Five Cougars Earn Academic All-MWC Honors

Mountain West Conference Announces 2001-02 Men's Basketball Academic Honorees

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Five BYU student-athletes today were named by the Mountain West Conference to the 2001-02 Academic All-Conference team for men's basketball.

BYU honorees included seniors Eric Nielsen and Matt Montague, sophomore Jon Carlisle, and freshmen Jared Jensen and Jimmy Balderson. Nielsen and Montague were two of seven repeat selections to the team.

BYU and Utah each had a league-high five student-athletes named to the team. UNLV had three honorees and San Diego State placed two members on the list, while Colorado State, New Mexico and Wyoming each had one. A three-year high of 18

student-athletes earned MWC academic honors in 2001-02.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.

2001-02 Men's Basketball Academic All-Mountain West Conference

Name School Class GPA Major

James Balderson BYU Fr. 3.16 Management

Jon Carlisle BYU So. 3.15 Open-major

Jared Jensen BYU Fr. 3.17 Open-Major

*Matt Montague BYU Sr. 3.05 Public Relations

*Eric Nielsen BYU Sr. 3.19 Civil Engineering

*Brian Greene CSU Jr. 3.26 Business Administration

Jamaal Williams UNM Fr. 3.02 Undeclared

*Karlo Kovacic SDSU Sr. 3.94 International Business

*Chris Walton SDSU So. 3.13 Business

Louis Amundson UNLV Fr. 3.39 Undeclared

Marcus Banks UNLV Jr. 3.11 Sociology

Omari Pearson UNLV So. 3.30 Undeclared

*Lance Allred Utah So. 3.12 Finance

*Trace Caton Utah Jr. 3.73 History

Nick Jacobson Utah So. 3.10 Business

Martin Osimani Utah Fr. 3.14 Undeclared

Eric Osmundson Utah Fr. 3.35 Biology

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi UW Jr. 3.09 Computer Science

(*notes repeat selection).