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San Diego, CA- San Diego State Aztec’s Xavier Thames and Steve Fisher today were named Mountain West Player and Coach of the Year.
The Aztecs were well recognized for their amazing season by the Mountain West, as Xavier Thames was named to the all-Mountain West first team and the all-defensive team with teammate Skylar Spencer. Josh Davis, who was named Mountain West Conference newcomer of the year and was named to the all-Mountain West third team. Dwayne Polee II whose play in Saturdays comeback win over New Mexico for the Mountain West Conference Regular Season Championship on defense and his play on offense of the bench this season garnered him the title of Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year. JJ O’Brien and Winston Shepard were also named honorable mention all-Mountain West.
Josh Davis and Dwayne Polee II are the first players in program history to win their respective awards.
Thames, is the eighth player in school history to be named conference player of the year, the fifth to be named to the all-defensive team and the first player in the program’s history two win both in the same season. Thames lead the Aztecs in scoring with 17.8 points per game, assists, steals, three-pointers (23) and free-throw percentage. Thames also scored a career-high 31-point points against Utah State this season. Plain and simple, Xavier Thames is the heart and soul of this team and the Aztecs would’t be where they are as a team this season and as a program if it wasn’t for the play of Thames throughout his three years as an Aztec.
For Coach Fisher this is his third MW Coach-of-the-Year Award, as the Aztecs won 16 games in conference this season the most conference wins in a single season in program history and their eighth Mountain West Conference Championship.