BYU's Terrell Lyday was named Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year and the Cougars' Mekeli Wesley was selected to the All-MWC Second Team Monday. The Mountain West Conference announced its post-season awards as voted on by the league's head basketball coaches.
Air Force head coach Reggie Minton and UNLV head coach Bill Bayno share the Men's Coach of the Year honor, while Alex Jensen of Utah was selected as the Player of the Year. Air Force's Tom Bellairs and UNLV's Dalron Johnson were both selected as Co-Freshman of the Year.
Lyday transferred to BYU this season from Fresno City College. Lyday led the league in steals throughout the year averaging 2.19 spg and finished the regular season ranked second in scoring in conference games (17.8 ppg) and 5th in all games (17.3 ppg). He claimed player of the week honors once this season (Jan. 10) and is currently on a 16-game double-figure scoring streak.
Wesley, a junior, also earned player of the week honors once this season and currently has a 17-game double-figure scoring streak. As BYU's leading scorer and rebounder, he finished third in scoring (17.8) and ninth in rebounding (5.9) among his Mountain West Conference peers. Wesley was on the All-WAC Newcomer Team his freshman season.
First-Team All-Mountain West
Alex Jensen, Utah, Sr., 6-7, 215, F, Centerville, Utah (Murray HS)
Lamont Long, New Mexico, Sr., 6-4, 190, G, Tempe, Ariz. (Corona del Sol HS)
Kaspars Kambala, UNLV, Jr., 6-9, 250, C, Riga, Latvia (Homestead HS)