Martez Harrison, who has helped lead UMKC to its best conference finish in a decade, has been chosen Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the year.
Harrison, a sophomore point guard who played at University Academy, leads the WAC in scoring at 17.8 points and steals at 1.87 and is third in assists at 3.84.
The Kangaroos finished tied for second in the WAC and will open conference tournament play on Thursday against seventh-seeded Texas-Pan American.
Harrison, who was chosen the league’s top freshman last year, is the second player from UMKC to win a conference player of the year award. Michael Jackson won the honor in 2000, when the Kangaroos were members of the Mid-Continent Conference. UMKC has been a Division I conference member for 20 years.
Harrison was named to the All-WAC first team, and forward Reese Holliday, a UMKC senior, was named to the league’s all-newcomer team.
Holliday, who played at Sumner Academy, averages 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds.
All-WAC men’s basketball team
Aly Ahmed, Bakersfield
Martez Harrison, UMKC
Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State
Isiah Umipig, Seattle
Josh Braun, Grand Canyon
Reese Holliday, UMKC
Janari Joesaar, Texas-Pan American
DeWayne Russell, Grand Canyon
Pascal Siakam, New Mexcio State
▪ Player of the year: Martez Harrison, UMKC
▪ Freshman of the year: Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State
▪ Don Haskins coach of the year: Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State