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Roddy Named Mountain West Player of the Year By League’s Media, Stevens Also On Second Team
The junior forward is just the third conference player of the year pick in CSU history joining Gian Clavell (2017-MW) and Mike Mitchell (1990-WAC)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State junior forward David Roddy was named the Mountain West Player of the Year by the league’s media, announced today by the organization as each market received one ballot for the three teams. Joining Roddy, who was also named to the first team was junior guard Isaiah Stevens, who was honored on the second team for the second season in a row.
Just the third conference player of the year pick in CSU history joining Gian Clavell (2017-MW) and Mike Mitchell (1990-WAC), Roddy received eight of a possible 11 first place votes for the honor and 161 out of 165 possible points in the voting. Also a finalist for the Wooden and Malone awards, the Minneapolis, Minn., native finished third in the league in conference scoring at 19.5 points per game, sixth in rebounding at 7.6 and first in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent. He was also 13th with 2.8 assists per game, eighth in blocks at 1.1 and 17th in minutes at 32.4 per contest. He became the 31st player in CSU history to reach 1,000 career points and is currently 10th with 1,358 points. He has seven double-doubles on the year and was named the USVI Paradise Jam MVP after averaging 31.0 points per game in leading CSU to the title with wins over Bradley, Creighton and Northeastern. During that tournament he had two 30+ point games, including a career-high 36 against Creighton.
In league play, he was sixth in scoring at 19.06 points per game, fifth in rebounding at 7.61, first in field goal percentage at 56.6 percent from the floor and 12th with 3.06 assists per contest. He had a high of 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field along with nine rebounds and three steals in the win at New Mexico in his first game in The Pit. He scored in double figures in 17 of 18 league games, including nine of 20 or more. Most recently, he had a game-high 23 points, four rebounds and two assists in a home win over league champion Boise State to sweep the season series with the Broncos.
Stevens was among the most notable players in the league again, ranking 12th in scoring at 14.8, tops in free throw percentage at 90.0, third in assists at 4.9, second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.0 and sixth in minutes with 34.6 per game. He reached the 1,000-point mark in his career during the season and is currently in 13th with 1,266 points. He ranks second all-time in assists with 434 and an average of 4.9 per game in his career. He earned All-Tournament Honors at the USVI Paradise Jam after helping guide CSU to the tournament title. With is 3.51 in communication studies, Stevens was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Feb. 17 and will be on the ballot for Academic All-American.
In Mountain West action, the guard from Allen, Texas is 12th in scoring at 15.11 points per game, eighth in assists with 3.61, tops in free throw percentage at 91.8 percent, fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.10 and eighth in minutes played. He also scored in double figures in 17 contests with a career-high 35 points and eight rebounds at home against UNLV.
The duo were the leaders for a CSU squad that recorded 24 wins in the regular season, tied for the third most in a single season, while the 14 conference wins ties the school record set by last year’s team. The Rams were 14-1 at home this year, playing in front of a school-record five consecutive sellouts to end the regular season and a Mountain West era record for attendance. For the season, CSU led the league overall in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.
The second seed in the tournament, CSU opens the 2022 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Championship on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. MT, playing the winner of the No. 7 Utah State and No. 10 Air Force on Wednesday afternoon. The Rams enter the Mountain West championship with an 11-3 record against Quad 1 and 2 teams this season and are ranked #27 in the NCAA Net Rankings that are used in selections for the NCAA Tournament.
2022 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Media Poll
• FIRST TEAM
David Roddy, Colorado State (161)
Orlando Robinson, Fresno State (132)
Bryce Hamilton, UNLV (131)
Graham Ike, Wyoming (131)
Hunter Maldonado, Wyoming (128)
• SECOND TEAM
Matt Bradley, San Diego State (119)
Abu Kigab, Boise State (104)
Justin Bean, Utah State (83)
Marcus Shaver, Boise State (77)
Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State (69)
• THIRD TEAM
Grant Sherfield, Nevada (65)
Jamal Mashburn Jr., New Mexico (37)
Nathan Mensah, San Diego State (22)
Jaelen House, New Mexico (21)
Desmond Cambridge, Nevada (12)
• HONORABLE MENTION
A.J. Walker, Air Force (9); Brandon Horvath, Utah State (8); Emmanuel Akot, Boise State (6); Tyson Degenhart, Boise State (2); Omari Moore, San Jose State (2); Anthony Holland, Fresno State (1).
• PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Roddy, Colorado State (8)
Others receiving votes: Bryce Hamilton, UNLV (1); Graham Ike, Wyoming (1); Abu Kigab, Boise State (1)
• NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Matt Bradley, San Diego State (11)
• FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Tyson Degenhart, Boise State (11)
• DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nathan Mensah, San Diego State (9)
Others receiving votes: Orlando Robinson, Fresno State (2)
• 6th MAN OF THE YEAR: Donovan Williams, UNLV (6)
Others receiving votes: K.J. Jenkins, UNM (2); Adam Seiko, SDSU (1); Chandler Jacobs, CSU (1); John Tonje, CSU (1)
• COACH OF THE YEAR: Leon Rice, Boise State (8)
Others receiving votes: Jeff Linder, Wyoming (3)
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