Aggies Picked First, Second in WAC Preseason Polls
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/24/2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Oct. 24)-The New Mexico State men's basketball team was voted to win the WAC title in the WAC Coaches' Preseason poll and second in the media poll. Senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings earned Preseason All-WAC honors.

The 10 head coaches selected the Aggies to finish first with five first-place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first-place votes and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and tenth, respectively.

Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin was tabbed as the league's preseason player of the year. Mullings earned a first-team nod along with Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, Idaho center Kyle Barone and Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby. Second-team selections include Kevin Butler (UT Arlington), Jeromie Hill (UTSA), James Kinney (San Jose State), Kyisean Reed (Utah State) and Watson.

The conference media poll selected Utah State as this year's favorite. Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. Denver garnered 181 points and one first-place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first-place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in tenth.

Medlin was named the preseason player of the year, and Utah State junior forward/center Jarred Shaw, a transfer from Oklahoma State, was picked as the preseason newcomer of the year. The All-WAC team included Medlin, Appleby, Barone, Mullings and Udofia.

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

 Rank     Teams (1st Place Votes)               Points

1.            New Mexico State (5)                    77

2.            Utah State (5)                                    76

3.            Denver                                                 65

4.            Louisiana Tech                                   54

5.            UT Arlington                                       48

6.            Idaho                                                    45

7.            UTSA                                                     31

8.            Seattle U                                             22

9.            San Jose State                                   18

10.          Texas State                                         14                          

Preseason All-WAC Teams

First Team

Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech

Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho            

Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State

Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Second Team

Kevin Butler, Sr., F, UT Arlington

Jeromie Hill, Jr., F, UTSA

James Kinney, Sr., G, San Jose State

Kyisean Reed, Sr., F, Utah State

Tyrone Watson, Sr., F, New Mexico State

Player of the Year: Preston Medlin, Utah State

2012-13 Preseason Men's Basketball Media Poll

 Rank     Teams (1st Place Votes)               Points

1.            Utah State (15)                                 232

2.            New Mexico State (8)                    223

3.            Denver (1)                                          181

4.            Louisiana Tech                                   162

5.            Idaho                                                    144

6.            UT Arlington (1)                                                137

7.            UTSA                                                     104

8.            Seattle U                                             77

9.            San Jose State                                   61

10.          Texas State                                         54

Preseason All-WAC Media Team

Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech

Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho

Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State

Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Preseason Player of the Year: Preston Medlin, Jr., G, Utah State

Newcomer of the Year: Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

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