2009–10 Great West Conference men's basketball season
|2009–10 Great West Conference men's basketball season|
|League||NCAA Division I|
|Duration||January 9, 2010
through March 6, 2010
|Number of teams||7|
|2009–10 Great West Conference men's basketball standings|
|South Dakota †||11||–||1||.917||22||–||10||.688|
|† 2010 Great West Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009–10 Great West Conference men's basketball season marks the inaugural season of Great West Conference basketball. The Great West is the first new Division I basketball conference since the Mountain West Conference began play in 1999. In 2008–09, the Great West Conference began competition in basketball, although they were transitioning to Division I at the time.
On October 29, 2009, the Great West Conference held its first basketball media day. The league's coaches voted South Dakota the inaugural preaseason #1 and South Dakota senior forward Tyler Cain the preseason player of the year.
Great West Coaches Poll
|1||South Dakota (3)||41|
|2||Utah Valley (2)||38|
|3||Chicago State (1)||35|
|4||North Dakota (1)||26|
Preseason All-Great West Team
- Tyler Cain, South Dakota
- Carl Montgomery, Chicago State
- Jheryl Wilson, NJIT
- Nick Weiermiller, Texas-Pan American
- Louis Krogman, South Dakota
- Jordan Swarbrick, Utah Valley
- Travis Bledsoe, North Dakota
- Roman Gentry, South Dakota
- Travis Mertens, North Dakota
- Isaiah Wilkerson, NJIT
Honorable Mention: Mario Flaherty, Houston Baptist; Wendell Preadom, Houston Baptist; Gary Garris, NJIT; Nathan Hawkins, Texas Pan-American; Jon Montgomery, Chicago State; Ben Smith, Texas-Pan American
Preseason Player of the Year
- Tyler Cain, South Dakota
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As a new Division I conference, the Great West does not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. However, the league's tournament champion will receive a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Conference awards & honors
Great West Player of the Week
Throughout the conference season, the Great West offices name a player of the week.
|Week||Player of the week|
|November 18||Jordan Swarbrick, UVU|
|November 23||Mario Flaherty, HBU|
|November 30||Jake Thomas, USD|
|December 7||Jordan Swarbrick, UVU|
|December 14||Mitchell Bouie, USD|
|December 21||Steve Smith, USD|
|December 28||Carl Montgomery, CSU|
|January 4||Tyler Cain, USD|
|January 11||Corey Claitt, UVU|
- South Dakota Chosen to Win Inaugural Great West Basketball Championship, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- Great West Granted Automatic Bid Into CIT Field, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- Utah Valley Sweeps First 2009-10 Basketball Player of the Week Honors, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
- HBU's Flaherty Named Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
- South Dakota's Thomas Selected Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
- Utah Valley's Swarbrick Chosen Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- South Dakota's Bouie Selected Player of the Week , Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- South Dakota's Smith Selected Player of the Week , Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Chicago State's Carl Montgomery Selected Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- South Dakota's Tyler Cain Chosen Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
- Utah Valley's Corey Claitt Named Player of the Week, Great West Conference. Retrieved 2010-01-11.