Proving that good things come to those who dominate, Nevada Las Vegas forward Armon Gilliam was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. player of the year and Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV coach, was named the PCAA coach of the year by a vote of conference coaches Thursday.
Gilliam, 6-foot 9-inch senior from Pittsburgh, led UNLV (30-1), the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, in scoring (23.2), rebounding (9.3) and field-goal percentage (60.4%).
Tarkanian led UNLV to its fifth straight PCAA regular-season championship with an 18-0 conference record.
UC Irvine guard Scott Brooks, who led the conference in scoring with a 23.6 average, was also named to the conference first team.
Nevada Las Vegas placed three players on the conference's first team. Joining Gilliam were guards Freddie Banks and Mark Wade.
The coaches' team:
First Team--Freddie Banks (UNLV, guard), Rick Berry (San Jose State, guard), Scott Brooks (UCI, guard), Armon Gilliam (UNLV, forward), Kenny Travis (New Mexico State, guard).
Second Team--Brent Counts (Pacific, center), Richard Morton (Cal State Fullerton, guard), Kevin Nixon (Utah State, guard), Brian Shaw (UC Santa Barbara, guard), Brian Vaughans (UC Santa Barbara, forward).
Honorable Mention--Mike Mitchell (Fresno State, forward).
All-Freshman Team--Keith Billingslea (Fresno State, guard), Carrick DeHart (UC Santa Barbara, guard), Rudy Harvey (Cal State Long Beach, guard), Keith Hill (New Mexico State, guard), Greg Trygstad (UC Santa Barbara, forward).