Gibson, Rolle Earn All-WAC Honors

March 7, 2010


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Louisiana Tech seniors Kyle Gibson and Magnum Rolle were named to the Western Athletic Conference second team on Sunday by a vote of the league coaches.

Both Gibson and Rolle were also two of five players named to the all-defensive team. Junior DeAndre Brown earned all-newcomer honors to round out the Bulldog award winners.

Gibson, a guard from Los Angeles, earned the award for the second-consecutive season. He is averaging 19.1 points a game and has scored in double-digits in all but one game this season when healthy. Tech's eighth all-time leading scorer is just five three pointers away from tying the career record at Louisiana Tech.

Rolle, a forward from Freeport, Bahamas, is the Bulldog's second-leading scorer averaging 14.5 points a game while leading the team in rebounding (8.8 rpg). Rolle has been even better in conference play averaging 15.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Eleven times this season he has recorded a double-double and has scored at least 10 points 23 times. Rolle was named to the all-defensive team for the second-consecutive season. He leads the WAC in blocks with 69.

Joining Gibson and Rolle on the second team were Paul George (FSU), Armon Johnson (UN) and Jonathan Gibson (NMSU).

Brown, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, has been a welcome addition as the team's starting point guard after transferring from Navarro Junior College. He is averaging 11.1 points a game and recording at least five assists nine times. With Brown orchestrating the offense, the Bulldogs are scoring 74.9 points a game, up significantly over last season's 63.3.

Along with Brown, the all-newcomer team consisted of Daequon Montreal (BSU), Greg Smith (FSU), Nate Bendall (USU) and Brian Green (USU).

Nevada's Luke Babbitt was named the WAC Player of the Year and was joined by Jahmar Young (NMSU), Adrian Oliver (SJSU), Jared Quayle (USU) and Tai Wesley (USU) on the first team.

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was the named the WAC Coach of the Year.

As a No. 4 seed, Louisiana Tech will take on No. 5 seed Fresno State Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CT at the Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada campus. The game from Reno, Nev. will be broadcast on ESPNU.


First Team

Luke Babbitt, Nevada, F, 6-9, 225, So., Reno, Nev. (Galena HS)

Jahmar Young, New Mexico State, G, 6-4, 180, Jr., Baltimore, Md. (Laurinberg Prep)

Adrian Oliver, San Jose State, G, 6-4, 210, Jr., Modesto, Calif. (Washington)

Jared Quayle, Utah State, G, 6-1, 180, Sr., Perry, Utah (Western Wyoming CC)

Tai Wesley, Utah State, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Provo, Utah (Provo HS)

Second Team

Paul George, Fresno State, G/F, 6-8, 215, So., Palmdale, Calif. (Pete Knight HS)

Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-5, 205, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)

Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech, F/C, 6-11, 220, Sr., Freeport, Bahamas (LSU)

Armon Johnson, Nevada, G, 6-3, 195, Jr., Reno, Nev. (Hug HS)

Jonathan Gibson, New Mexico State, G, 6-1, 171, Sr., West Covina, Calif. (Calvary Christian)

Honorable Mention

Daequon Montreal, Boise State, F, 6-8, 220, Jr., Syracuse, N.Y. (College of Southern Idaho)

Sylvester Seay, Fresno State, F, 6-10, 235, Sr., San Bernardino, Calif. (Arizona State)

Roderick Flemings, Hawai`i, F, 6-7, 210, Sr., Dallas, Texas (Weatherford College)

Mac Hopson, Idaho, G, 6-2, 185, Sr., Portland, Ore. (Washington State)

Wendell McKines, New Mexico State, F, 6-6, 224, Jr., Oakland, Calif. (Richmond HS)

Player of the Year: Luke Babbitt, Nevada

Freshman of the Year: Greg Smith, Fresno State

Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Stew Morrill, Utah State

All-Defensive Team

Marvin Jefferson, Idaho, C, 6-10, 245, Sr., Merced, Calif. (Modesto JC)

Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-5, 205, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)

Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech, F/C, 6-11, 220, Sr., Freeport, Bahamas (LSU)

Dario Hunt, Nevada, F, 6-8, 230, So., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Charis Prep)

Pooh Williams, Utah State, G/F, 6-3, 200, Jr., Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way HS)

All-Newcomer Team

Daequon Montreal, Boise State, F, 6-8, 220, Jr., Syracuse, N.Y. (College of Southern Idaho)

Greg Smith, Fresno State, C, 6-10, 250, Fr., Fresno, Calif. (Westwind Academy/Edison HS)

DeAndre Brown, Louisiana Tech, G, 5-11, 160, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas (Navarro JC)

Nate Bendall, Utah State, F, 6-9, 245, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah (Salt Lake CC)

Brian Green, Utah State, G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kaysville, Utah (Salt Lake CC)




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