DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball preseason poll and all-WAC teams, as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league. Utah State was selected to win the WAC, while Nevada sophomore Luke Babbitt was tabbed the league’s preseason Player of the Year.
Utah State, the 2008-09 WAC regular season and tournament champion, received eight first place votes and 64 points. Nevada captured second place with 53 points, receiving one first-place vote. New Mexico State took third place with 50 points. With 42 points, Idaho was voted fourth. Louisiana Tech (31) and Fresno State (30) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Boise State (23) and San Jose State (19) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, while Hawai‘i (12) was ranked ninth.
The coaches also voted on preseason first and second all-WAC teams. Nevada sophomore forward Luke Babbitt, the 2008-09 WAC Freshman of the Year, leads the list of first-teamers. Idaho senior guard Mac Hopson and Nevada junior guard Armon Johnson also earned spots on the preseason first team. Utah State senior guard Jared Quayle and New Mexico State junior guard Jahmar Young round out the first team.
Second-team selections include Roderick Flemings (Hawai‘i), Paul George (Fresno State), Kyle Gibson (Louisiana Tech), Sylvester Seay (Fresno State) and Tai Wesley (Utah State).
2009-10 Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Utah State (8) 64
2. Nevada (1) 53
3. New Mexico State 50
4. Idaho 42
5. Louisiana Tech 31
6. Fresno State 30
7. Boise State 23
8. San Jose State 19
9. Hawai‘i 12
Preseason Coaches All-WAC Teams
Luke Babbitt, So., F, Nevada
Mac Hopson, Sr., G, Idaho
Armon Johnson, Jr., G, Nevada
Jared Quayle, Sr., G, Utah State
Jahmar Young, Jr., G, New Mexico State
Roderick Flemings, Sr., F, Hawai‘i
Paul George, So., G/F, Fresno State
Kyle Gibson, Sr., G, Louisiana Tech
Sylvester Seay, Sr., F, Fresno State
Tai Wesley, Jr., F, Utah State
Player of the Year: Luke Babbitt, Nevada