The Polls Are Out

By Rhiannon Potkey - October 10, 2007


SALT LAKE CITY -- The Western Athletic Conference media poll has arrived, and the scribes picked New Mexico State as this year's favorite while Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll was billed preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State freshman Herb Pope was selected Newcomer of the Year.

New Mexico State received 255 points and 13 first-place votes. Utah State was second with 250 points and 10 first-place votes. Defending champion Nevada was third (239)

The rest:

4. Fresno State 208
5. Boise State 175
6. Hawaii 151
7. Louisiana Tech 104
8. San Jose State 91
9. Idaho 57

Preseason All-WAC Team
Kevin Bell, Sr. G Fresno State
Jaycee Carroll Sr. G Utah State
Justin Hawkins Jr. G/F New Mexico State
Reggie Larry Sr. F Boise State
Marcelus Kemp Sr. G Nevada

The coaches viewed things a bit differently in their poll (disclaimer: they can't vote for their own team).
1. Utah State 58
2. New Mexico State 57
3. Nevada 53
4. Fresno State 46
5. Boise State 34
6. Hawaii 29
7. Louisiana Tech 17
San Jose State 17
9. Idaho 13

Preseason All-WAC First Team:

Jaycee Carroll
Justin Hawkins
Marcelus Kemp
Reggie Larry
Fred Peete Sr. G New Mexico State

Second Team:

Kevin Bell Sr. G Fresno State
Hector Hernandez Sr. F Fresno State
Demarshay Johnson Sr. F Nevada
Bobby Nash Sr. G Hawaii
Matt Nelson Sr. F Boise State

Preseason Player of the Year: Jaycee Carroll

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New Faces:

Three new coaches will make their media day debuts this morning at the Hilton. Marvin Menzies takes over at New Mexico State for Reggie Theus, who left to become the head coach for the Sacramento Kings. Theus, the star of NBC's "Hangtime," didn't leave the cupboard bare as is evident with New Mexico State being picked to win it all.

Bob Nash is the new coach at Hawaii. Nash replaces Riley Wallace. Lastly, Kerry Rupp is now in charge at Louisiana Tech.

Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 12:11 PM on October 10, 2007
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