Utah State men's basketball: Preston Medlin and Brockeith Pane earn All-WAC honors, Kyisean Reed makes All-Newcomer team
Utah State’s Preston Medlin earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors, Brockeith Pane was named to the honorable mention team and Kyisean Reed was named to the WAC’s all-newcomer team as the league announced its postseason teams Sunday.
With Medlin’s honor, Utah State has now had 21 first-team all-conference selections over the last 13 seasons. For USU, it is the 13th straight year it has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had nine first-team All-WAC players in its seven years in the league and 33 first-team all-conference selections in the last 34 years.
Medlin becomes the first Utah State sophomore to earn first-team all-league honors in its seven years in the WAC and only the second Aggie to ever accomplish the feat.
Nevada's Deonte Burton was named WAC Player of the Year, while Louisiana Tech’s Raheem Appleby was named the league's Freshman of the Year and Nevada’s David Carter was named the WAC’s Coach of the Year.
USU had claimed player of the year honors from the WAC three times in the last four seasons as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008, Gary Wilkinson in 2009 and Tai Wesley in 2011, while Stew Morrill had won three-straight Don Haskins Coach of the Year awards.
Medlin, a 6-4, 175-pound sophomore guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) is averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from 3-point range and 79.5 percent at the free-throw line.
He currently ranks first in the WAC in 3-point shooting, third in scoring, seventh in free-throw shooting, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64), 10th in assists, and 10th in overall shooting. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures a team-leading 26 times this year, including in each of his last 14 games.
Pane, a 6-1, 195-pound senior guard from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Midland Texas JC) is averaging 12.4 points and 3.97 assists, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from 3-point range and 80.0 percent at the free-throw line.
He currently ranks fifth in the WAC in free-throw shooting, seventh in assists, and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40). Pane has scored in double-figures 22 times this year to rank second on the team behind Medlin (26).
For Pane, it is the second-straight year that he has been honored by the WAC as he was named to the league’s first team as a junior.
Reed, a 6-6, 215-pound junior forward from Palmdale, Calif. (Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC) is averaging 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.10 blocks per game, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 63.6 percent at the free-throw line. He currently ranks first in the WAC in field-goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 13th in rebounding.
Utah State (17-14, 8-6) is the fourth seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play Louisiana Tech (16-15, 6-8) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Utah State swept the season series with the Bulldogs, winning 69-65 in Ruston, La. and 77-63 in Logan. Overall, USU is 14-2 all-time against LTU, including a 2-0 record in the WAC Tournament.
2011-12 WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Award Winners
Vander Joaquim, Hawaii, C, 6-10, Jr., Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah)
Deonte Burton, Nevada, G, 6-1, So., Los Angeles, Calif. (Compton Centenial HS)
Olek Czyz, Nevada, F, 6-7, Sr., Gdynia, Poland (Duke)
Wendell McKines, New Mexico State, F, 6-6, Sr., Oakland, Calif. (Richmond HS)
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