McDaniels Named to All-Conference Third Team By MW Media

March 4, 2018 March 4, 2018

DENVER - San Diego State freshman forward Jalen McDaniels has been named to the all-Mountain West third team by the media that covers the league on a regular basis. Senior forward Malik Pope, meanwhile, was voted as an honorable mention selection.

Hailing from Federal Way, Washington, McDaniels landed on the all-MW third team after a regular season that saw him average 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, while shooting 59.8 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the charity stripe. He has played in all 29 games, making 17 starts, all of which have come in the final 18 games of the season (did not start on Senior Night).

The forward started to come of age toward the end of the non-conference season with two double-doubles in the last three games (vs. Bradley, vs. No. 12/15 Gonzaga) leading into Mountain West action. Against league foes, McDaniels led the Aztecs in points scored (226), rebounding (8.5), field-goal percentage (.628) and free-throw percentage (.813), and was second to Pope in scoring average (12.6). He recorded 13 double-figure scoring games (16 overall), seven double-digit rebounding efforts (10 overall) and six double-doubles (8 overall) against MW competition.

Pope earned his first all-conference award after a season in which he led San Diego State in scoring (12.8) and blocked shots (32), and ranked second on the team in rebounding (7.0) and field-goal percentage (.512). Pope in his final season set career highs across the board, setting new personal records for scoring, rebounding, field-goal percetnage, blocked shots and steals, and is four assists shy of matching his career high in that category.

In conference play, the forward averaged a team-best 13.1 points and ranked second to McDaniels in rebounding (7.0) and field-goal percentage (.497). Of his 19 double-figure scoring games this season, 14 occurred vs. Mountain West foes, to go along with two of his three double-digit rebounding performances.

Nine of 11 Mountain West markets turned in ballots. In markets where more than one outlet covers a team closely, beat reporters from competing publications put together a joint ballot.

Voters ranked their top 15 players for first-, second- and third-team all-MW with their player-of-the-year pick receiving 15 points and the last man on the third-team receiving one point.

San Diego State returns to action on Thursday as the fifth-seeded team at the MW Championship. The Aztecs will face No. 4-seed Fresno State in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. PT at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

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