2009–10 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball season

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2009–10 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball season
Logo WAC.png
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 9
Regular Season
Champion Utah State
Season MVP Luke Babbitt
Tournament
Champions New Mexico State
Basketball seasons
2009–10 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Utah State 14 2   .875     27 7   .794
Nevada 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
New Mexico State 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Louisiana Tech 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Fresno State 7 9   .438     15 18   .455
San Jose State 6 10   .375     14 17   .452
Idaho 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Boise State 5 11   .313     15 17   .469
Hawaiʻi 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
2010 WAC Tournament winner
As of March 22, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball season began with practices on October 17, 2009 and ended with the 2010 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament March 11–13, 2010 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV on the campus of the University of Nevada. Utah State won the regular season championship while New Mexico State won the WAC Tournament.

Pre-season[edit]

The WAC conducted a media teleconference on October 20, 2009 and released the media and coaches poll, as well as the preseason All-WAC teams and player of the year.[1]

WAC Media Poll[2][edit]

Rank Team Votes
1 Utah State (15) 273
2 Nevada (12) 269
3 New Mexico State (6) 226
4 Idaho 193
5 Boise State 145
6 Louisiana Tech 140
7 Fresno State 130
8 San Jose State (1) 88
9 Hawai'i 66

Media All-WAC Team[edit]

  • Luke Babbitt, So. F, Nevada
  • Mac Hobson, Sr. G, Idaho
  • Armon Johnson, Jr. G, Nevada
  • Jared Quayle, Sr. G, Utah State
  • Jahmar Young, Jr. G, New Mexico State

Player of the Year

  • Luke Babbitt, So. F, Nevada

WAC Coaches Poll[3][edit]

Rank Team Votes
1 Utah State (8) 64
2 Nevada (1) 53
3 New Mexico State 50
4 Idaho 42
5 Louisiana Tech 31
6 Fresno State 30
7 Boise State 23
8 San Jose State 19
9 Hawai'i 12

Coaches All-WAC Team[edit]

First Team

  • Luke Babbitt, So. F, Nevada
  • Mac Hobson, Sr. G, Idaho
  • Armon Johnson, Jr. G, Nevada
  • Jered Quayle, Sr. G, Utah State
  • Jahmar Young, Jr. G, New Mexico State

Second Team

  • Roderick Flemings, Sr., F, Hawai‘i
  • Paul George, So. G/F, Fresno State
  • Kyle Gibson, Sr. G, Louisiana Tech
  • Sylvester Seay, Sr. F, Fresno State
  • Tai Wesley, Jr. F, Utah State

Player of the Year

  • Luke Babbitt, So. F, Nevada

Rankings[edit]

Conference games[edit]

Players of the Week[edit]

Players of the Week

Week Player School Weekly Stats
1 - Nov 16[4] Roderick Flemings Hawai'i 18.5 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.5 AST, 55.6 FG%
2 - Nov 23[5] Joey Shaw Nevada 20.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.5 AST, 61.9 FG%
3 - Nov 30[6] Ike Okoye Boise State 17.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 2.5 AST, 4.5 BLKS, 61.9 FG%
4 - Dec 7[7] Kyle Gibson La Tech 27.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.0 AST, 59.3 FG%
5 - Dec 14[8] Jahmar Young New Mexico State 24.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 3.0 AST, 47.0 FG%
6 - Dec 21[9] Adrian Oliver San Jose State 31.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.0 AST, 52.6 FG%
7 - Dec 28[10] Tai Wesley Utah State 16.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.0 AST, 65.4 FG%
8 - Jan 4[11] Olu Ashaolu La Tech 15.5 PPG, 16.5 RPG, 1.5 AST, 52.4 FG%
9 - Jan 11[12] Luke Babbitt Nevada 23.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.0 AST, 58.3 FG%
10 - Jan 18[13] Jared Quayle Utah State 14.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.7 AST, 55.2 FG%
11 - Jan 25[14] Adrian Oliver San Jose State 30.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 AST, 54.3 FG%
12 - Feb 1[15] Hamidu Rahman New Mexico State 22.0 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 66.7 FG%
13 - Feb 8[16] Jahmar Young New Mexico State 25.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 AST, 61.5 FG%
14 - Feb 15[17] Armon Johnson Nevada 23.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 5.5 AST, 50.0 FG%
15 - Feb 22[18] Roderick Flemings Hawai'i 32.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.5 AST, 45.1 FG%
16 - Mar 1[19] Robert Arnold Boise State 22.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.0 AST, 75.0 FG%
17 - Mar 7[20] Tai Wesley Utah State 22.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.5 AST, 82.6 FG%

On January 26 San Jose State's Adrian Oliver was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of January 24.[21]

Conference tournament[edit]

Quarterfinals,
Thursday, March 11
Semifinals,
Friday, March 12
Championship,
Saturday, March 13
                 
1 Utah State 84
8 Boise State 60
1 Utah State 85
4 Louisiana Tech 55
4 Louisiana Tech 74
5 Fresno State 66
1 Utah State 63
3 New Mexico State 69
3 New Mexico State 90
6 San Jose State 69
3 New Mexico State 80
2 Nevada 79
2 Nevada 87
7 Idaho 71

Head coaches[edit]

Post season[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

First Round

(12) New Mexico State vs. (5) Michigan State L 70–67

(12) Utah State vs. (5) Texas A&M L 69–53

NIT[edit]

First Round

(6) Nevada @ (3) Wichita State W 74–70

Second Round

(6) Nevada @ (2) Rhode Island L 85–83

CollegeInsider.com Tournament[edit]

First Round

Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Mississippi W 66–57

Quarterfinals

Louisiana Tech @ Missouri State L 69–40

2010 NBA Draft[edit]

PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 10 George, PaulPaul George SF  United States Indiana Pacers Fresno State (So.)
1 16 Babbitt, LukeLuke Babbitt SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte via Denver,[c] traded to Portland)[B] Nevada (So.)
2 34 Johnson, ArmonArmon Johnson PG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State)[k] Nevada (Jr.)
2 51 Rolle, MagnumMagnum Rolle PF/C  Bahamas Oklahoma City Thunder (from Portland via Dallas and Minnesota,[d] traded to Indiana)[L] Louisiana Tech (Sr.)

Pre-draft trades[edit]

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.

  • c On June 25, 2009, Minnesota acquired Charlotte's first-round pick from Denver in exchange for the draft rights to Ty Lawson.[24] Previously, Denver acquired a first-round pick on June 25, 2008 from Charlotte in exchange for the 20th pick in the 2008 Draft.[25]
  • d 1 2 3 On June 23, 2010, Oklahoma City acquired Daequan Cook and the 18th pick in the 2010 Draft from Miami in exchange for the 32nd pick in the 2010 Draft.[26] Previously, Oklahoma City acquired Etan Thomas and two second-round picks on July 27, 2009 from Minnesota in exchange for Damien Wilkins and Chucky Atkins.[27] Previously, Minnesota acquired a second-round pick and cash considerations on June 25, 2009 from Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to Nick Calathes.[28] Previously, Dallas acquired a second-round pick, the 24th and 56th picks in the 2009 Draft on June 24, 2009 from Portland in exchange for the 22nd pick in the 2009 Draft.[29]
  • k 1 2 On June 22, 2010, Milwaukee acquired Corey Maggette and the 44th pick in the 2010 Draft from Golden State in exchange for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric.[30] Previously, Golden State acquired the 44th pick in the 2010 Draft and cash considerations on June 21, 2010 from Portland in exchange for the 34th pick in the 2010 Draft.[31] Previously, Portland acquired 2009 and 2010 second-round picks from Chicago in a three-team trade on June 26, 2008.[32][33]

Draft-day trades[edit]

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.[34][35][36]

Highlights and notes[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All WAC teams[39][edit]

All-Academic[edit]

USBWA All-District team[edit]

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