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BYU's Haws wins WCC Player of the Year honors

BYU's Haws wins WCC Player of the Year honors

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PROVO — The West Coast Conference announced its all-league honorees on Monday, with BYU's Tyler Haws capturing Player of the Year honors, while teammate Kyle Collinsworth joined Haws on the all-conference team, and rookie center Eric Mika earned a spot on the all-freshman squad. BYU guard Matt Carlino was named as an honorable mention selection.

Today's honors make it 17 consecutive seasons in which BYU has had at least one player named to an all-conference team (1st, 2nd or 3rd team All-WAC/MWC or All-WCC).

"Tyler is very deserving of this honor," said head coach Dave Rose of Haws' recognition. "He's had huge offensive games, he's had an increased role defensively and he does so much to help us win games. To be the guy that everyone tries to stop every night and to be as consistent as he's been certainly deserves this type of recognition."

About Collinsworth Rose said "his consistency in his line and what he does to affect the game as far as winning is concerned has been huge for us. He rebounds the ball, gets steals and assists and guards the toughest perimeter player. I'm pleased that the other coaches in the league have noticed his impact on the game."

"Matt has had a great junior season," said Rose of Carlino. "He's really embraced the sixth-man role. He's shooting a higher percentage from the 3-point line than he has in his career and overall he's been terrific."

Of Mika, Rose said that "as a coaching staff, we're really pleased with what Eric has given us this year. He's been a really big part of our success and has really grown as a player. Being on the all-freshman team is a terrific honor."

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Haws was the WCC's leading scorer for a second straight season, averaging 23.5 points per game, 5.1 points more than the second-leading scorer. He topped 20 points 10 times during league play and 30 points five times. In addition to leading the WCC in scoring, he was fifth in free throw percentage (.870), 3-point field goal percentage (.460) and minutes played (34.3) and 15th in field goal percentage (.480).

A repeat All-WCC honoree, Haws was a two-time player of the week during the 2013-14 conference campaign. He led the Cougars to a tie for second in the league standings at 13-5 and the No. 2 seed in the WCC Championships.

Haws is the fourth Cougar to earn conference player of the year accolades under Dave Rose. Keena Young was the Mountain West Conference Player of the year in 2007, Lee Cummard was the MWC's top player in 2008 and Jimmer Fredette was the MWC Player of the Year in 2011.

In his first season since returning from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia, Collinsworth proved to be one of the most versatile players in the WCC this season.

In league games, he was 13th in the WCC in scoring (14.1 points per game), fifth in rebounding (7.6 rebounds per game), fourth in assists (4.6 assist per game) and first in steals (2.1 steals per game). Collinsworth also ranked among the top 10 in assist/turnover ratio (10th), offensive rebounds (third), defensive rebounds (tied-ninth) and field goal percentage (ninth).

Carlino, an All-WCC honorable mention pick in 2012 as a freshman, averaged 12.6 points, 4.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 threes per game as BYU's top reserve during league play. He finished sixth in the league in assists, third in steals, 11th in 3-point field goal percentage, fourth in 3-point field goals per game and first in assist/turnover ratio.

Mika earned his spot on the All-WCC Freshman Team by averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds and shooting .537 from the field. He finished among the top 10 in the league in field goal percentage (fourth) and offensive rebounds per game (seventh).

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Below is the entire roster of all-conference selections; you can see how the results compared with my "If-I-had-a-vote" selections that I posted yesterday (Spoiler alert: I matched the coaches votes on 16 of 19 individual award picks).

2013-14 West Coast Conference Player of the Year

Tyler Haws, Jr., G, BYU

2013-14 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Brendan Lane, Sr., F/C, Pepperdine

2013-14 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year

Jared Brownridge, Fr., G, Santa Clara

2013-14 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year

Rex Walters, San Francisco

2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Kyle Collinsworth, BYU

Stacy Davis, Pepperdine

Johnny Dee, San Diego

Cole Dickerson, San Francisco

Sam Dower, Jr., Gonzaga

Tyler Haws, BYU

Stephen Holt, St. Mary's

Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

Brad Waldow, St. Mary's

Honorable Mention

Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara; Matt Carlino, BYU; Brandon Clark, Santa Clara; Tony Gill, Pacific; Avry Holmes, San Francisco; Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga; Brendan Lane, Pepperdine; Ryan Nicholas, Portland; Kruize Pinkins, San Francisco; Thomas van der Mars, Portland

2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM

Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara

Gabe Levin, Loyola Marymount

Jeremy Major, Pepperdine

Eric Mika, BYU

Evan Payne, Loyola Marymount

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Greg Wrubell

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