DENVER, Colo. - The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2009-10 men's basketball postseason honorees on Sunday and Idaho's Mac Hopson and Marvin Jefferson were among those selected.
Hopson, a senior from Portland, Ore., was chosen as all-WAC honorable mention after averaging 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game for the Vandals in WAC play. He earned three double-doubles this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.
The honor is the second of Hopson's career. He was a first-team all-WAC honoree last season and was chosen as a preseason first-team all-WAC honoree before the start of the 2009-10 year.
Jefferson, a senior from Merced, Calif., was chosen to the WAC all-defensive team for his first career postseason WAC honor. Jefferson's 60 blocked shots this season are the most by a Vandal in 27 years and rank third in Idaho history. With two more, he'll move into second all-time.
Earlier this year, Jefferson became just the third Idaho player to reach 100 career blocked shots, and had the school's sixth-best single-game blocking performance when he swatted six against Boise State on Jan. 25.
Jefferson joins Tanoris Shepard as the second Vandal to earn the WAC's all-defensive award. Shepard was honored after the 2006 season. Hopson's honor is the third all-WAC award earned by a Vandal. Jordan Brooks was also a second-team honoree in 2008.
The awards are voted upon by the league's coaches.
2009-10 Western Athletic Conference Award Winners
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Stew Morrill, Utah State Player of the Year: Luke Babbitt, Nevada Freshman of the Year: Greg Smith, Fresno State
First-Team All-WAC Luke Babbitt, Nevada Jahmar Young, New Mexico State Adrian Oliver, San Jose State Jared Quayle, Utah State Tai Wesley, Utah State
Second-Team All-WAC Paul George, Fresno State Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech Armon Johnson, Nevada Jonathan Gibson, New Mexico State
Honorable Mention All-WAC Daequon Montreal, Boise State Sylvester Seay, Fresno State Roderick Flemings, Hawai`i Mac Hopson, Idaho Wendell McKines, New Mexico State
All-Defensive Team Marvin Jefferson, Idaho Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech Dario Hunt, Nevada Pooh Williams, Utah State
All-Newcomer Team Daequon Montreal, Boise State Greg Smith, Fresno State DeAndre Brown, Louisiana Tech Nate Bendall, Utah State Brian Green, Utah State