Nevada basketball is potentially a top-five pick in the preseason Top 25, but one Mountain West media member doesn't have the Wolf Pack finishing in the top two in its conference.
Nevada was picked to finish first in the MW in the preseason poll, released Tuesday, and grabbed 18 of the 19 first-place votes. But one voter placed San Diego State first and Nevada third in the conference.
With Nevada getting a ton of hype entering the season, perhaps that trinket of information could be used as motivation, although the Wolf Pack got a lot of respect from the 19-person voting panel (the votes remained anonymous).
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Caleb Martin was voted the MW preseason player of the year, an honor he won in 2017-18, and McDonald's All-American Jordan Brown was named the freshman of the year. Both Martin twins as well as Jordan Caroline also were named to the five-person All-MW team. New Mexico's Vance Jackson, a transfer from UConn, was named the newcomer of the year.
Nevada recorded 207 points, easily out-distancing San Diego State (188). Then came New Mexico (153), Boise State (139), Fresno State (138), UNLV (122), Wyoming (88), Colorado State (80), Utah State (78), Air Force (42), and San Jose State (19). The Spartans were picked to finish last in each ballot.
Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
1. Nevada, 207 (18)
2. San Diego State, 188 (1)
3. New Mexico, 153
4. Boise State, 139
5. Fresno State, 138
6. UNLV, 122
7. Wyoming, 88
8. Colorado State, 80
9. Utah State, 78
10. Air Force, 42
11. San Jose State, 19
Preseason All-Conference Team
Jordan Caroline, Nevada
Deshon Taylor, Fresno State
Caleb Martin, Nevada
Justin James, Wyoming
Cody Martin, Nevada
Preseason Player of the Year: Caleb Martin, Nevada
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Jordan Brown, Nevada
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Vance Jackson, New Mexico