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Nevada's Jalen Harris, Jazz Johnson, Nisré Zouzoua earn All-Mountain West honors

Jalen Harris
Jalen Harris was named All-Mountain West first team on Monday. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

San Diego State's historic regular season ended with the Aztecs earning the Mountain West player of the year (Malachi Flynn) and coach of the year (Brian Dutcher) awards when the conference's postseason honors were handed out Monday.

Nevada had three players honored in Jalen Harris (first-team All-MW), Jazz Johnson (second-team All-MW) and Nisré Zouzoua (sixth man of the year). Lindsey Drew also was named honorable mention all-conference. Voting was based on conference play only.

Harris earned two votes for MW player of the year and two for MW newcomer of the year. In MW action, Harris led the conference in scoring and was the only player in the league to finish in the top 15 in points (25.3), rebounds (5.9) and assists (3.9). Harris finished in the top six in the conference in field-goal percent (49.2), 3-point percent (41.4) and free throw percent (81.1). He was one of only two players to accomplish that along with Utah State's Sam Merrill. Harris scored the third-most points in MW action in conference history.

Johnson elevated from last year's MW sixth man of the year to third-team all-conference this season. Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury in conference play, Johnson was ninth in the MW in scoring (15 ppg) and fourth in 3-point accuracy (39.8 percent).

Zouzoua rebounded from a down season in 2018-19 to become the MW's sixth man of the year. He led the conference's reserves in scoring at 10.1 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent shooting from three in MW action. Zouzoua received eight of the 11 votes for sixth man of the year.

Flynn, a 6-foot-1 transfer from Washington State, averaged 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season and received nine of a possible 11 votes for player of the year. Nevada's Harris earned the other two votes from the select media panel. Flynn also was named the conference's newcomer of the year.

Dutcher, in his third year as head coach and 21st season overall at SDSU, received all 11 media votes for coach of the year. He was the only unanimous pick among the top awards. It is Dutcher's first coach of the year award.

Utah State sophomore center Neemias Queta was voted defensive player of the year for a second consecutive season. Colorado State guard Isaiah Stevens was voted freshman of the year. Nevada's Zouzoua rounded out the top honors by winning sixth man of the year.

Voting was conducted independent of MW oversight by media covering teams in all 11 league markets. In markets where more than one outlet covers a team closely, beat reporters from competing publications or outlets submitted a joint ballot, giving each market one vote.

Vote totals are included for all awards and all-conference selections. The MW coaches will release their awards later this week.

All-Mountain West first team

Malachi Flynn, San Diego State (163 points)

Jalen Harris, Nevada (156)

Sam Merrill, Utah State (141)

Bryce Hamilton, UNLV (129)

Justinian Jessup, Boise State (99)

All-Mountain West second team

Nico Carvacho, Colorado State (94)

Matt Mitchell, San Diego State (87)

Derrick Alston Jr., Boise State (79)

Neemias Queta, Utah State (77)

Justin Bean, Utah State (63)

All-Mountain West third team

Jazz Johnson, Nevada (47)

Yanni Wetzel, San Diego State (41)

Lavelle Scottie, Air Force (32)

Seneca Knight, San Jose State (25)

(tie) Nate Grimes, Fresno State (19)

(tie) Hunter Maldonado, Wyoming (19)

All-Mountain West honorable mention

Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State (14); JaQuan Lyle, New Mexico (12); K.J. Feagin, San Diego State (6); David Roddy, Colorado State (6); Amauri Hardy, UNLV (5); Lindsey Drew, Nevada (4); Orlando Robinson, Fresno State (2)

Player of the year

Malachi Flynn, San Diego State (9)

Others receiving votes: Jalen Harris, Nevada (2)

Coach of the year

Brian Dutcher, San Diego State (11)

Defensive player of the year

Neemias Queta, Utah State (6)

Others receiving votes: K.J. Feagin, San Diego State (2); Malachi Flynn, San Diego State (2); Justin Bean, Utah State (1)

Newcomer of the year

Malachi Flynn, San Diego State (9)

Others receiving votes: Jalen Harris, Nevada (2)

Freshman of the year

Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State (9)

Others receiving votes: Orlando Robinson, Fresno State (1); David Roddy, Colorado State (1)

Sixth man of the year

Nisré Zouzoua, Nevada (8)

Others receiving votes: Diogo Brito, Utah State (1); Alex Hobbs, Boise State (1); Elijah Mitrou-Long, UNLV (1).

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