Colton Iverson Leads Long List Of Colorado State Rams Award Winners

By Rich Kurtzman
Ron Chenoy – USA Today Sports

Well, Colorado State’s Colton Iverson didn’t win Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, but he did lead a long list of Rams players to take home awards, the conference announced Monday.

New Mexico Lobos’ guard Kendall Williams took home Player of the Year, and Steve Alford won Coach of the Year for leading Williams and the Lobos to the MW regular season title.

But the Rams, who finished second in the conference, will bring home a bevy of awards to Fort Collins after the MW Tournament.

Iverson, who led the league in rebounds per game (9.7), shooting percentage (59.8) and double-doubles (13) won Newcomer of the Year. The Rams center is a fifth-year senior transfer from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and his impact on the team is undeniable. Colorado State became the best rebounding team in the nation with Iverson as the man in the middle, and their scoring increased by nearly seven points per game compared to last season because of the big man’s dominance down low. Iverson led the team in scoring, at 14.6 per, and the Rams became the highest scoring team in the MW this season.

All that profound production landed him on the MW first-team, as the only Rams player to earn the honor.

Dorian Green, the point guard that started every one of his 127 games at Colorado State, earned second-team honors while Pierce Hornung was named to the third-team.

Hornung, who stands at a mere 6’5” tall, ended the regular season third in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per contest, and his tenacity on both ends of the floor earned him all-defensive team honors as well.

Lastly, Daniel Bejarano was named the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year. Bejarano, a sophomore transfer from the Arizona Wildcats, was big for the Rams off the bench. He played a guard/forward role, hitting outside shots and rebounding very well for only standing 6’4”.

No. 2 seed Colorado State faces No. 7 Fresno State Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Mountain in the first round of the MW Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.

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