#AztecMBB Fourth in MW Preseason Poll; Davis Top Newcomer

Oct. 8, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State has been picked to finish in fourth place in the yearly Mountain West Preseason Media Poll, the league announced Tuesday morning. The Aztecs, who boast the preseason newcomer of the year in Josh Davis, earned 212 points, just two shy of second-place holders UNLV and Boise State.

SDSU, which was the only team of the preseason poll's top four to advance past the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, found itself behind New Mexico, the Runnin' Rebels and Broncos. The Lobos garnered 263 points and 23 of 24 first-place votes. UNLV, meanwhile, picked up the other first-place tally in tying BSU for second place, just ahead of the Aztecs.

The fourth-place appointment marks the ninth consecutive year in which San Diego State has finished in the upper half of the poll. The last time the Aztecs were not picked to win the league was in 2011-12 when they ultimately won the Mountain West regular-season title, advanced to the NCAA tournament and finished 22nd in the final Associated Press Top-25 Poll.

Davis, meanwhile, was named the MW's top newcomer after transferring to Montezuma Mesa from Tulane prior to the 2013-14 academic year. The graduate student enjoyed one of the more outstanding seasons in 2012-13 as he ranked fourth nationally in double-doubles (19) and eighth in rebounding (10.7), while leading the Green Wave to the postseason. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Davis also averaged 17.6 points and shot 49.2 percent from the field en route to earning first-team all-Conference USA honors.

Davis is the third SDSU men's basketball player in the last three seasons to earn the league's top-newcomer billing and sixth in Mountain West program history. Teammates Xavier Thames (2011-12) and Dwayne Polee II (2012-13) preceded Davis in earning the distinction.

San Diego State is coming off a school-record fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament where it advanced past the second round for the second time in three seasons. Last year, the Aztecs finished with a 23-11 record, which represented their eighth-consecutive campaign of 20 or more wins, and their postseason berth was their eighth in a row as well.

2013-14 MW Preseason Media Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes)	Points
1. New Mexico (23)	263
T2. UNLV (1)		214
T2. Boise State		214
5. Utah State		156
6. Colorado State	142
7. Wyoming		112
8. Fresno State		96
9. Nevada		84
10. Air Force		61
11. San José State	30

Preseason All-Mountain West Team Anthony Drmic, Boise State Derrick Marks, Boise State Deonte Burton, Nevada Alex Kirk, New Mexico Kendall Williams, New Mexico Khem Birch, UNLV

Preseason Player of the Year Kendall Williams, New Mexico

Preseason Newcomer of the Year Josh Davis, San Diego State

Preseason Freshman of the Year Kendall Smith, UNLV

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