March 10, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Boise State's Anthony Drmic and Ryan Watkins were named All-Mountain West Second Team, the conference announced Monday. Derrick Marks earned honorable mention accolades. This is the second-straight year two Broncos were named to the second team. Drmic repeated the honor.
Watkins averaged 13.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in MW play. He not only led the conference in rebounding, but set the single-season conference-only records with 225 rebounds and 104 on the offensive end, breaking previous marks of 190 and 70, respectively. His 12.5 rebounds per game tie Andrew Bogut's conference record from 2004-05 (175 in 14 games). Watkins recorded a double-double in 12 of the 18 conference games, tying Kawhi Leonard's MW record for conference-only games. He led the MW in total offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds, ranking first in offensive boards per game and second in defensive rebounds per game. Watkins led the league in offensive rebounds by 31 and only three players had more defensive rebounds than he had on the offensive end.
The senior forward was the only Bronco to start all 18 MW games, playing a team-high 599 minutes (33.3 per game). His 13.6 points per game were second on the team and 16th in the conference. He became the first player in conference history with 200 points and 200 rebounds during MW games. He shot a team-best 55.1 percent from the floor and hit 76.1 percent of his free throws, making a team-high 70. Watkins also recorded 21 assists, 19 blocks and 13 steals against MW foes.
Drmic led Boise State in scoring at 14.8 points per game in 17 MW contests. He was one of the most accurate marksmen in the league, no matter where on the floor. Drmic ranked in the top six in the conference in field goal percentage (43.4 percent; sixth), three-point percentage (37.6; sixth) and free throw percentage (84.3; fourth). The junior was second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game and dished out 29 assists.
Drmic was also a second-team All-MW selection last season after leading the conference in scoring. He earned honorable mention after his freshman season.
Marks also earned his third postseason honor in as many seasons. This is his second honorable mention nod. He joined Drmic on the second team in 2013. The junior guard scored 13.3 points per game, grabbed 2.8 rebounds per game and led the Broncos with 47 assists in 18 conference games. His 1.2 steals per game in conference play tied for sixth in the league.
The No. 6 Broncos open their stay at the Mountain West Tournament Wednesday, against No. 11 San Jose State. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. (PT) from Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It will be streamed on the Mountain West Network, available at BroncoSports.com.
For a complete list of the conference awards, click here: http://www.themw.com/#!/news-detail/mw_14_mbb_allconf_03-10-14_m247js