The Big West announced its annual awards on Monday and UC Irvine brought home plenty of hardware, but Alan Williams received top honors.
Williams was easily voted Big West Player of the Year, as he currently ranks 12th in the nation with 21.6 PPG and 1st in the nation with 11.6 RPG. He currently has 15 double-doubles this season, and set career bests in scoring versus South Dakota State (39 points) and rebounds versus UC Davis (20 rebounds).
An interesting note about the all-conference lists: 15 of the 21 players listed still have at least one year of eligibility left.
Cal State Fullerton's Michael Williams, a transfer from University of San Francisco, won Newcomer of the Year. The British freshman, Luke Nelson and Head Coach Russell Turner won Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year for UC Irvine.
Here are all the Big West awards for 2014:
Player of the Year: Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
Newcomer of the Year: Michael Williams, Cal State Fullerton
Freshman of the Year: Luke Nelson, UC Irvine
Coach of the Year: Russell Turner, UC Irvine
Mike Caffey, Long Beach State
Isaac Fotu, Hawaii
Stephen Maxwell, Cal State Northridge
Chris McNealy, UC Irvine
Christian Standhardinger, Hawaii
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
Chris Eversley, Cal Poly
Corey Hawkins, UC Davis
Tyler Lamb, Long Beach State
Luke Nelson, UC Irvine
Michael Williams, Cal State Fullerton
Michael Bryson, UC Santa Barbara
Will Davis II, UC Irvine
Josh Greene, Cal State Northridge
Alex Harris, Cal State Fullerton
Zalmico Harmon, UC Santa Barbara
Stephan Hicks, Cal State Northridge
Dan Jennings, Long Beach State
Taylor Johns, UC Riverside
Mamadou Ndiaye, UC Irvine
Alex Young, UC Irvine
One thing that's interesting to note: Ryan Sypkens of UC Davis is nowhere to be seen, despite setting a Big West record for career 3-point field goals. After making the Big West All-Freshman team in 2010, and being an honorable mention last season, you would think he would get an honorable mention this season. It looks like the record books will be good enough for him.