Dixie State landed four players on the 2015-16 All-Pacific West Conference Men’s Basketball Team, as announced on Wednesday by the conference office based on voting by the league’s head coaches.
Senior forward Mark Ogden Jr. (6-foot-9; Spring Valley, California/Steele Canyon HS/Grossmont College) was named PacWest Defender of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors. Ogden Jr. leads the PacWest and is 12th nationally in rebounding at 10.2 rpg to go with a 13.5 ppg average. He posted a league-best 12 double-doubles, including in seven of his last nine games overall, which is the 19th best in the NCAA Division II ranks this season. He was also a three-time PacWest Defender of the Week honoree.
Ogden Jr. led DSU in scoring seven times and scored in double figures in 18 games with six 20-plus point efforts. He is also tied atop DSU’s single season rebounding list (266) and ranks third in the PacWest in blocked shots (1.1 bpg).
Sophomore guard Trevor Hill (6-4; Sandy, Utah/Alta HS) earned second team all-PacWest recognition after he led DSU and was 11th in the league in scoring at 16.1 ppg. Hill scored in double figures in a team-high 23 games with six 20-plus point outings and led the Storm in scoring 10 times. Hill tallied a career-high 28 points at MSU Billings and was named PacWest co-Player of the Week following that performance. He scored 20 or more points in four PacWest games, including a 27-point night at DSU's OT win at Concordia-Irvine, and posted his first double-double of the year with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a win vs. Holy Names. In addition, Hill led DSU in assists 14 times and in steals nine times.
Two more Storm players received all-PacWest honorable mention in senior guard Mason Sawyer and junior forward Josh Fuller. Sawyer (5-10; West Jordan, Utah/West Jordan HS/Snow College), who was a preseason all-PacWest selection this year and a 2014-15 third team honoree, started in all 26 games and scored in double figures 16 times. He tallied a season-high 21 points in a home win vs. California Baptist and posted a double-double with 10 points and a career-high tying 10 assists vs. Azusa Pacific. Sawyer also led the team in assists 13 times and in steals in 10 games. He has hit 50 3-pointers on the year and is currently tied for second on DSU’s career 3-pointers made list (130).
Fuller (6-6; Rexburg, Idaho/Utah/Weber State) started in every game this year and scored in double figures in 15 games. He led DSU in scoring five times, including a career-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the win over California Baptist, and he also scored 25 points at BYU-Hawai’i and at home vs. Azusa Pacific. Fuller posted his lone double-double of the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a road win at Point Loma and has led the team in rebounding four times.
Dixie State (18-8, 15-5 PacWest), which finished in a four-way tie for first place in the conference standings, is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming PacWest Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held this weekend in Irvine, California. DSU earned a first-round bye and faces the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal game between No. 3 California Baptist (24-6, 15-5 PacWest) and No. 6 Dominican University (14-13, 10-10 PacWest) in the tournament’s first semifinal game on Friday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m. PT.
The two semifinal winners will square off for the tournament title on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. PT, with the winner earning the PacWest’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament West Regional, which will be held March 11-14.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.