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WAC Announces All-Conference Men's Basketball Teams, Nevada Sweeps Major Awards





Nick Fazekas
Nevada
Ramon Sessions
Nevada
Mark Fox
Nevada
DENVER The Western Athletic Conference mens basketball postseason award winners as selected by the leagues 10 head coaches were announced today.

The first team is led by Nevada sophomore forward Nick Fazekas who was also voted the WACs Player of the Year. In 18 conference games, Fazekas averaged a WAC-best 21.8 points per game and was third in rebounding with 10.7 per contest. It is the second year in a row that Nevada has had the Player of the Year as Kirk Snyder won the award last season. Rices Michael Harris, Louisiana Techs Paul Millsap and UTEPs Omar Thomas and Filiberto Rivera were also first team selections. Harris and Rivera were first-team selections last season while Millsap and Thomas were voted to the second-team. Millsap was the 2003-04 WAC Freshman of the Year.

The All-WAC second-teamers this year were Bryan Hopkins, SMU; Kevinn Pinkney, Nevada; Jason McKrieth, Rice; Marquin Chandler, San Jose State; and Mustafa Al-Sayyad, Fresno State. McKrieth earned second-team honors last year as well.

Nevada guard Ramon Sessions was named the WACs Freshman of the Year. In 18 conference games (in which he started 17) Sessions averaged 9.6 points, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Nevada first-year head coach Mark Fox was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year after leading the Wolf Pack to the WACs regular season title with a 16-2 record and a 24-5 mark overall. The 16 wins are the most ever for a WAC team.

The 2005 WAC Basketball Tournament is this week at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The mens teams will compete March 8, 10-12, with the womens competition March 8-9 and 11-12. SportsWest and ESPN Full Court will carry the mens quarterfinal and semifinal games while ESPN2 will show the mens championship game on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

2005 WAC Mens Basketball Postseason Award Winners

All-Conference
First Team
Nick Fazekas, Nevada, F, 6-11, 225, So., Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley HS)
Michael Harris, Rice, F, 6-6, 240, Sr., Hillsboro, Texas (Hillsboro HS)
Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech, F, 6-8, 235, So., Grambling, La. (Grambling HS)
Omar Thomas, UTEP, F, 6-5, 205, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa. (Panola College)
Filiberto Rivera, UTEP, G, 6-2, 175, Sr., Carolina, Puerto Rice (Southeastern CC)

Second Team
Bryan Hopkins, SMU, G, 6-0, 195, Jr., Dallas, Texas (Lincoln HS)
Kevinn Pinkney, Nevada, F, 6-9, 245, Sr., Colton, Calif. (Colton HS)
Jason McKrieth, Rice, G, 6-4, 210, Sr., Schenectady, N.Y. (Schenectady HS)
Marquin Chandler, San Jose State, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Fremont, Calif. (George Washington University)
Mustafa Al-Sayyad, Fresno State, C, 6-9, 230, Sr., Khartoum, Sudan (Washington College Academy)

Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas, Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Ramon Sessions, Nevada
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Mark Fox, Nevada

All-Newcomer Team
JaVance Coleman, Fresno State, G, 6-3, 215, So., Fresno, Calif. (College of the Sequoias)
Ramon Sessions, Nevada, G, 6-3, 190, Fr., Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach HS)
Matt Gibson, Hawaii, G, 6-5, 170, So., Oklahoma City, Okla. (Three Rivers CC)
Mo Charlo, Nevada, G, 6-7, 210, Jr., Eureka, Calif. (Diablo Valley College)
Miguel Ayala, UTEP, G, 6-6, 190, Jr., Tepic, Mexico (Fullerton College)

All-Defensive Team
Mustafa Al-Sayyad, Fresno State, C, 6-9, 230, Sr., Khartoum, Sudan (Washington College Academy)
Kevinn Pinkney, Nevada, F, 6-9, 245, Sr., Colton, Calif. (Colton HS)
Jermaine Washington, Nevada, F, 6-5, 205, Sr., Columbia, S.C. (South Plains College)
Jarius Glenn, Tulsa, F, 6-6, 220, Sr., Decatur, Ga. (Avondale HS)
Jason Williams, UTEP, G/F, 6-6, 205, Jr., Marrero, La. (Kilgore College)
Jason Ellis, Boise State, F, 6-7, 216, Sr., Kent, Wash. (Kentridge HS)

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Grand Canyon
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Missouri-Kansas City
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New Mexico State
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Seattle U
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Texas-Pan American
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Utah Valley
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