Three Runnin' Rebels Earn All-MWC Honors
March 8, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV men's basketball junior Tre'Von Willis and sophomores Chace Stanback and Oscar Bellfield were all recognized as part of the All-Mountain West Conference awards announced by the league on Monday.
Willis, a 6-4 guard from Fresno, Calif., was selected to the All-MWC first team, while Stanback, a 6-8 guard/forward from Los Angeles, was named to the third team, and Bellfield, a 6-2 guard also from Los Angeles, earned honorable mention. Willis and Stanback were both named as members of the league's all-defensive squad.
This year marks the first for all three players to be mentioned as all-conference honorees, which were selected by the league's nine head coaches along with a selected media panel.
UNLV, which finished the regular season with a 23-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in conference play, is the No. 3 seed for this week's MWC Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin' Rebels will face No. 6 seed Utah in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Willis leads the Runnin' Rebels in scoring and finished second in scoring in the MWC in conference-only games with 19.7 ppg. He was fourth in field-goal percentage at .490, sixth in free-throw percentage at .815, tied for sixth in assists with 3.9 apg, seventh in assist/turnover ratio and tied for seventh in steals with 1.3 spg.
Willis started all 16 conference games and scored in double figures in 15 of the 16 contests. He scored 20 or more points in each of his first six conference games this season and finished league play with eight games of 20 or more points, including three at 30 or more. He led UNLV in scoring in 11 conference games and made at least one 3-pointer in 15 of the 16 games.
Stanback, who also started all of UNLV's conference games, finished league play tied for fifth in steals with 1.4 spg, was sixth in rebounding with 6.5 rpg (led the team), sixth in field-goal percentage at .455, tied for seventh in blocked shots with 0.9 bpg and was tied for 10th in scoring with 12.3 ppg. He scored in double figures in 11 of 16 games, including 18 or more points four times. Stanback led UNLV in scoring in three games and rebounding eight times.
Bellfield started all 16 games and ranked first in the conference in assists with 5.3 apg and first in assist/turnover ratio at 3.0. He scored in double figures in four league games, with a high of 15 points against New Mexico. He tallied at least five assists in a game in nine league contests, with his high of 10 coming against Air Force with no turnovers in that game. He had games of at least eight assists four times and made at least one 3-pointer in a game in 15 of 16 games.
Joining Willis on the first team were BYU's Jimmer Fredette, New Mexico's Dairese Gary and Darington Hobson, and San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard, while the second team included BYU's Jackson Emery, Colorado State's Andy Ogide, New Mexico's Roman Martinez, San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas and TCU's Ronnie Moss.
Along with Stanback, the third team included BYU's Tyler Haws and Jonathan Tavernari, Utah's Carlon Brown and Wyoming's Desmar Jackson.
Honorable mention went to Air Force's Evan Washington, New Mexico's Phillip McDonald, San Diego State's D.J. Gay and Billy White, TCU's Zvonko Buljan, Bellfield, and Utah's Luka Drca and Marshall Henderson.
The all-defensive team was made up of Stanback, Willis, Emery, Gary and Utah's David Foster.
The Player of the Year in the conference along with Newcomer of the Year went to Hobson, Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Foster, Freshman of the Year went to Leonard, Sixth Man of the Year went to Tavernari and Coach of the Year was awarded to New Mexico's Steve Alford.