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Rebels tabbed 2nd in MWC; 3 players recognized by league media

Mountain West media honor Anthony Bennett (freshman), Bryce Dejean-Jones (co-newcomer) and Mike Moser (all-league)

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UNLV forward Mike Moser is seen on the display of a TV camera while giving an interview after the Rebels first official practice Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

UNLV was chosen to finish second in the Mountain West Conference, and three Rebels received preseason recognition by the Mountain West media, it was announced Monday.

Junior Mike Moser is on the preseason all-conference team, sophomore Bryce Dejean-Jones is the co-newcomer of the year and Anthony Bennett is the league’s preseason freshman of the year.

Dejean-Jones shares his honor with San Diego State’s Dwayne Pollee, while Aztec teammate Jamaal Franklin was named the preseason player of the year. Moser and Franklin are joined on the all-conference team by Chase Tapley (San Diego State), Kendall Williams (New Mexico) and Deante Burton (UNR).

The Rebels, who finished third last season, received eight of 18 first-place votes and finished second behind San Diego State, which received the other 10 votes. The co-regular season champions last year, the Aztecs (153 points) just barely edged out the Rebels (151). In the first USA Today/Coaches poll, the roles are reversed with No. 19 UNLV sliding in ahead of No. 20 San Diego State.

In third place is New Mexico, which last year shared the league title with San Diego State and won the conference tournament. Colorado State is fourth, followed by UNR, Wyoming, Fresno State, Boise State and Air Force.

Moser won the newcomer of the year award last year. He enters this season on several national lists as one of the best players in the country. Dejean-Jones is rehabbing from two broken bones in his left, non-shooting hand, but he may still be ready for the opening game on Monday, Nov. 12, against Northern Arizona. Bennett is one of the most highly regarded recruits in Rebels history, and last Thursday he won the team's dunk contest.

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  1. wow......okay then.

  2. This is good news, something to fight for. Pre-season polls don't mean a thing anyways.

  3. I got your pre-season poll, riiiiiight here.

  4. Right where we should be. This team hasn't proven anything yet.

  5. SMB- None of the teams in the MWC has proven anything yet all the records are 0-0.

    One word........Motivation.

  6. I hope the Rebels can use this as motivation. There's no way they should be picked to finish second.

  7. I'm a Rebel homer, but I have to agree with the coaches preseason picks for 1 and 2. We know that SDSU has talent, are well coached, and they have owned us the past few years; so, until we take the conference back on the court, SDSU deserves the preseason. Go Rebels!

  8. Unfortunately our senior class is just 2-6 against SDSU in the last three years and SDSU does have the majority of its lineup coming back from a team that tied for the conference championship a year ago. Probably a very reasonable prediction. However, does not mean they won't be wrong! Runnin' Rebels!

  9. I'm not really surprised. The MWC also seems like every year has to spread the wealth, so to speak, with all the teams. Conferences are the kings of "everyone deserves icecream!"

  10. rebelfever2 - Just as john-doe-smith already mentioned, SDSU sure has proven that they've owned us for the past 3 years or so. Cant ignore them having a solid core returning with some good additions as well (Shepard and Polee)

    Our Rebels haven't proven to me that they deserve a MWC preseason #1 pick...you know given that all teams are 0-0.