New Mexico State Men's Basketball Picked To Win WAC By Coaches, 2nd By Media

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – The Western Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball preseason poll and all-WAC teams, as voted on by the ten head coaches in the league. New Mexico State was selected to win the WAC, while Utah State junior Preston Medlin was tabbed the league’s preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received five first place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first place and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and tenth, respectively.

Medlin, the coaches’ pick for preseason Player of the Year, was named to the first team All-WAC team last season after he led the Aggies in scoring at 17.0 points per game.

The coaches also voted on preseason first and second all-WAC teams. Medlin led the list of first-teamers. Denver junior forward Chris Udofia and Idaho center Kyle Barone also earned spots on the preseason first team. Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby and New Mexico State sophomore guard Daniel Mullings round out the first team selections.

Second-team selections include Kevin Butler (UT Arlington), Jeromie Hill (UTSA), James Kinney (San Jose State), Kyisean Reed (Utah State) and Tyrone Watson (New Mexico State).

The 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball media poll has tabbed Utah State as this year’s favorite. Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin has been named the preseason Player of the Year. Utah State junior forward/center Jarred Shaw was tabbed this year’s preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first place votes. Denver garnered 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle U (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in tenth.

Medlin receives the preseason media Player of the Year honors after finishing the 2011-12 season averaging 17.0 points, 3.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He earned first team all-WAC honors last season.

Shaw, this season’s media Newcomer of the Year, is a transfer from Oklahoma State. Shaw played in 26 games as a sophomore at OSU, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.

The All-WAC team included Medlin, Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby, Idaho senior center Kyle Barone, New Mexico State sophomore guard Daniel Mullings and Denver junior forward Chris Udofia.

Medlin, the coaches’ pick for preseason Player of the Year, was named to the first team All-WAC team last season after he led the Aggies in scoring at 17.0 points per game.

The coaches also voted on preseason first and second all-WAC teams. Medlin led the list of first-teamers. Denver junior forward Chris Udofia and Idaho center Kyle Barone also earned spots on the preseason first team. Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby and New Mexico State sophomore guard Daniel Mullings round out the first team selections.
 
Second-team selections include Kevin Butler (UT Arlington), Jeromie Hill (UTSA), James Kinney (San Jose State), Kyisean Reed (Utah State) and Tyrone Watson (New Mexico State).

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll




Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 New Mexico State (5)
77
2 Utah State (5) 76
3 Denver 65
4 Louisiana Tech 54
5 UT Arlington 48
6 Idaho 45
7 UTSA 31
8 Seattle U 22
9 San Jose State 18
10 Texas State 14

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State   
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Second Team
Kevin Butler, Sr., F, UT Arlington
Jeromie Hill, Jr., F, UTSA
James Kinney, Sr., G, San Jose State
Kyisean Reed, Sr., F, Utah State
Tyrone Watson, Sr., F, New Mexico State

Preseason Player of the Year: Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Media Poll




Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (15)  232
2 New Mexico State (8) 223
3 Denver (1) 181
4 Louisiana Tech 162
5 Idaho 144
6 UT Arlington (1) 137
7 UTSA 104
8 Seattle U 77
9 San Jose State 61
10 Texas State 54

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Media All-WAC Team
First Team
Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Preseason Player of the Year: Preston Medlin, Utah State