Mountain West media pick UNLV’s Brandon McCoy for top freshman

UNLV forward Brandon McCoy was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year by the league media on Sunday.

McCoy also represented the Rebels on the second team with junior forward Shakur Juiston. UNLV senior guard Jordan Johnson was an honorable mention selection.

The media voted for performances based on conference play, and the 7-foot McCoy averaged 15.4 points and 9.6 rebounds in league games. Juiston averaged 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds, and Johnson had 14.8 points and 5.4 assists per game.

SHORT DESCRIPTION (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The other major award winners were Boise State senior guard Chandler Hutchison for player of the year, UNR’s Eric Musselman for top coach, Wyoming senior guard Louis Adams for top sixth man, UNR junior forward Caleb Martin for best newcomer and Wyoming senior forward Alan Herndon for best defensive player.

Hutchison averaged 21.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists against conference opponents.

Musselman led No. 21 UNR (26-6, 15-3 MW) to the league regular-season championship, and the top-seeded Wolf Pack will play at noon Thursday in the Mountain West tournament against either No. 8 UNLV (19-12, 8-10) or No. 9 Air Force (12-18, 6-12). The Rebels meet the Falcons at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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