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MBB: Kevin Butler named All-WAC third team

Kevin Butler led UTA in scoring this season.
 
Kevin Butler led UTA in scoring this season.
 

March 10, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington senior Kevin Butler was named to the Western Athletic Conference men's third team on Sunday. The rest of the WAC men’s basketball postseason award winners, as selected by the league’s 10 head coaches, were also announced.

Butler is a product of Duncanville High School who transferred to UT Arlington from TCU. The 6-foot-5 forward led the Mavericks in scoring this season in both the regular season (10.7 points) and during WAC play (11.6). Butler also averaged 4.5 rebounds and led the team with 35 steals.

The first team is led by Idaho senior Kyle Barone who was also voted the WAC’s Player of the Year. Barone averaged 18.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in WAC play this season. Barone is the first Idaho player in school history to be named the WAC’s Player of the Year. Denver’s Chris Udofia, New Mexico State’s Bandja Sy and Louisiana Tech’s Raheem Appleby and Kenneth Smith were also first team selections.

This year’s all-WAC second team consists of Denver’s Chase Hallam, New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings, Texas State’s Joel Wright and Utah State’s Spencer Butterfield and Jarred Shaw.

The all-WAC third team consists of Denver’s Brett Olson and Royce O’Neale, New Mexico State’s Sim Bhullar, UT Arlington’s Kevin Butler and UTSA’s Michael Hale III.

New Mexico State’s Bhullar becomes the first Aggie in school history to earn the WAC’s Freshman of the Year award. In 18 conference games, Bhullar averaged 11.3 points per contest, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting 60.2 percent from the field.

Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White earned his first Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor by leading the Bulldogs to a share of the school’s first-ever regular season WAC title. In his second year with Louisiana Tech, White led the Bulldogs to a 16-2 conference record. Coach White is the first Louisiana Tech coach in school history to receive WAC Coach of the Year honors.

Those named to the WAC’s all-defensive team were Denver’s Hallam and Udofia, Louisiana Tech’s Michale Kyser and Smith and New Mexico State’s Mullings.

Selected to the WAC’s all-newcomer team were Louisiana Tech’s Alex Hamilton, New Mexico State’s Bhullar, Texas State’s Wright and Utah State’s Butterfield and Shaw.

The 2013 WAC Tournament will be held March 12-16, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.


2012-13 WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Award Winners


All-Conference
First Team
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Bandja Sy, Sr., F, New Mexico State

Second Team
Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State
Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State
Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

Third Team
Brett Olson, So., G, Denver
Royce O’Neale, So., F, Denver
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Kevin Butler, Sr., F, UT Arlington
Michael Hale III, Sr., G, UTSA

Player of the Year:
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Freshman of the Year:
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Don Haskins Coach of the Year
: Michael White, Louisiana Tech


All-Defensive Team

Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver
Michale Kyser, So., F, Louisiana Tech
Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

All-Newcomer Team
Alex Hamilton, Fr., G, Louisiana Tech
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State
Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State


 

 

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