All-Conference

Weber State’s Bolomboy wins Big Sky MVP, Defensive MVP

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After the first finish outside of the top three under Randy Rahe a season ago, Weber State reestablished itself as the top program in the Big Sky Conference.

Weber posted a 15-3 record in Big Sky play, claiming its 22nd regular-season league title. A season after finishing eighth in the league, the Wildcats are again the favorite to earn the Big Sky’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, Weber State’s two best players reeled in post-season honors. Joel Bolomboy, a 6-foot-9, 230-pounder who very well could be an NBA Draft pick this spring, earned the league’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors. Weber State junior Jeremy Senglin and Bolomboy were among the six players named to the All-Big Sky first team.

Bolomboy and Idaho State guard Ethan Telfair, the Newcomer of the Year after transferring to ISU from Redlands (Oklahoma) College, were the unanimous first-team selections. Montana senior power forward Martin Breunig and Eastern Washington senior power forward Venky Jois earned first-team All-Big Sky recognition for the second straight season. North Dakota junior guard Quinton Hooker rounded out the first team.

WSU forward Joel Bolomboy/by Brooks Nuanez

WSU forward Joel Bolomboy/by Brooks Nuanez

Bolomboy missed two games this season, yet still managed to notch 25 double-doubles. His 12.8 rebounds per game rank second nationally and he averaged 17.6 points per game on 58.9 percent shooting. His 3-point shot with 19 seconds left lifted Weber State to a championship-clinching 79-76 win over Eastern Washington in the final game of the regular season. He is the third Weber player in five seasons to win Big Sky MVP, joining Damian Lillard and Davion Berry.

Senglin, the Freshman of the Year two seasons ago as a point guard, moved off the ball to shooting guard for Weber and thrived. He scored 17.8 points per game and shot 49.3 percent from the floor, including 44.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Senglin poured in 93 triples this season.

Telfair, the younger brother of former NBA first-round draft pick Sebastian Telfair, put his Coney Island, New York game on full display this season. Telfair averaged 20.3 points per game, including 23.9 in Big Sky play. He finished the regular season with five straight games of 30 points or more points as Idaho State earned the No. 4 seed a season after finishing in last place.

Breunig, a 6-foot-8 former transfer from Washington, was one of the league’s most dominant offensive forces. Breunig averaged 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He converted 64.8 percent of his field goals in leading Montana to a 14-4 league record.

Jois was an equally efficient force in the paint on the league’s best offensive team. The hyperactive Australian averaged 18 points and 9.1 rebounds against Big Sky competition. He shot 70.6 percent from the floor, missing just 57 of his 194 field goal attempts in conference play. The former league Freshman of the Year also averaged nearly two blocks per game, one of the league’s best totals for an Eagles squad chasing its second straight Big Sky Tournament crown.

The bullish Hooker shot 53.3 percent in conference play and his 20.8 points per game were among the league’s best. He shot nearly 47 percent from beyond the arc as UND earned the No. 5 seed in the league tournament.

Weber State’s Kyndhal Hill and Montana State freshman Tyler Hall each earned the Big Sky’s other major honors and each landed on the second team all-conference squad.

Hill, a 6-foot-7 junior who started all 30 games last season, averaged 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He shot 62.7 percent and helped Weber weather the storm when Bolomboy was out.

Montana State guard Tyler Hall/by Brooks Nuanez

Montana State guard Tyler Hall/by Brooks Nuanez

Hall become Montana State’s fourth Big Sky Freshman of the Year in the last 25 seasons. The Rock Island, Illinois product became the first Bobcat since Jason Erickson in 2001 to earn the nod. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard has nailed a program-record 95 3-pointers and his 561 points obliterated Larry Chanay’s 60-year-old school record for points in a season by a freshman. Hall became the fastest player ever at MSU to 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 points. He is among the top freshmen scorers in Division I, averaging 18.7 points, a number that swells to nearly 21 per game against Big Sky opponents.

Montana State senior Marcus Colbert, last season’s Top Reserve, earned his first All-Big Sky nod with a spot on the second team. The Post Falls, Idaho product scored 16.8 points and dished out a Big Sky-best 5.2 assists per game this season for the Bobcats, who take the No. 7 seed into the Big Sky Tournament.

Despite missing seven games with a wrist injury suffered when he slipped on the ice in Bozeman before his team took on Montana State, Idaho sophomore Victor Sanders earned second-team All-Big Sky honors. The defensive dynamo improved his offensive game as much as any player in the league this season. He averaged 16 points per game and shot 43.4 percent from beyond the arc to lead Idaho to a 12-6 mark in league play and the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

Eastern Washington’s Austin McBroom, a graduate transfer from Saint Louis, won the league’s overall scoring championship, beating out Telfair by less than a point. McBroom averaged 21.5 points per game this season, including 23.2 per game against Big Sky teams, less than a point shy of Telfair’s league-best average against BSC teams. McBroom nailed a league-high 106 3-pointers and shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc to earn second-team honors.

Portland State forward Cameron Forte, a fifth-year graduate transfer from Georgia, rounded out the second team. Forte averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in conference play. The southpaw shot 61.3 percent against league competition while splitting his time in a starting and reserve role.

Northern Colorado’s Anthony Johnson (15.8 points per game), Idaho State sophomore Geno Luzcando (14.5 points per game), Montana junior point guard Walter Wright (14.4 points, 4.4 assists) and Sacramento State sophomore Justin Strings (15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds per game) were honorable mention selections.

 

FIRST TEAM 
PlayerYearPos.School (Hometown)
*Joel Bolomboy (MVP)Sr,FWeber State, (Fort Worth, Texas)
*Ethan TelfairJr.GIdaho State (Coney Island, N.Y.)
#Venky JoisSr.FEastern Washington (Boronia, Australia)
#Martin BreunigSr.FMontana, (Leverkusen, Germany)
Quinton HookerJr.GNorth Dakota (Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
Jeremy SenglinJr.GWeber State (Arlington, Texas)
*Unanimous Selection
#Two-time First Team Selection
SECOND TEAM 
PlayerYearPos.School (Hometown)
Cameron ForteGr.-Sr.FPortland State (Tempe. Ariz.)
Victor SandersSo.GIdaho (Portland, Ore.)
Austin McBroomGr.-Sr.GEastern Washington (Los Angeles, Calif)
Marcus ColbertSr.GMontana State (Post Falls, Idaho)
Tyler HallFr.GMontana State (Rock Island, Ill,)
HONORABLE MENTION
PlayerYearPos.School (Hometown)
Anthony JohnsonJr.G.Northern Colorado (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Geno LuzcandoSo.GIdaho State (Estacion Central, Chile)
Walter WrightJr.GMontana, (Waterbury, Conn.)
Justin StringsSo.FSacramento State (Carson, Calif.)

 

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 12 year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to founded Skyline Sports.

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