Thursday, March 1, 2012

Damian Lillard is the Big Sky Player of the Year

The Big Sky released their awards on Thursday, and to no surprise, Damian Lillard is the Big Sky MVP.

For the second time in his career, Weber State’s Damian Lillard has been selected as the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball Most Valuable Player.

Lillard highlighted the individual award winners and the All-Conference Team, which was selected by the league head coaches and released by the conference on Thursday.

Lillard, a 6-foot-3, junior guard from Oakland, Calif., was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Conference First Team. Montana guard Will Cherry, who also captured Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous selection, as was Portland State senior guard Charles Odum.
The awards are as follows:

G Cliff Colimon (Eastern Washington)
G Will Cherry (Montana)
G Kareem Jamar (Montana)
F Chehales Tapscott (Portland State)
G Charles Odum (Portland State)
G Damian Lillard (Weber State)

Chase Grabau (Idaho State)
Kenny McGowen (Idaho State)
F Derek Selvig (Montana)
F Art Steward (Montana)
G Scott Bamforth (Weber State)

F Collin Chiverton (Eastern Washington)
G Shawn Reid (Montana State)
F Mike Proctor (Northern Colorado)
G Dylan Garrity (Sacramento State)
C Kyle Tresnak (Weber State)

MVP: Damian Lillard (Weber State)
Defensive Player of the Year: Will Cherry (Montana)
Freshman of the Year: Dylan Garrity (Sacramento State)
Newcomer of the Year: Collin Chiverton (Eastern Washington)

Congrats to everyone that got honored. Tough to argue much with any of the choices... after the season I will have a much more comprehensive look, as that will be an ideal time to devote my energies to really diving into the all-conference teams and awards.

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