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Weber State basketball: Damian Lillard named Big Sky MVP

Published: Thursday, March 1 2012 3:45 p.m. MST

Damian Lillard (right) of the Weber State Wildcats has his shot blocked by Chehales Tapscott of Portland State during the first half of play at the Dee Events Center in Ogden Thursday, February 5, 2012.

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Weber State's Damian Lillard was named the 2011-12 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Lillard was also a unanimous selection to the All-Conference first team.

Weber State's Scott Bamforth earned second-team all-conference honors and Kyle Tresnak earned honorable-mention honors. Lillard becomes just the fourth athlete in Big Sky history to win conference MVP honors twice in his career. He earned the honor as a sophomore in the 2009-10 season.

He joins Harold Arceneaux (1999 and 2000) as the only other Wildcat to win the award twice and he is one of seven Wildcats to ever earn MVP honors since the league began the award in 1978-79. This is Lillard's third season as a first-team All-Big Sky selection, becoming just the 19th player in conference history and the fifth Wildcat to earn all-conference honors three times. Lillard is having one of the best seasons in Weber State history, leading Weber State to a 23-5 overall record and a 14-2 mark in Big Sky play.

He has led the nation in scoring for most of the season and currently is second in the country with an average of 24.5 points per game, the best single-season average in Weber State history. He has scored in double figures in all 28 games this season and has scored 20 or more points 18 times, 30 or more eight times, and has scored 40 or more points twice this season.

Lillard, a native of Oakland, Calif., ranks sixth in the nation in 3-pointers per game and is 17th in the country in free throw percentage at 88.3 percent.

Bamforth is the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Big Sky. He averaged 15.4 points per game in Big Sky games. He is also second in the league and 21st in the nation in free throw percentage at 87.9 percent. He is third in the league in 3-pointers made per game at 2.5 and ranks 11th in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.9 percent. His 71 3-pointers made this season ranks as the eighth most in WSU single-season history.

Tresnak averaged 10.1 points during the regular season and 10.8 points per game in Big Sky games. The sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks fifth in the Big Sky in field goal percentage, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, and ranks 14th in blocked shots.

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