Updated: 01/07/2014 11:20 AM |
Created: 01/06/2014 7:44 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
University of New Mexico big man Cameron Bairstow is having the best year of his Lobo career, leading UNM with over 20 points a game. But Kendall Williams, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Year, is also putting up even better numbers than last season.
"I think he's playing the best basketball since he's been a Lobo and he's not going to get the recognition," said UNM head coach Craig Neal.
Williams has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season. Last weekend, he joined BYU's Jimmer Fredette as the only players in Mountain West history with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 150 steals.
"I think Kendall Williams has done a lot better in his shot selection, plays to the rim and passes he's made," said Neal. "I think he's a lot more solid playing the game at a high, high speed, under control and really having a feel for what's going on out there."
Williams is averaging 18.8 points per game and dishes out over 5 assists a game. The senior is also 104-for-123 from the free throw line. He is 11th on UNM's all-time scoring list and 23 points away from moving into the top 10.
Even though Neal is quick to praise Williams, he also wasn't ready to hand out any end of the year awards just yet. "There's a lot of games left," Neal added.