Men's Basketball Picked Second in MW Poll
Oct. 14, 2014 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Boise State men’s basketball was picked to finish second in the Mountain West in a preseason poll of media members from the league’s 11 markets, the conference announced Tuesday. Senior Anthony Drmic was tabbed a preseason first-team All-Mountain West selection.
“We’re striving for excellence, not rankings,” said head coach Leon Rice. “I don’t want to get caught up in predictions. We’re in the gym working hard to get where we want to be and that is what’s important.”
Reigning regular-season champion San Diego State was selected as the prohibitive favorite, garnering 34 of the 35 first-place votes and tallying 383 points. The Broncos picked up the other first-place vote and totaled 275 points to lead a tightly-bunched group of schools between second and sixth place in the poll.
New Mexico (270 points) checked in at third, followed immediately by UNLV (269). Colorado State (258) and Wyoming (256) were projected fifth and sixth, respectively. The rest of the poll is rounded out by Fresno State (seventh; 232), Nevada (eighth; 126), Air Force (ninth; 102), Utah State (10th; 98) and San José State (11th; 41).
Boise State tied for second in the preseason poll last season. The Broncos went on to finish tied for fifth. They bring back three starters among eight returning letterwinners.
Among the returning starters is Drmic, who was named to the preseason first team for the second-consecutive year. He has been named All-MW Second Team following each of the last two seasons.
“It’s an honor and is always nice to be recognized,” said Drmic. “But the only team I want to be a part of is the one with all of my teammates in this locker room ultimately celebrating a successful season. That’s what preseason is really all about; laying the foundation for what it takes to be a good team. I think we’re doing a great job of that so far. We’re working hard and really coming together as a team and it’s going to show. If individuals are recognized because of the team success then that’s great, but we will all get to share in it because we are all in this together.”
“Anthony has been a great player for us, obviously,” said Rice. “But I think the next step for both him and Derrick (Marks) is to make us a great team. They’ve shown flashes of that, but that will be their legacy: if they made us a great team.”
Drmic is joined on the preseason all-conference team by Colorado State’s Daniel Bejarano, Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. and San Diego State teammates Dwayne Polee II and Winston Shepard. Nance was chosen as the preseason MW Player of the Year. San Diego State junior Angelo Chol, a transfer from Arizona, was selected as the preseason MW Newcomer of the Year. UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn earned preseason MW Freshman of the Year honors.
Rk. Team (First-Place Votes) Pts.
1. San Diego State (34) 383
2. Boise State (1) 275
3. New Mexico 270
4. UNLV 269
5. Colorado State 258
6. Wyoming 256
7. Fresno State 232
8. Nevada 126
9. Air Force 102
10. Utah State 98
11. San José State 41
Preseason All-Mountain West
Anthony Drmic, Sr., G/F, Boise State
Daniel Bejarano, Sr., G, Colorado State
Winston Shepard, Jr., F, San Diego State
Dwayne Polee II, Sr., F, San Diego State
Larry Nance Jr., Sr., F, Wyoming
Preseason Player of the Year
Larry Nance Jr., Sr., F, Wyoming
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Angelo Chol, Jr., F, San Diego State
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Rashad Vaughn, Fr., G, UNLV
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