Eyes on These Guys

Five under-the-radar players who could be difference-makers in the MWC tournament

Alex Kirk | Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SPORTS

Alex Kirk | Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SPORTS

Alex Kirk

New Mexico
The 7-foot, 245-pound junior center has become something of a third option after Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams, but he’s still good for 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.

Jeff Elorriaga

Boise State
The senior guard has battled injuries this season, but his 3-point shooting (44.7 percent) is key to Boise State’s spread offense. He could sink a team that doesn’t pay enough defensive attention to him.

Winston Shepard

San Diego State
The versatile 6-foot-8 sophomore swingman out of Findlay Prep is starting to live up to the hype (12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game). He takes pressure off Xavier Thames with his ball-handling, and his defense on the wing is quickly becoming top-notch.

Daniel Bejarano

Colorado State
The 6-foot-4 junior guard does a bit of everything for the Rams, leading them in scoring (16.7 points per game), rebounding (8.4) and steals (1.1).

Michael Perez

The junior guard does most of his damage from the 3-point arc (34.1 percent), but if he gives the Wolf Pack a solid third option on offense after Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans Jr., they’ll be tough to beat.

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