Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
(L-R) Kyle Barone, Deremy Geiger, Landon Tatum, Djim Bandoumel
Four Vandals honored
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 03/04/2012
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DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference announced its individual men’s basketball postseason awards on Sunday and honored four University of Idaho players.

In a vote of the league’s coaches, junior center Kyle Barone (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) was selected to the All-WAC Second Team, while senior guard Deremy Geiger (Las Vegas, Nev./Grayson County College) was an Honorable Mention pick.

Senior guard Landon Tatum (San Antonio, Texas/South Plains College) was a WAC All-Defensive Team selection, while senior forward Djim Bandoumel (Quebec City, Quebec/Monroe College) was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team.

“I couldn’t be happier for those guys,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said. “I thought it was a great thing for the program. Like all individual awards, it comes from good team play, and that’s what our team has had this year.”

Barone is averaging 12.6 points and a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game. He’s added 46 assists, 17 steals and a team-best 47 blocked shots – already the fifth-most in Idaho single-season history. He’s shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and leads Idaho with 97 made free throws this year.

Geiger leads the team with 13.0 points per game and 25 steals. He’s second on the team with 72 assists and also has 71 rebounds. Geiger is shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range to rank 13th in the NCAA. His 80 makes on 3-pointers this year are tied for third in Idaho single-season history.

Tatum leads Idaho this season with eight drawn charges – his most notable in the closing seconds to clinch Idaho’s 57-54 win over Utah State on Jan. 21 – and is second on the team with 24 steals this year. After only playing in eight games early last season, Bandoumel has emerged as a regular in the Vandal lineup. He’s averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 assists per game on team-best 55.2 percent shooting.

“Landon’s defense speaks for itself and he’s done very well for us this year,” Verlin said. “For Djim, it didn’t feel like he’s a newcomer, but he had a great year for us.”

Barone was an All-WAC honorable mention pick last season. Geiger, Tatum and Bandoumel earned WAC postseason honors for the first time in their careers.

Nevada sophomore Deone Burton was named WAC Player of the Year, while Wolf Pack head coach David Carter was voted Don Haskins Coach of the Year. Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby was selected WAC Freshman of the Year.

The All-WAC First Team was Nevada’s Burton and forward Olek Czyz, Vander Joaquim of Hawai`i, Utah State’s Preston Medlin and New Mexico State’s Wendell McKines. In addition to Barone, the Second Team was Fresno State’s Kevin Olekaibe, New Mexico State’s Hernst Laroche, Nevada’s Dario Hunt and LA Tech’s Appleby.

2011-12 WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Award Winners
All-WAC First Team
Vander Joaquim, Hawai‘i, C, 6-10, Jr., Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah)
Deonte Burton, Nevada, G, 6-1, So., Los Angeles, Calif. (Compton Centenial HS)
Olek Czyz, Nevada, F, 6-7, Sr., Gdynia, Poland (Duke)
Wendell McKines, New Mexico State, F,  6-6, Sr., Oakland, Calif. (Richmond HS)
Preston Medlin, Utah State, G, 6-4, So., Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)

All-WAC Second Team
Kevin Olekaibe, Fresno State, G, 6-2, So., Las Vegas, Nev. (Cimarron-Memorial HS)
Kyle Barone, Idaho, C, 6-10, Jr., Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacifica HS)
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Fr., Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS)
Dario Hunt, Nevada, F, 6-8, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Charis Prep School)
Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State, G, 6-1, Sr., Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Vanier College)

Honorable Mention
Zane Johnson, Hawai‘i, G, 6-6, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Arizona)
Deremy Geiger, Idaho, G, 5-11, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev. (Grayson County College)
Trevor Gaskins, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Ole Miss)
Malik Story, Nevada, G, 6-5, Jr., Pasadena, Calif. (Indiana)
Hamidu Rahman, New Mexico State, C, 6-11, Sr., Somerset, N.J. (American Christian HS)
Brockeith Pane, Utah State, G, 6-1, Sr., Dallas, Texas (Midland JC)

Player of the Year: Deonte Burton, So., G, Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Raheem Appleby, G, Louisiana Tech
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: David Carter, Nevada

All-Defensive Team
Vander Joaquim, Hawai‘i, C, 6-10, Jr., Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah)
Landon Tatum, Idaho, G, 5-11, Sr., San Antonio, Texas (South Plains College)
Trevor Gaskins, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Ole Miss)
Jerry Evans Jr, Nevada, G, 6-8, So., Lawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger HS)
Dario Hunt, Nevada, F, 6-8, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Charis Prep School)

All-Newcomer Team
Djim Bandoumel, Idaho, F, 6-7, Sr., Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Monroe College)
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Fr., Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS)
Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State, G, 6-2, Fr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Laurier)
James Kinney, San Jose State, G, 6-2, Jr., Champaign, Ill. (Eastern Utah College, Ohio U.)
Kyisean Reed, Utah State, F, 6-6, Jr., Palmdale, Calif. (Antelope Valley JC)
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