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Isaiah Stevens from CSU was chosen for the first team of Mountain West Conference as the league tournament begins

Colorado State graduate guard Isaiah Stevens became the first player in the history of the Mountain West Conference to be named to the all-conference team five times as the league announced its end-of-season accolades Tuesday.

Isaiah Stevens, a graduate guard from Colorado State, made history by being selected five times for the all-conference team by the Mountain West Conference. The announcement was made on Tuesday.

Stevens, who was previously announced as the conference's preseason player of the year, has now been chosen for the first team for the second consecutive year. Nique Clifford, a senior transfer guard, was selected for the third team.

Throughout his remarkable career at CSU, Stevens was named the conference's freshman of the year and received honorable mention in 2019. He was chosen for the second team in 2021 and 2022, and for the first team in the last two seasons.

Stevens holds the record for the most points scored in the school's history and is second in the Mountain West, trailing only Jimmer Fredette with 2,296 points. His 836 assists not only make him the all-time assist leader at Colorado State, but also in the entire conference.

This season, Stevens has been among the top scorers in the league, averaging 16.8 points per game, and leads the league in assists per game with 7.0, which also ranks sixth nationally. He has recorded 218 assists this season, placing him fourth in the nation.

In Clifford's first season with CSU, he led the team in rebounding with an average of 7.3 per game, ranking sixth in the conference. He also tied for second in scoring with an average of 12.5 points per game. Additionally, he led the team with 46 steals, and his 84 assists were second only to Stevens.

The Steve Fisher coach of the year award went to Utah State head coach Danny Sprinkle, and Aggies junior wing Great Osobor was named the player of the year and newcomer of the year. Lamont Butler from San Diego State was voted as the defensive player of the year, while Mustapha Amzil from New Mexico and Josh Uduje from Utah State were named co-sixth men of the year. JT Toppin from New Mexico and Dedan Thomas Jr. from UNLV were recognized as co-freshmen of the year.

Joining Stevens on the first team were Tyson Degenhart, a junior forward from Boise State, Jaedon LeDee, a senior from San Diego State, Darius Brown II, a graduate guard from Utah State, and Osobor.

In the media voting announced on Monday, Stevens was named to the first team while Clifford received honorable mention.

Tournament Time

Stevens, Clifford, and the Rams will start the Mountain West tournament as the No. 7 seed and will play against No. 10 San Jose State at 2:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday. If they advance, they will face No. 2 Nevada at the Thomas & Mack Center in Last Vegas on Thursday.

CSU comes into the tournament with a two-game winning streak, having won against Wyoming in their home finale on March 2 followed by their last regular-season game against Air Force on Saturday. The Rams, who fluctuated in and out of the Associated Press Top 25 all season, have an overall record of 22-9 and finished 10-8 in the Mountain West.

“It's going to be a tough competition,” stated CSU head coach Niko Medved. “It's a toss-up every night, and I believe we just need to reset. Everyone starts at 0-0. Now it's the playoffs. We have this tournament, and if we've earned it, we'll get another one. We just need to focus on Wednesday night.”

Wednesday’s other first-round games include No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Fresno State and No. 6 New Mexico vs. No. 11 Air Force. No. 1 Utah State, No. 2 Nevada, No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 San Diego State all got first-round byes.

The Rams and Spartans played only once during the regular season, with CSU winning 66-47 at Moby Arena on Feb. 9. It was the Rams’ most convincing Mountain West win of the season. Rashaan Mbemba led the Rams in scoring in that game with 13 points. Joel Scott had 12 and Clifford 11.

If CSU moves to the quarterfinals to play Nevada, the Wolf Pack was the only team to sweep the Rams — winning 77-64 in Reno on Jan. 24 and then handing CSU its only home conference loss at Moby Arena, 77-74, on Feb. 27.

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