Great Osobor Named Mountain West Player Of The Year For No. 18 Utah State

Mar 12, 2024, 11:28 AM

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 13: Great Osobor #1 of the Utah State Aggies looks on in the second half of a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on January 13, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LOGAN, Utah— No rational mind could have predicted Great Osobor’s meteoric rise when the soon-to-be junior forward signed with Utah State in May 2023. Fast forward nine months, and Osobor is the Mountain West Player and Newcomer of the Year, along with earning All-MWC First Team recognition after leading the No. 18 Aggies to the program’s first outright MW regular season championship.

The Mountain West announced its regular season awards on Tuesday, March 12.

Osobor has been a standout player individually and played a crucial role in the team’s success. His ability to score with his back to the basket and make smart passes when needed has made him the Aggies’ go-to low post scorer. His role significantly contributed to the team’s top-seed position in the 2024 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championships.

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Osobor was the Mountain West’s third-leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points per game while connecting at a 57.2 percent rate (second). Not just an offensive weapon, the 6’8 wing led the league with nine rebounds, forced 1.3 steals (12th), and blocked 1.5 shots (third) per night. He put up eight double-doubles in MW play while reaching double-figure points in all but one league game.

Osobor became the second Aggie and the first since Sam Merrill in 2018-19 to be named Mountain West Player of the Year.

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Utah State (26-5, 14-4) enters the 2024 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championships as the No. 1 overall seed. The Aggies will face the winner of No. 8 Wyoming (15-16, 8-10) vs. No. 9 Fresno State (11-20, 4-14) on Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. MT. USU beat both teams twice in the regular season.

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Great Osobor Named Mountain West Player Of The Year For No. 18 Utah State