2013-14 WAC Awards: New Mexico State, Utah Valley Clean Up Season Awards

All-WAC First Team (Player of the Year in bold)

Issiah Grayson, Cal State Bakersfield—16.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, 47.7 3P%

Isiah Umipig, Seattle—19.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, 37.3 3P%

Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State—16.9 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg

Stephen Madison, Idaho—19.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg

Killian Larson, Grand Canyon—17.1 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 53.5 FG%

 

Daniel Mullings is the clear choice for WAC Player of the Year. The New Mexico State guard led the Aggies to a spot as one of the nation’s top mid-major teams. With his guard play, the Aggies have a strong chance of winning the WAC Tournament and advancing to another NCAA Tournament. For a guard, Mullings shoots a very high percentage from the field at 46.2%.

 

All-WAC Second Team

Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley—13.6 ppg, 4.0 apg

Martez Harrison, UMKC—17.1 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg

Jerome Garrison, Grand Canyon—16.6 ppg, 2.2 apg, 39.8 3P%

Tshilidzi Nephawe, New Mexico State—11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 55.1 FG%

Ben Aird, Utah Valley—11.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg

 

All-WAC Third Team

Shaquille Boga, Texas-Pan American—13.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.0 spg

Javorn Farrell, Texas-Pan American—16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.3 apg

Quinton Pippen, Chicago State—15.4 ppg, 1.8 spg, 37.6 3P%

Zach Nelson, Utah Valley—10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg

Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State—9.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.3 bpg, 65.2 FG%

 

All-WAC Defensive Team (Defensive Player of the Year in bold)

Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State—1.9 spg, 0.5 bpg

Erik Kinney, UMKC—0.6 spg, 0.6 bpg

Matt Ross, Chicago State—1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg

Tshilidzi Nephawe, New Mexico State—1.6 bpg

Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State—3.5 bpg

 

Sim Bhullar has an unfair advantage with his 7’5″ size, but he knows how to use it well. The redshirt sophomore center averaged 3.5 blocks this season, smothering opponents in the paint.

 

All-WAC Freshman Team (Freshman of the Year in bold)

Martez Harrison, UMKC—17.1 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg

Sam Daly, Grand Canyon—7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg

Sekou Wiggs, Idaho—9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg

William Powell, Seattle—2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Zach Nelson, Utah Valley—10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg

 

Martez Harrison led UMKC to a fifth place finish after the Kangaroos were picked to finish dead last in the WAC preseason poll. The freshman guard finished third in the conference in scoring and assists, and fourth in steals.

 

WAC Sixth Man of the Year

Sekou Wiggs, Idaho—9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg

 

Sekou Wiggs was one of the conference’s three most outstanding freshmen this season, and he was the only of the trio to do his work off the bench. In 23.1 minutes per game, Wiggs was Idaho’s third-leading scorer and rebounder, playing a major part in the Vandals’ respectable fifth-place finish.

 

Photo: AP | Don Ryan
Photo: AP | Don Ryan
WAC Coach of the Year

Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley

 

Utah Valley was supposed to be competitive this season, but a conference title still seemed far-fetched for the Wolverines. However, Dick Hunsaker beat the odds, coaching his team to a 13-3 record, an outright WAC title, and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. The Wolverines will at least be playing in the NIT if not the NCAA Tournament, and any postseason play seemed unlikely back in October.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

One Reply to “2013-14 WAC Awards: New Mexico State, Utah Valley Clean Up Season Awards”

  1. Isaiah Grayson from CSUB who finish the season with 33 points, all season long this kid has carried his team on his back he would be a great athlete to have on any NBA roster. Very competitive and he kind of remind us of Allen Iverson. We look for much brighter future ahead for this kid.

    A true Fan!

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