Utah Valley's Isiah Williams Headlines GWC All-Conference Men's Basketball Team
March 9, 2011
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -
Great West Conference champion Utah Valley's Isiah Williams headlines the 2010-11 All-GWC Basketball Team announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Williams, a junior from Chicago, Ill., was selected the GWC Player and Newcomer of the Year in a vote by conference coaches and sports information directors. Williams led the balloting after leading his team to the GWC's regular-season title. He is the second-leading scorer in the GWC with 17.2 points per game and is third in conference-only games with an 18.6 ppg average. Williams leads the league in three-pointers made with 2.8 per contest.
Joining Williams on the All-GWC First Team is Houston Baptist's Andrew Gonzalez, Chicago State's Carl Montgomery, South Dakota's Charlie Westbrook and New Jersey Institute of Technology's Isaiah Wilkerson.
Gonzalez, the only repeat first-team selection, is the conference's leading scorer and has the fifth-best scoring average in the nation. He averages 23.1 points per game and 25.3 ppg in conference games. The 2009-10 GWC Newcomer of the Year also pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game.
Montgomery lands on the first team this year after being a second-team honoree a year ago. He ranks third in the GWC in scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) and second in scoring (20.5) and rebounding (8.9 ) in league contests.
Westbrook and Wilkerson are the fourth and fifth leading scorers, respectively, in GWC games with Westbrook averaging 16.6 ppg and Wilkerson tallying 16.5 ppg.
Wilkerson moved to the first-team this season after garnering honorable mention accolades last year. Overall Wilkerson averages 13.7 ppg and Westbrook, a newcomer, averages 16.2 ppg.
Second-team honorees included Utah Valley's Ben Aird (11.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg); NJIT's Chris Flores (12.8 ppg, 2.6 assists per game); North Dakota's Troy Huff (13.0 ppg); South Dakota's Louie Krogman (14.8 ppg); and Texas-Pan American's Brandon Provost (12.7 ppg). Krogman was the 2009-10 Sixth Man of the Year and Flores is a repeat second- team honoree.
Joining Newcomer of the Year Williams on the All-Newcomer team were Aird, Huff, Provost and Westbrook.
Houston Baptist's Michael Moss, a repeat honorable mention honoree, earns Defensive Player of the Year after posting the sixth-highest steals per game average in the country with 2.8 per game.
Justin Baker of Utah Valley was selected as the Sixth Man of the Year after coming off the bench to average 7.3 points and 5.1 boards per game.
Utah Valley's Dick Hunsaker was named Coach of the Year after leading the Wolverines to the GWC championship with an 11-1 conference record and a 19-10 overall mark. He is 334-169 in his 16th year as a head coach and holds a 167-96 mark in his ninth season at UVU.
The GWC men's teams will begin quarterfinal action Thursday in the Great West Conference Basketball Tournament presented by Pepsi. The tournament is being held at Orem, Utah, and is hosted by Utah Valley.