Bennett, Birch claim top Mountain West honors

The Mountain West released its all-conference basketball teams on Monday afternoon and UNLV was well represented.

Forward Anthony Bennett was picked as Freshman of the Year by the league’s nine coaches and a select media panel while sophomore forward Khem Birch took home Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Bennett was also chosen first team all-Mountain West while senior point guard Anthony Marshall was a second team pick. Marshall and Birch were also picked to the league’s five-man all-defensive squad.

Birch also was named honorable mention all-conference.

Guard Kendall Williams of conference champion New Mexico was named Mountain West Player of the Year while Lobo head coach Steve Alford was voted Coach of the Year. Colorado State center Colton Iverson, a senior transfer from Minnesota, was picked as Newcomer of the Year while teammate Daniel Bejarano was cited as Sixth Man of the Year.

The all-Mountain West first team consisted of Bennett, Williams, Iverson, Air Force guard Michael Lyons and San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin.

Marshall was joined on the second team by Boise State guards Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, Colorado State guard Dorian Green and New Mexico center Alex Kirk.

The third team featured Colorado State forward Pierce Hornung, Nevada guard Deonte Burton, New Mexico guard Tony Snell, San Diego State guard Chase Tapley and Wyoming forward Leonard Washington.

Hornung, Kirk and Washington joined Birch and Marshall on the all-defensive squad.
— staff report

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