MWC Wire's 2017-18 Basketball POY, Order of Finish Projections

MWC Wire's 2017-18 Basketball POY, Order of Finish Projections

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MWC Wire's 2017-18 Basketball POY, Order of Finish Projections

The Mountain West Basketball Media Summit Will Take Place In Las Vegas Wednesday


Nevada is projected by most to retain its place atop the Mountain West


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Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison and Nevada’s Jordan Caroline are the top MWC returnees for 2017-18

The 2017-18 Mountain West Basketball Media Summit will take place at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Wednesday.

Along with interviews with coaches and players, the conference’s preseason standings projections and all-conference players will be announced.

As part of the preseason media week festivities, MWC Wire also releases its standings projections and all-conference projections. Both predictions can be found below.

First off, projected order of finish:

1 – Nevada (28-7 in 2016-17)
2 – San Diego State (19-14)
3 – Fresno State (20-13)
4 – Boise State (20-12)
5 – Wyoming (23-15)
6 – UNLV (11-21)
7 – Colorado State (24-12)
8 – Utah State (15-17)
9 – New Mexico (17-14)
10 – San Jose State (14-16)
11 – Air Force (12-21)

Nevada has to say goodbye to three of its top four scorers, but the Wolf Pack welcome back potential player of the year Jordan Caroline along with the league’s best point guard in Lindsey Drew. Key high-major transfers Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Kendall Stephens, Hallice Cooke and Darien Williams will all make an impact.

San Diego State, Boise State and Fresno State round out the league’s top tier. Then come Wyoming and UNLV, two teams that will be trendy sleeper picks this season. Colorado State and Utah State are both expected to regress this year after the losses of upperclassmen. New Mexico, San Jose State and Air Force round out the MWC.

The MWC Wire all-conference team is as follows:

Koby McEwen, Utah State, G, sophomore
Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State, G, senior
Justin James, Wyoming, G/F, junior
*Chandler Hutchison, Boise State, G/F, senior
Jordan Caroline, Nevada, F, junior

*-projected player of the year

Boise State wing Chandler Hutchison is our preseason 2017-18 Mountain West player of the year. He’s coming off a 17.4/7.8/2.6/1.2 season and opted to return to Boise after declaring for the NBA Draft in the spring.

Hutchison is joined by Utah State guard Koby McEwen, Fresno State guard Jaron Hopkins, Wyoming swingman Justin James, and Nevada forward Jordan Caroline. Though most college basketball pundits point to Hutchison as the near-unanimous POY favorite, Caroline is not expected to be far off in the end-of-the-year voting.

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