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Idaho’s Barone WAC Player of the Year

DENVER – Idaho Vandals senior center Kyle Barone was voted the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year by the league’s basketball coaches, the conference announced on Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 Barone led the WAC in both scoring and rebounding with 18.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per conference game. He was second with a 58.3 field-goal percentage and fourth with an 80.9 free-throw percentage.

He is the first Idaho player to earn WAC Player of the Year honors.

Barone, from Garden Grove, Calif., scored a career-high 27 points twice in 2012-13, racked up 16 double-doubles, scored 20 or more points nine times and had 20-point, 10-rebound efforts on eight occasions.

Barone has never missed a game in his four-year career, and is Idaho’s career-leader with 125 games played.

His 1,414 career points rank fourth in program history and his 864 career rebounds rank second.

Barone was the only Idaho player selected to the All-WAC teams.