Nielsen, Whiting, Cooper Earn Academic All-MWC Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU's Eric Nielsen, Trent Whiting and Nathan Cooper were three of 15 student-athletes recognized today for academic excellence as members of the 2001 Men's Basketball Academic All-Mountain West Conference Team. Cooper was one of four repeat selections to the team, having also earned the award in 2000.

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. In addition to the three Cougars earning the honor, four players from Utah, two each from Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State and one student-athlete from UNLV and Wyoming comprised the 2001 squad.

The 2001 Men's Basketball Academic All-Mountain West Conference Team is listed below (*notes repeat selection).

Name                School    Class      GPA    Major

*Nathan Cooper BYU Senior 3.09 Portuguese

Eric Nielsen BYU Junior 3.34 Civil Engineering

Trent Whiting BYU Senior 3.20 Business Management

*David Fisher CSU Senior 3.37 Fishery Biology

*Brian Greene CSU Sophomore 3.31 Business Administration

Brian Smith UNM Graduate 3.72 Sports Administration

Alvin Broussard UNM Freshman 3.20 Undeclared

Karlo Kovacic SDSU Junior 3.93 International Business

Christopher Walton SDSU Freshman 3.08 Business

Danny Brotherson UNLV Senior 3.19 Communications

Lance Allred Utah Freshman 3.35 History

Chris Burgess Utah Junior 3.00 Communication

Trace Caton Utah Sophomore 3.80 Spanish

*Michael Puzey Utah Sophomore 3.57 Pre-Physical Therapy

David Rottinghaus Wyoming Freshman 3.15 Business

(*notes repeat selection)