LAS VEGAS, Nev. The Mountain West released its 2019-20 Preseason All-Conference Men’s Basketball team Tuesday morning in conjunction with the start of media day at Green Valley Ranch. Senior forward Lavelle Scottie of Air Force was named to the five-man team.
The preseason team, as selected by members of the media, is made up of three seniors, a junior and a sophomore. Of the seven preseason honorees, five earned all-conference accolades at the end of 2018-19.
Utah State’s Sam Merrill was selected Preseason Mountain West Player of the Year, while San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn was named Preseason MW Newcomer of the Year and Nevada’s K.J. Hymes garnered Preseason MW Freshman of the Year accolades.
A two-time team captain, Scottie garnered All-Mountain West Third Team accolades in 2018-19. The senior forward led the Falcons in scoring the past two seasons and averaged 15.3 points per game as a junior. In MW play, Scottie averaged 18.0 points per game last year. Scottie is the first Falcon to make the preseason all-conference team since Jacob Burtschi in 2006.
Joining Scottie on the preseason all-conference team are Boise State’s Derrick Alston, Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho and Utah State’s Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta.
In addition to the all-conference team, the preseason poll, as voted by the media, was announced, with the Falcons predicted to finish eighth in the MW. Utah State was picked to finish first, followed by San Diego State and New Mexico. Air Force finished 6th in the MW in 2018-19, going 14-18 overall and 8-10 in MW play.
2019-20 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM:
Pos. Name Yr. Team
F Lavelle Scottie Sr. Air Force
G Derrick Alston Jr. Boise State
F/C Nico Carvacho Sr. Colorado State
G Sam Merrill Sr. Utah State
C Neemias Queta So. Utah State
Preseason Player of the Year:
Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State
Preseason Newcomer of the Year:
Malachi Flynn, Jr., G, San Diego State
Preseason Freshman of the Year:
K.J. Hymes, F, Nevada
2019-20 MOUNTAIN WEST PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Utah State (17) 187
2. San Diego State 150
3. New Mexico 141
4. Nevada 135
5. Boise State 128
6. Fresno State 103
7. UNLV 89
8. Air Force 76
9. Colorado State 59
10. Wyoming 36
11. San José State 17