March 9, 2011
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley junior guard Isiah Williams was named the 2010-11 Great West Conference Player of the Year and six other Wolverines also received honors in the league's All-Conference announcement on Wednesday from Orem, site of the league's tournament championship.
All five Utah Valley starters and Coach Dick Hunsaker were honored by the league after the Wolverines captured the 2010-11 Great West Conference Championship with an 11-1 mark in league play.
Williams was also named first-team All-Conference as well as earning the league's Newcomer of the Year and a spot on the All-Newcomer Team. Ben Aird earned second team All-Conference and was on the newcomer team along with Williams. Jordan Swarbrick, Geddes Robinson and Holton Hunsaker all earned honorable mention All-Conference and Justin Baker was named the conference Sixth Man of the Year.
"It's a great recognition for all the players' hard work and achievement this season. It's also rewarding to see our team's success individually acknowledged," said head coach Dick Hunsaker, who was named the GWC Coach of the Year.
Williams was named the GWC Player of the Week on Feb. 7 after scoring 33 in a win at Texas-Pan American and 24 in a victory at Houston Baptist two days later. Williams, a junior, ranks second in the league with 17.3 points per game.
Aird twice earned the Player of the Week award, winning in consecutive weeks (Feb. 21 & Feb. 28). He averaged 18.5 points in wins over South Dakota and North Dakota and then posted a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Houston Baptist. The freshman center averaged 14.8 points during Great West play.
Swarbrick averaged 11.4 points and hit a GWC-best 86.5 percent from the free throw line on the year. The senior is 12 points shy of becoming the fourth 1,000-point scorer in Utah Valley's NCAA Division I history.
Robinson led the Great West in rebounds, averaging 9.3 overall and 11.3 during conference games. The junior recorded a school-record eight double-doubles during the season.
Hunsaker was the top free throw shooter during league play, making 51-of-55 for 92.7 percent. The freshman point guard averaged 11.0 points per game and leads UVU with 95 assists on the year.
Baker averaged 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench to earn the sixth man award and scored a season-high 17 in a conference win over South Dakota. He upped his scoring average to 8.3 per game during Great West games.
For Dick Hunsaker, it's the third conference Coach of the Year award that he has won in his career in addition to also earning Division I Independent Coach of the Year in 2007. Hunsaker has a career record of 364-169 and is 167-96 in nine seasons at Utah Valley.