DENVER (WAC) -- SMU basketball standouts Quinton Ross and Bryan Hopkins have been named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively, as selected by the league's 10 head coaches, the WAC announced today.
Ross leads the conference's first team after averaging a WAC-best 20.3 points per game and adding 6.9 rebounds per contest in 18 conference games. Ross was joined by Fresno State's Damon Jackson, Louisiana Tech's Antonio Meeking, Tulsa's Kevin Johnson, Hawaii's Carl English and Nevada's Kirk Snyder. Ross, Johnson and English were second-team selections last season.
Ross is SMU's first WAC Player of the Year award winner since the conference went to a single-award system. Jeryl Sasser won the Mountain Division WAC Player of the Year back in 1998-99.
Ross' all-conference selection also marks the seventh straight year the SMU Head Coach Mike Dement has placed at least one player on the All-WAC squads.
Hopkins was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.6 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals in conference games. He is first in the WAC in steals and second in assists.
Hopkins becomes SMU's first WAC Freshman of the Year award winner since the conference went to a single-award system, as Jeryl Sasser won the Pacific Division Freshman of the Year back in 1997-98 and Stephen Woods won the Mountain Division Freshman of the Year back in 1996-97.
The Mustangs return to the court on Thursday, March 13, when they take on the Boise State Broncos in a 12 p.m. Williams WAC Tournament quarterfinal in Tulsa.
2003 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners Player of the Year: Quinton Ross, SMU Freshman of the Year: Bryan Hopkins, SMU Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Ray Lopes, Fresno State All-Conference First Team Quinton Ross, SMU, G/F, 6-6, 195 Sr., Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS) Damon Jackson, Fresno State, G, 6-4, 195, Sr., Perris, Calif. (College of the Sequoias) Antonio Meeking, Louisiana Tech, F, 6-8, 245 Sr., Farmerville, La. (Farmerville HS) Kevin Johnson, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 222, Sr., Missouri City, Texas (HCYA) Carl English, Hawai'i, G/F, 6-5, 205, Jr., Patrick's Cove, Newfoundland (Fatima Academy) Kirk Snyder, Nevada, F, 6-6, 219, So., Upland, Calif. (Upland HS) Second Team Dante Swanson, Tulsa, G, 5-10, 180 Sr., Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner HS) Omar-Seli Mance, Rice, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Stone Mountain, Ga. (Louisiana State) Hiram Fuller, Fresno State, F, 6-9, 240, Sr., Tacoma, Wash. (Wabash Valley CC) Terrance Green, Nevada, G, 6-2, 201, Sr., Portland, Ore. (Benson HS) Michael Harris, Rice, F, 6-6, 225, So., Hillsboro, Texas (Hillsboro HS) Jason Parker, Tulsa, G, 6-2, 180, Jr., Tulsa, Okla. (Memorial HS) All-Newcomer Team Aaron Haynes, Boise State, F, 6-6, 185, Jr., Fresno, Calif. (Sacramento City College) Bryan Hopkins, SMU, G, 6-0, 195, Fr., Dallas, Texas (Lincoln HS) Michael Kuebler, Hawai'i, G/F, 6-5, 185 Jr., Salem, Ore. (Clackamas CC) Antonio Lawrence, San Jose State, F, 6-4, 190, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla. (San Joaquin Memorial HS) Renaldo Major, Fresno State, F, 6-7, 200, Jr., Calumet City, Ill. (South Plains College) All-Defensive Team Yamar Diene, Rice, F/C, 6-9, 230 Jr., Dakar, Senegal (Poughkeepsie) Jerry Petty, G, 5-11, 160, Sr., Seattle, Wash. (North Idaho College) Brandon Hawkins, San Jose State, G, 6-3, 191, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Iowa State) Kevin Johnson, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 222, Sr., Missouri City, Texas (HCYA) Mark Campbell, Hawai'i, G, 6-4, 180 Sr., Mt. Vernon, Wash. (Clackamas CC)