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Butterfield & Shaw Earn Men's Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Accolades


Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014


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Utah State men's basketball seniors Spencer Butterfield and Jarred Shaw were the first Utah State men's basketball players to earn all-Mountain West honors. The pair was tabbed to the league's honorable mention list. (photo from Athletics website)

Utah State [University] men's basketball seniors Spencer Butterfield and Jarred Shaw, were the first Utah State men's basketball players to earn all-Mountain West honors, as the pair of Aggies were tabbed to the league's honorable mention list as the MW released the all-conference awards Monday [March 10] prior to the start of the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

The league's 11 men's head coaches, along with a select media panel, picked the All-Conference teams, as well as the coach, player, newcomer, freshman, sixth man and defensive honors.

 

Butterfield and Shaw both earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last season, as well as being named to the WAC's all-Newcomer Team. The Aggies have had at least one player earn all-conference honors of some sort in each of the last nine years and this is the seventh time in the last nine years that multiple USU players have earned all-conference accolades. Overall, it is the 20th time since 1979 that the Aggies have had more than one player on the all-conference honors list.

 

The Aggie duo is the first USU players to earn two all-conference honors since Tai Wesley earned all-WAC accolades in 2010 and 2011. USU men's basketball players have earned 33 all-conference honors under head coach Stew Morrill.

 

"We're always pleased when any of our players get honored on an all-conference team," Morrill said. "Obviously, the higher you finish in the league, the more players get honored at a higher level. That being said, we're certainly pleased for Spencer and Jarred for them being recognized for their accomplishments. We're very proud of their efforts, for sure."

 

Butterfield, a 6-3, guard/forward from Loomis, Calif., (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) is second in the MW-only stats in three-point field goal percentage (.460), while ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (2.2), as well as 19th in scoring (12.8) and 16th in rebounds (5.8). He has posted double-digit points in 14 league games, in addition to double-digit rebounds once. He has netted multiple three-pointers in 13 conference contests, including draining a career-high six treys at San José State on March 1.

 

"It feels great. I'm honored to get that accolade, but we definitely have more things to do as a team," Butterfield said.

 

In the overall MW statistics, Butterfield currently leads the MW in three-point field goal percentage at 47.5 percent (67-of-141), also ranking 16th in scoring (13.3) and tied for 14th in rebounding (6.2). He has made 67 three-pointers in 30 games to rank tied for fifth in three-pointers made with 2.2. Butterfield scored in double-figures in 24 games this season and in 43 of last 53 career games played. The sharpshooting senior has made at least one three-pointer in 29 of the 30 games this season, with the New Mexico game (1/28/14) as the lone game without a trey. He has made a triple in 52 of last 55 games, and has 20 multi three-pointer games this season, including 14 of last 19 games, as part of 34 career multi three-pointer games, including new career-best with six triples at San José State (3/1/14).

 

Shaw, a 6-10 junior center from Dallas, Texas, (Carter HS/Oklahoma State) ranks tied for 14th in MW-only in scoring (13.6), as well as fifth in both rebounds (8.8) and field goal percentage (.455) and eighth in blocked shots (1.2). He has 12 double-figure scoring games during MW play, along with seven double-digit rebounding league games, posting six double-double, during MW action. Shaw has also posted two or more blocked shots in seven conference games.

 

"I wish I could have made a team, but it was good to be honorable mention my first year in the conference. It means a lot, and I'll try to take this and build on it and move forward," Shaw said. "It's a positive thing to earn all-conference two years in a row. It just shows all the hard work that I've put in is paying off somehow, and I just try to keep getting better."

 

In the NCAA stats as of March 10, Shaw ranks 63rd in overall rebounding (8.5), also ranking 26th in defensive rebounds per game (6.48). In the MW overall statistics, Shaw ranks 13th in the MW in scoring (14.4) and seventh in rebounding (8.5), also ranking fifth in field goal percentage (.482), as well as eighth in blocks (1.2). He posted his second-straight and eighth double-double of the season as well as his 17th of career with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Wyoming (3/5/14), which came after 19 points and career-high 17 rebounds at San José State (3/1/14). Shaw has snared at least seven boards in 18 of the last 20 games played and 21 total times this season. He has had double-digit rebounds in nine games this season and 17 career games.

 

San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher earned MW Coach of the Year honors, while the Aztecs' Xavier Thames was selected as the Player of the Year. Additionally, UNLV junior forward Khem Birch garnered Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season, while Fresno State guard/forward Paul Watson was recognized as the Freshman of the Year. San Diego State teammates Josh Davis and Dwayne Polee II were chosen as the Newcomer and Sixth Man of the Year, respectively.

 

Four student-athletes are repeat selections to the All-Conference list in 2013-14, while the remaining 11 make their first appearance on the team. New Mexico's Kendall Williams is the only three-time all-MW honoree among the group, earning first-team accolades for the second straight year following a second-team selection in 2011-12.

 

Fisher received his third MW coaching award after leading the Aztecs to their fourth Mountain West regular-season crown. San Diego State, picked to finish fourth in the league's preseason poll, amassed a 16-2 record in Conference play in 2013-14.

 

 

2013-14 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

(Selected by media and head coaches)

First-Team All-Mountain West

 

Name

Team

Class

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

City, State

Cameron Bairstow

New Mexico

Sr.

F

6-9

250

Brisbane, Australia

Deonte Burton

Nevada*

Sr.

G

6-1

190

Los Angeles, Calif.

Kendall Williams

New Mexico**

Sr.

G

6-4

180

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Xavier Thames

San Diego State

Sr.

G

6-3

195

Sacramento, Calif.

Larry Nance Jr.

Wyoming

Jr.

F

6-8

225

Akron, Ohio

 

Second-Team All-Mountain West

 

Name

Team

Class

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

City, State

Anthony Drmic

Boise State*

Jr.

G/F

6-6

196

Endeavor Hills, Victoria

Ryan Watkins

Boise State

Sr.

F

6-9

229

Canyon Country, Calif.

Daniel Bejarano

Colorado State

Jr.

G

6-4

202

Phoenix, Ariz.

Tyler Johnson

Fresno State

Sr.

G

6-4

186

Mountain View, Calif.

Khem Birch

UNLV

Jr.

F

6-9

220

Montreal, Quebec

 

Third-Team All-Mountain West

 

Name

Team

Class

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

City, State

Tre' Coggins

Air Force

So.

G

6-2

185

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

J.J. Avila

Colorado State

Jr.

F

6-7

246

McAllen, Texas

Alex Kirk

New Mexico*

Jr.

C

7-0

250

Los Alamos, N.M.

Josh Davis

San Diego State

Sr.

F

6-8

215

Raleigh, N.C.

Bryce Dejean-Jones

UNLV

Jr.

G

6-5

210

Los Angeles, Calif.

 

All-Defensive Team

 

Name

Team

Class

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

City, State

Alex Kirk

New Mexico

Jr.

C

7-0

250

Los Alamos, N.M.

Kendall Williams

New Mexico

Sr.

G

6-4

180

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Skylar Spencer

San Diego State

So.

F

6-10

235

Inglewood, Calif.

Xavier Thames

San Diego State

Sr.

G

6-3

195

Sacramento, Calif.

Khem Birch

UNLV

Jr.

F

6-9

220

Montreal, Quebec

Larry Nance Jr.

Wyoming

Jr.

F

6-8

225

Akron, Ohio

 

Honorable Mention All-Mountain West

 

Name

Class

Pos.

School

Derrick Marks

Jr.

G

Boise State

Marvelle Harris

So.

G

Fresno State

Cole Huff

So.

F

Nevada

Hugh Greenwood

Jr.

G

New Mexico

JJ O'Brien

Jr.

F

Diego State

Winston Shepard

So.

F

San Diego State

Roscoe Smith

Jr.

F

UNLV

Spencer Butterfield

Sr.

G/F

Utah State

Jarred Shaw

Sr.

C

Utah State

 

Player of the Year: Xavier Thames, Sr., G, San Diego State

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Khem Birch, Jr., F, UNLV

 

Newcomer of the Year: Josh Davis, Sr., F, San Diego State

 

Freshman of the Year: Paul Watson, Fr., G/F, Fresno State

 

Sixth Man of the Year: Dwayne Polee II, Jr., F, San Diego State

 

Coach of the Year: Steve Fisher, San Diego State

 

*Indicates number of previous All-Conference selections

 

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.



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