March 7, 2011
Complete MWC Release
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Seniors Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin, and sophomore Pierce Hornung, were honored Monday afternoon when the Mountain West announced the 2011 all-conference team and individual postseason awards.
Ogide was selected as a first-team all-Mountain West player, while Franklin earned honorable mention all-conference honors and Hornung was selected as the MWC Sixth Man of the Year. The awards were selected by a voting panel that includes the league’s nine head coaches and select media who cover the MWC.
Ogide’s selection marks the second all-conference nod of his career, after being named a second-team honoree as a junior in 2010. The 6-9 forward from Marietta, Ga., leads Colorado State in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game overall. In Mountain West Conference play, Ogide improved his averages to 18.2 points – second in the league behind national player of the year candidate Jimmer Fredette – and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
He ranks in the top-10 in the Mountain West Conference action in six categories – leading the league in field-goal percentage (.578) and ranking second in scoring (18.2 avg.), fourth in rebounding (7.8 avg.), fifth in defensive rebounding (5.88), ninth in free-throw percentage (.711), and tying for ninth in offensive rebounding (1.88) - the only player in the league to rank in each of those categories.
He becomes the second Ram in the 12-year history of the MWC to earn first-team all-conference honors, joining Jason Smith
, who earned first-team accolades twice – in 2006 and 2007 – before being taken by the Miami Heat with the 20th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. Overall, Ogide becomes the 16th all-conference first-team selection in program history, dating back to 1972.
Franklin, a 6-7 forward from Baton Rouge, La., ranks second in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (4.6) for the Rams on the season. In conference play, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, connecting on 50.9 percent of his shots from the field and reaching double-figures in scoring six times, including three 20-point contests. Franklin led the Rams to one of the biggest wins of the season, tallying 24 points in CSU’s road win over UNLV on Jan. 19.
He becomes the seventh Ram to earn MWC all-conference honorable mention, and the 27th player in CSU history to earn all-conference honorable mention, dating back to 1982.
Hornung, a 6-5 forward, averaged 4.3 points and 5.4 rebounds off the bench for the Rams in conference play in 2010-11. Hailing from Arvada, Calif., Hornung shot 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the field, while tallying 20 steals, 11 blocks and 10 assists in MWC action.
He becomes the second CSU player to earn an individual postseason award from the Mountain West Conference, joining Marcus Walker (2008 Newcomer of the Year) and Smith (2005 Freshman of the Year).
Colorado State’s season continues this week at the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The Rams closed the regular season with a 19-11 mark, including a program-best 9-7 mark in MWC action. The fourth-seeded Rams open the tournament on Thursday afternoon against fifth-seeded New Mexico. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast on both The Mtn. and CBS College Sports.