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    SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After ranking third nationally in scoring as a junior, BYU's Tyler Haws captured West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors. Senior Pepperdine forward Brendan Lane earned conference Defender of the Year accolades, while freshman Jared Brownridge collected the Crons Newcomer of the Year award. San Francisco's Rex Walters was selected as Coach of the Year. All four individual awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Team and the All-Freshman Team - were voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.

    Tyler Haws is the first BYU student-athlete selected as WCC Player of the Year in its three seasons in the conference and the first for the Cougars since 2011 National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette captured Mountain West Conference accolades in 2010-11. Haws averaged 23.5 points per game, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field during league play. Haws turned in the highest scoring game since 1990 when he scored 48 in a triple overtime game at Portland and scored at least 20 points 18 times and enters the 2014 WCC Championship with 1,855 career points in 100 career games, good for 15th place on the league's career scoring chart.

    Brendan Lane is the third Pepperdine student-athlete to capture Defensive Player of the Year and the first since Cedric Suitt won it in 2001-02. A member of the 2013-14 WCC All-Academic Team, the senior forward led the league in blocked shots (2.5). In addition, Lane averaged 12.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with 6.6 rebounds during league play as the Waves posted an upper echelon finish after being picked last in the preseason poll.

    Jared Brownridge is the eighth Bronco student-athlete named Crons Newcomer of the year and the first since Kevin Foster - the second leading scorer in WCC history - was tabbed for the award in 2008-09. Brownridge turned in a prolific offensive season for Santa Clara and ranked second in scoring at 18.4 points per game during league contests. Brownridge posted back-to-back 30-point nights during league play and capped a remarkable regular season with a career-high 38 points at Pepperdine on Saturday.

    Rex Walters is the 11th San Francisco mentor to collect Coach of the Year honors and the first since Pete Barry picked up the hardware in 1980-81. Despite losing a returning preseason All-WCC selection four games into the season, Walters guided San Francisco to just the second 20-win campaign since 1981-82- both coming under Walters's guidance. The Dons finished tied for second in the WCC standings at 13-5, the highest league win tally since 1976-77.

    Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, eight appeared on the 2013-14 preseason All-WCC squad. Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland and Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos both appear on the postseason first team for the third consecutive year.

    All 10 West Coast Conference teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the conference championship and subsequent automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Action tips off at the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships Thursday, March 6 when No. 7 Portland takes on No. 10 Loyola Marymount at 6:00 p.m. in a contest broadcast live nationally on BYUtv from the Orleans Arena.

    Player of the Year
    Tyler Haws, Jr. G, BYU

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Brendan Lane, Sr., F, Pepperdine

    Crons Newcomer of the Year
    Jared Brownridge, Fr., G, Santa Clara

    Coach of the Year
    Rex Walters, San Francisco

    2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
    Player Yr. Pos. School
    Kyle Collinsworth So. G BYU
    Stacy Davis So. F Pepperdine
    Johnny Dee Jr. G San Diego
    Cole Dickerson Sr. F San Francisco
    Sam Dower Jr. Gr. F Gonzaga
    Tyler Haws Jr. G BYU
    Stephen Holt Sr. G Saint Mary's
    Anthony Ireland Sr. G Loyola Marymount
    Kevin Pangos Jr. G Gonzaga
    Brad Waldow Jr. C Saint Mary's

    2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
    Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara; Matt Carlino, BYU; Brandon Clark, Santa Clara; Tony Gill, Pacific; Avry Holmes, San Francisco; Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga; Brendan Lane, Pepperdine; Ryan Nicholas, Portland; Kruize Pinkins, San Francisco; Thomas van der Mars, Portland

    2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM

    Player Pos. School
    Jared Brownridge G Santa Clara
    Gabe Levin F Loyola Marymount
    Jeremy Major G Pepperdine
    Eric Mika C BYU
    Evan Payne G Loyola Marymount
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    A little motivation for Mr. Bell I would assume --
    “The true measure of a Jesuit education,” said former Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, “is not what our students do, but who they become.”

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    looking at the awards this year, from an outsiders point of view,

    the odds that GU would have won the Conference by 2 or 3 games outright would look like a long, long shot.

    How did you win the WCC one might ask?

    With a whole bunch of good, but no great, players?

    With average talent, but great team chemistry, and a team-first mentality?

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    only real surprise for me is that Karno didn't get defensive POY. Let's hope he's like Aaron Rodgers and takes any perceived slight as a massive chip on his shoulder and uses it for motivation.

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    Karnowski > Waldow. And it's not really close.
    What are you doing, Adam? Do you even know how many people go blind from pizza shrapnel?

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    Rex has 21 transfers, numerous assistant coach change outs, sponsors a bare knuckle brawl between team mates and is named coach of the year. Somewhere the ex Rutgers coach is cheering.

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    Default A great year!

    Last year we were 30 wins, but we lost Kelly, Elias, and Mike Hart. This year we are 25 and 6. That is a record to be really proud of!! This years team is talented, competitive, works hard, and is great and sharing the ball and having team work. Going into the WCC tournament, I would say that being 25 and 6 is a great record.

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    How does Few not win the award? Who else loses two starters to the NBA along with the best defender in the WCC and wins a stronger WCC by two games? Nooobody

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    Karno and Bell need to cash in their "chips" in Las Vegas.
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    Unless we go undefeated and have two all-americans it seems like this is guaranteed to happen every year. The WCC is insufferable (who counted the coaches votes? Did they miss one or two? Did the coaches snicker when they voted?) in trying to project "parity" in the face of the obvious. There WAS more parity this year, but it is still ridiculous to leave Bell off the list and not give the D award to Karno - who single handily gobbled up many teams. Oh, and Rex? Yeah, right. Some big turmoil going on beginning of the year and some brutal OOC losses, pray on the parity and get killed by GU (coach of the year?) - - honestly, I would rather give it to Pepp's coach, (if not Few) he's brought that program from the dead to be playing meaningful games next week? He also has all those "All" whatever players?
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    Walters basically sponsored the trouble. He likely will be gone.or he should be. Just impossible to understand...

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    I with you abe this list is a joke from POY to COY. The league must have used the same people who made up the schedule to select the All Conference Awards.

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    Anybody ever hear of a coach winning COY and being fired in same year?

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    Red face This Zag fan is smiling....

    Well, according to these awards, Gonzaga doesn't have the best overall player, best defensive player, best coach, or best newcomer. We don't have anybody on the all-freshman team and just 3/20 of the "first team" or "honorable mention." We also lost 2 NBA players and another guy (Hart) who was awarded last year if my memory serves me correct (and if not, he should have been defensive POY).

    And yet....we still won the conference by 2 games and didn't lose a single game at home.

    Clearly, the whole must be more than the sum of the parts; which is a testament to the TEAM -- including the coaching staff, players, support staff, and administration.

    Individual awards are nice, for sure. I feel for Sam not winning POY especially, but he has plenty to be proud of. Now lets go get 'em in Vegas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagsGoZags View Post
    looking at the awards this year, from an outsiders point of view, the odds that GU would have won the Conference by 2 or 3 games outright would look like a long, long shot.
    BYU looks the best: 2 All Conference, 1 Honorable Mention, plus POY and an All Conference Freshman.
    After that they seem pretty bunched up:
    GU: 2 All Conference, 1 Honorable Mention.
    SMC: 2 All Conference.
    USF: 1 All Conference, 2 Honorable Mention, plus coach of the year.

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    Did I miss something? Did BYU win the league championship? Or is the League just kissing some a$$?

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    I remember at least one other year when the Zags were shut out of all of the major conference awards. It certainly seems a bit deliberate for the conference on the whole to thumb their noises at GU...since they can't beat them on the court. Whatever. We all know who the best team is, that's what counts.

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    Byu could still get into the ncaas. I never saw karno as devensive poy but and the rest pretty well plays out predictably. The same people who made this list made the schedule we had to play this year. Rediculous is stanedardc fare in the wcc.

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    Yes Hondo. The WCC doesn't want BYU to bolt.

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    Cute.
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    BYU will bolt as soon as they possibly can. Our small gyms are ruining their game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTZag03 View Post
    only real surprise for me is that Karno didn't get defensive POY. Let's hope he's like Aaron Rodgers and takes any perceived slight as a massive chip on his shoulder and uses it for motivation.
    agree
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    Few could of been coach of year and karno defender of the year. Haws I agree.
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    That seems to be what it's all about in picking the all conf team. And players on lesser teams that accumulate better stats simply because they are the featured player(s) on their team and get the votes on numbers.

    Only about half the all-WCC team would crack the Zags' starting lineup imo. Only players on that list that would improve the Zags noticeably imo are Haws, Collinsworth, Holt. Waldow, Dickerson, Davis would backing up Dower/Karno. Ireland and Dee can score, but put them in the Zags' lineup instead of Bell and it weakens the Zags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maynard g krebs View Post
    That seems to be what it's all about in picking the all conf team. And players on lesser teams that accumulate better stats simply because they are the featured player(s) on their team and get the votes on numbers.

    Only about half the all-WCC team would crack the Zags' starting lineup imo. Only players on that list that would improve the Zags noticeably imo are Haws, Collinsworth, Holt. Waldow, Dickerson, Davis would backing up Dower/Karno. Ireland and Dee can score, but put them in the Zags' lineup instead of Bell and it weakens the Zags.
    Agree totally. Although one area that doesn't depend upon stats is which coach wins the conference. that seems to be the area you can be the clear statistical winner and not get the awards.

    In terms of players and starting for GU - yep, and the really insidious thing about it is that those coaches know it, too. Hard to believe they leave Bell off the list when very few of the top players would play ahead of him. But leave no doubt - they know that most of those guys are not in our starting five.
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