The Western Athletic Conference's top two scorers - Ray Dudley of Air Force and Brigham Young's Michael Smith - head the All-WAC basketball team.
WAC tournament champion Texas-El Paso, runner-up Colorado State and New Mexico each placed two players among the 11 players on the first and second teams named Tuesday.In the meantime, UTEP senior guard Tim Hardaway was named the league's Player of the Year and CSU guard Joel Tribelhorn was named Newcomer of the Year in balloting by the conference's head coaches.
University of Hawaii coach Riley Wallace was named WAC Coach of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches and athletic directors. Wallace, in his second season as Hawaii's head coach, led the Rainbows to a 17-12 record and an NIT berth, their first post-season berth since 1974. The Rainbows, who were 4-25 last season, produced the biggest single-season turnaround in WAC history.
Smith, a 6-10 senior who was named to the first team for the third straight year, is the WAC's second-leading career scorer with 2,319 points, and he scored an average of 26.4 points per game this season to place him right behind Dudley. He also led the conference in rebounding, averaging 8.55 per game, and in free-throw percentage, 92.5.
Dudley, a 6-foot junior guard and Air Force's all-time leading scorer, averaged 26.6 points per game this season. He also hit 65 three-point goals in WAC games and became the first Air Force player ever to lead the league in scoring.
Joining Dudley and Smith on the first team were Pat Durham of Colorado State, Reggie Cross of Hawaii and Hardaway.
Durham, a 6-8 senior, led Colorado State to its first WAC regular-season championship and its first berth in the NCAA tournament in 20 years. He averaged 19 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and became the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Cross, a 6-7 senior, averaged 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, connecting on 53 percent of his shots from the field and 79 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Hardaway, the fifth member of the All-WAC first team, became his school's all-time leading scorer this season. He also averaged 21.8 points per game, led the league in steals with 88 and was third in assists with an average of 5.35 per game.
The All-WAC second team consisted of New Mexico's Charlie Thomas, a 6-7 senior, and Luc Longley, a 7-2 sophomore; Wyoming's Robyn Davis, a 6-4 senior; UTEP's Antonio Davis, a 6-9 junior; Mitch Smith of Utah, a 6-8 senior; and Colorado State's Joel Tribelhorn, a 6-foot senior.
Named honorable mention were Rob Robbins and Darrell McGee of New Mexico, Reggie Fox of Wyoming, Marty Haws of Brigham Young, Mitch McMullen of San Diego State, Terry Houston of Hawaii and Prince Stewart of UTEP.