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Weber State basketball: Joel Bolomboy named Big Sky MVP

Joel Bolomboy (center) moves by his defender. He is third in the nation in rebounding and double-doubles.
Joel Bolomboy (center) moves by his defender. He is third in the nation in rebounding and double-doubles.
Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Weber State senior Joel Bolomboy has been named the 2016 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player. Bolomboy earned the honor Monday as the conference announced its men’s basketball All-Conference awards.

Bolomboy was also named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for the Big Sky All-Conference First Team.

WSU junior Jeremy Senglin was also named to the All-Conference First Team, and junior Kyndahl Hill was honored as the Top Reserve in the conference. The All-Conference awards and teams were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Bolomboy becomes the ninth player in Weber State history to earn Big Sky MVP honors. It is the second time in his career he has been named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and his first time earning first team All-Conference honors.

The Fort Worth, Texas, native has had one of the best seasons in Weber State history in leading the Wildcats to the Big Sky regular season title. He started in 29 games this season and led the Big Sky and ranks third in the nation in rebounding at 12.8 per game. His 371 rebounds so far this season rank as the third most in a season in WSU history, and his 12.8 per game average is the sixth best in a season. He has 24 double-doubles in his 29 games this season, ranking third in the nation and tying the Weber State record for most double-doubles in the season.

This season he ranks seventh in the Big Sky in scoring at 17.9 points per game. He has scored in double figures 28 times. He also ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage at 58.9 percent and is fourth in blocked shots at 1.2 per game.

Earlier this season, Bolomboy became Weber State’s and the Big Sky Conference’s all-time leader in rebounds, now with 1,268 in his career. He has the second most career rebounds of any active player in the nation.

He is also WSU’s career leader in blocked shots and currently ranks eighth in school history in career scoring with 1,437 points. He is also the school’s leader in career free throw attempts and is third in career free throw makes. Bolomboy has had 52 double-doubles in his career. He has played in 126 career games, third most in school history.

Bolomboy is also a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Senglin earned first team All-Big Sky honors for the first time in his career. The junior from Arlington, Texas, ranks eighth in the Big Sky in scoring at 17.8 points per game. Senglin started all 31 games for the Wildcats and scored in double figures 26 times and scored 20 or more points 14 times.

Senglin also leads the Big Sky and ranks 18th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.1. He is also fourth in the conference with 3.0 3-pointers per game and has made at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. His 93 3-pointers so far this season rank as the third most in a season in Weber State history. Senglin also leads the Wildcats in assists.

He has played in 86 career games in his three seasons at Weber State and currently ranks 13th in school history in career scoring and is fourth in career 3-pointers made with 200.

Hill earned Top Reserve honors for the first time in his career and became the sixth Wildcat in history to earn the honor. The Humble, Texas, native has played in all 31 games for the Wildcats this season and ranks third on the team in scoring at 8.3 points per game. He has scored in double figures 11 times this season.

He is also third in the Big Sky in field goal percentage, shooting 62.7 percent from the field. He is fourth in the league in blocks at 1.1 per game and ranks 11th in the conference in rebounding at 5.8 per game.

Idaho State’s Ethan Telfair, Eastern Washington’s Venky Jois, Montana’s Martin Breunig and North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker also earned all-conference first team honors.

Weber State captured the Big Sky regular season title for the 22nd time in its history with a 15-3 conference record. The Wildcats are the top seed in the Big Sky Tournament and play Portland State or Northern Colorado in the first round on Thursday at noon PT, in Reno, Nevada.

Weber State's Joel Bolomboy named Big Sky MVP

A season highlight reel of Weber State's Joel Bolomboy, who was voted the 2016 Big Sky Conference MVP.

Paul Grua is the Director of Athletic Communications at Weber State University.