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March 4, 2007

WAC Men's postseason awards





DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference men's basketball postseason award winners as selected by the league's nine head coaches were announced today.

The first team is led by Nevada senior forward Nick Fazekas who was also voted the WAC's Player of the Year for the third straight season. In conference games only, Fazekas led the WAC in scoring (21.1 points per game), rebounding (10.5 rebounds per game) and shooting percentage (.571).

It is the fourth year in a row that Nevada has had the Player of the Year as Kirk Snyder won the award in 2003-04. Boise State's Coby Karl, Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, New Mexico State's Justin Hawkins and Utah State's Jaycee Carroll were also first team selections.

Fazekas was the only repeat first-team selection from last year while Karl and Carroll were second team selections in 2005-06. Fazekas is just the second player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times in his career joining Utah's Keith Van Horn (1995-97).

The All-WAC second-teamers this year were Quinton Hosley, Fresno State; Dominic McGuire, Fresno State; Matt Lojeski, Hawai'i; Trey McDowell, Louisiana Tech; and Ramon Sessions, Nevada.

Boise State guard Anthony Thomas was named the WAC's 'Freshman of the Year'. In 16 conference games, Thomas averaged 5.0 points per contest, 1.7 rebounds per game and had 24 assists and 19 steals.

Nevada head coach Mark Fox was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year for the third straight season, to become the first coach in WAC history to earn the award three straight years. The third-year coach led the Wolf Pack to their fourth consecutive regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. Nevada is 27-3 overall, its fourth straight year with at least 25 wins.

The 2007 WAC Basketball Tournament is this week at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. The men's teams will compete March 6, 8-10, with the women's competition March 6-7 and 9-10. ESPN Full Court will carry the men's quarterfinal and semifinal games while ESPN2 will show the men's championship game on Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. (MT). All of the games will also be on WAC tv except for the men's title game.



2006-07 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners


All-Conference

First Team
Coby Karl, Boise State, G, 6-4, 204, Sr., Mequon, Wisc. (Homestead HS)
Nick Fazekas, Nevada, F, 6-11, 240, Sr., Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley HS)
Marcelus Kemp, Nevada, G, 6-5, 210, Jr., Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
Justin Hawkins, New Mexico State, F, 6-7, 205, Jr., Anaheim, Calif. (Utah)
Jaycee Carroll, Utah State, G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Evanston, Wyo. (Evanston HS)

Second Team
Quinton Hosley, Fresno State, F, 6-6, 210, Sr., Harlem, N.Y. (Lamar CC)
Dominic McGuire, Fresno State, G/F, 6-8, 210, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (California)
Matt Lojeski, Hawai'i, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Racine, Wis. (Eastern Wyoming College)
Trey McDowell, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-3, 180, Sr., Beaumont, Texas (San Jacinto JC)
Ramon Sessions, Nevada, G, 6-3, 190, Jr., Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach HS)

Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas, Nevada

Freshman of the Year: Anthony Thomas, Boise State, G, 6-0, 202, Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield Summitt HS)

Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Mark Fox, Nevada

All-Newcomer Team
Reggie Larry, Boise State, F, 6-6, 225, Jr., Newark, N.J. (College of Southern Idaho)
Matt Nelson, Boise State, F, 6-9, 232, Jr., Issaquah, Wash. (Eastern Washington)
Dominic McGuire, Fresno State, G/F, 6-8, 210, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (California)
Justin Hawkins, New Mexico State, F, 6-7, 205, Jr., Anaheim, Calif. (Utah)
Fred Peete, New Mexico State, G, 6-4, 200, Jr., Memphis, Tenn. (Kansas State)

All-Defensive Team
Eric Lane, Boise State, G, 6-1, 194, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS)
Dominic McGuire, Fresno State, G/F, 6-8, 210, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (California)
Ahmet Gueye, Hawai'i, C, 6-8, 225, Sr., Dakar, Senegal (Salt Lake CC)
Kyle Shiloh, Nevada, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Garces Memorial HS)
Fred Peete, New Mexico State, G, 6-4, 200, Jr., Memphis, Tenn. (Kansas State)

-WAC-


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