After a succesful season on the court several Cowboys and Cowgirls were honored by the Mountain West. This really is a great credit to the significant work put in by the athletes and the quality coaches. Let's take a look at Cowboys first.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - PG JayDee Luster
The play of JayDee Luster has seen a fantastic transformation. He's a;ways been a pass first point guard but he has improved his play on both sides of the ball. Coach Shyatt put a heavy emphasis on defense when he arrived in Laramie. Luster took that to heart and it showed in every game. So many times this season Luster would frustrate opposing players who ended up with some of their worst performances. While becoming an incredible defender Luster also become one of the most efficient passers in the nation. His assist to turnover ratio was among the best in the NCAA all year. Luster was the best of several great defenders for the Cowboys.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST - F Leonard Washington
In his first season in Laramie, Leonard Washington brought an energy and play-making ability the Cowboys have lacked. He is an incredibily passionate player that never takes a play off. Despite playing the least amount of minutes of any starter - Washington led the Pokes in scoring with 12.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. Heading into next season Washington may be the top forward in the Mountain West.
HONORABLE MENTION - G Francisco Cruz
After spending the summer playing with the Mexican National team Francisco "Pako" Cruz came back slimmer and a better overall player. He remained a solid shooting threat from outside while also not being afraid to attack the rim. As the season progressed Cruz became a solid ball handler and had several games with four or five assists. His versatility has been huge for Wyoming this season.
Here is the full list of the men's All-Mountain West Teams.
The Cowgirls also had three players honored and all of them will be returning next year.
Junior F Chaundra Sewell earned both Second-Team All-Mountain West as well as All-Defense honors. Sewell led the Cowgirls with 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Freshmen F Kayla Woodward had a great start to her Cowgirl career. She was named Third-Team All-Mountain West after finishing with 11.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Junior F Ashley Sickles averaged 11.5 points and 6 rebounds per game which earned her Honorable Mention.
There is certainly a solid core that the Cowgirls have built and they should be even better in 2012-13.
Here is the full listing of the women's All-Mountain West teams.