Vaughn named MW Freshman of the Year; Rebels picked 4th

UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn was named the Mountain West Conference’s preseason Freshman of the Year and the Rebels were picked to finish fourth in the league’s annual preseason basketball media poll released Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-6 Vaughn was a McDonald’s All-American and rated as the No. 7 overall player in the country by Rivals his senior year at Findlay Prep (31-5) where he averaged 19.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a senior, shooting 52 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free throw line.

Defending Mountain West regular season champion San Diego State was the overwhelming favorite to win the men’s basketball regular season title again in 2014-15. The Aztecs received 34 of a possible 35 first place votes and 383 points to garner the top spot in the poll. Boise State claimed the remaining first place vote and 275 points to earn a second place nod, while defending MW tournament champion New Mexico garnered 270 points to finish third.

UNLV collected 269 points for fourth place, followed by Colorado State in fifth (258 points) and Wyoming (256 points) in sixth. Rounding out the poll were Fresno State (232 points) in seventh place, Nevada (126 points) in eighth, Air Force (102 points) in ninth, Utah State (98 points) in 10th and San José State (41 points) in 11th.

Wyoming senior forward Larry Nance Jr., coming back off an ACL injury, was voted preseason Player of the Year while 6-foot-9 San Diego State junior forward Angelo Choi, a transfer from Arizona, was named Newcomer of the Year.

The UNLV Lady Rebels were picked sixth in the women’s preseason poll.

2014-15 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Rk. Team (First-Place Votes) Pts.
1. San Diego State (34) 383
2. Boise State (1) 275
3. New Mexico 270
4. UNLV 269
5. Colorado State 258
6. Wyoming 256
7. Fresno State 232
8. Nevada 126
9. Air Force 102
10. Utah State 98
11. San José State 41

Preseason All-Mountain West
Anthony Drmic, Sr., G/F, Boise State
Daniel Bejarano, Sr., G, Colorado State
Winston Shepard, Jr., F, San Diego State
Dwayne Polee II, Sr., F, San Diego State
Larry Nance Jr., Sr., F, Wyoming

Preseason Player of the Year
Larry Nance Jr., Sr., F, Wyoming

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Angelo Chol, Jr., F, San Diego State

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Rashad Vaughn, Fr., G, UNLV

2014-15 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points

1. Colorado State (21) 276
2. Boise State (4) 241
3. Wyoming (3) 235
4. Fresno State 181
5. Nevada 155
6. UNLV 143
7. San Diego State 134
8. Utah State 123
9. New Mexico 122
10. San José State 81
11. Air Force 27

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