Wyoming Cowboys Hunter Maldonado named Mountain West Player of the Week | Sports

December 27 – Aloha, Mountain West Player of the Week.

Wyoming senior Hunter Maldonado earned the honor after leading the Cowboys to a 2-1 record at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

The 6-foot-7 forward is the second Cowboy to be named MWC Player of the Week this season, joining forward Graham Ike. This is the first time that Maldonado has received this award in his career.

Maldonado averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Pokes, who opened the tournament with a loss to Stanford before defeating northern Iowa and southern Florida.

UW scored 73 field goals during the tournament. Maldonado assisted or scored 50 of the baskets while shooting 55% from the field and 39% from the 3-point distance.

Maldonado had 22 points and 10 assists against South Florida for a double-double. He had 17 points against Northern Iowa and 18 against Stanford.

The Cowboys (11-2) open the MWC against Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium (CBS Sports Network).

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UW was No. 33 in the NET rankings used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee at the end of the conference.

The Broncos (9-4), who were 68th in the NET standings on Monday, have won six straight games, including a victory in Washington state.

Boise State’s Tyson Degenhart was named MWC’s Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week.

Follow UW beat writer Ryan Thorburn on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn

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