Aztecs picked second in Mountain West basketball preseason poll – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Mountain West media went with returnees over pedigree.

Colorado State, which brings back its entire starting lineup, was picked first in the preseason Mountain West media poll released Wednesday morning ahead of a San Diego State program that has won two straight regular-season titles but lost three starters.

The Rams received 11 of 20 first-place votes. The Aztecs got seven.

Nevada, which also returns most of its key players, is third with two first-pace votes, followed by Boise State, Utah State, Fresno State and UNLV. New Mexico and Wyoming are tied for eighth with 79 voting points. San Jose State is 10th. Air Force is last.

Matt Bradley, SDSU’s transfer guard from Cal, was named preseason newcomer of the year but not to the five-man, all-conference team. All five are returnees: Nevada’s Grant Sherfield, CSU’s David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens, UNLV’s Bryce Hamilton and Fresno State’s Orlando Robinson.

Sherfield is preseason player of the year after averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals last season following his transfer from Wichita State. UNLV’s Keshon Gilbert is preseason freshman of the year.

Mountain West preseason poll

1. Colorado State (11 first-place votes) 207 points

2. San Diego State (7) 201

3. Nevada (2) 189

4. Boise State 147

5. Utah State 127

6. Fresno State 119

7. UNLV 109

8. New Mexico 79

Wyoming 79

10. San José State 40

11. Air Force 23