The San Jose State men's basketball team was picked to finish last in its debut season in the Mountain West Conference by a 24-member media poll.

The Spartans received just 30 points (12th-place votes are worth one point) in the poll that was released Tuesday at the start of the conference's media day.

SJSU lost its final 14 games last season to finish 9-20 and 3-14 in the Western Athletic Conference. Competition in the Mountain West is significantly tougher.

The dismal finish led to the firing of coach George Nessman, who was replaced by former Boise State assistant Dave Wojcik.

New Mexico was picked as the conference favorite, earning 23 first place votes. UNLV, which received the other first-place vote, and Boise State were tied for second.

Reigning MW player of the year Kendall Williams of New Mexico was picked as the preseason player of the year.

San Diego State's Josh Davis, a transfer from Tulane who averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds last year, was selected as the newcomer of the year. UNLV's Kendall Smith, a product of Deer Valley High-Antioch, was pegged the freshman of the year.

The preseason all-conference team included Williams, his New Mexico teammate Alex Kirk, Boise State's Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, Nevada's Deonte Burton and UNLV's Khem Birch.

No San Jose State players were selected for any preseason honors.

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