
Off the court, it was junior transfer Ike Okoye who led the Broncos in the classroom. The Sacramento, Calif. Native claimed the academic award going to the player with the top GPA on the team.
Junior walk-on Justin Salzwedel was named the winner of the Jeff Foster Memorial Award, honoring the most inspirational player.
Junior Kurt Cunningham and sophomore Zack Moritz split the honor for the Most Improved Player. Cunningham averaged 10.2 points, the second highest scoring average on the team, after averaging 2.6 points per game. Cunningham’s 67.3 percent during the season is the third best single-season field-goal percentage in school history. Not to be overshadowed was Moritz, who doubled his scoring average from last season.