CHICAGO — On the eve of the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Great West Conference Tournament, the league has announced 2011-12 All-Conference selections. Utah Valley University was well-represented, with all five starters receiving honors and head coach Dick Hunsaker named the conference's Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Isiah Williams and Geddes Robinson were both named to the first team, while Ben Aird and Holton Hunsaker received second team honors. Keith Thompson was an honorable mention All-Conference selection while Alfonzo Hubbard was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year and to the All-Newcomer Team.
"Individual honors are sprouted out of team success," said Dick Hunsaker. "I'm happy for those that have been recognized for their play."
Williams averaged 17.8 ppg in conference games to lead all players while helping UVU to a 9-1 mark and its second straight conference championship. He's averaging 15.8 per game overall on the season as the Wolverines are currently 20-11 heading into the conference tournament.
Robinson, who was an honorable mention selection last season, ranks as the top rebounder in the league for the second straight season. He is also among the national leaders, ranking 17th with 10.2 boards per contest. His 10.0 points per game make him the only player in the league to average a double-double.
Aird (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is a repeat selection on the second team while Hunsaker (10.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg) was named the second team after receiving honorable mention as a freshman a season ago. Thompson is averaging 9.0 points per game and 4.3 rebounds, while Hubbard chips in 7.2 points and 4.3 boards.
The Wolverines are the top seed and will play on Friday at noon against the winner of Thursday's NJIT/Houston Baptist.
2011-12 All-Great West Conference Men’s Basketball Team Player of the Year: Isaiah Wilkerson, NJIT Newcomer of the Year: Jeremy Robinson, Chicago State Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Maree, Texas-Pan American Sixth Man Award: Alfonzo Hubbard, Utah Valley Coach of the Year: Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley
First Team Jared Maree, Texas-Pan American Brandon Provost, Texas-Pan American Geddes Robinson, Utah Valley Isaiah Wilkerson, NJIT * Isiah Williams, Utah Valley *
Second Team Ben Aird, Utah Valley ** Chris Flores, NJIT ** Troy Huff, North Dakota ** Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley Patrick Mitchell, North Dakota *--repeat first-team selection **--repeat second-team selectionComment on this story
Honorable Mention: Aaron Anderson, North Dakota; Terry Bembry, Houston Baptist; Brandon Brekke, North Dakota; Joe Latas, Houston Baptist; Jeremy Robinson, Chicago State; Tyler Russell, Houston Baptist; Ardarius Simmons, Chicago State; Keith Thompson, Utah Valley; Aaron Urbanus, Texas-Pan American; Jamal Webb, North Dakota
All-Newcomer Team: Jesus Delgado, Texas-Pan American; Alfonzo Hubbard, Utah Valley; Joe Latas, Houston Baptist; Jeremy Robinson, Chicago State; Tyler Russell, Houston Baptist.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit http://www.WolverineGreen.com