McDermott Headlines 2013 All-Conference Team
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in eight seasons, the Missouri Valley Conference has a repeat Larry Bird Trophy winner, as Creighton's Doug McDermott has been voted as the league's top player for a second-straight season.

LARRY BIRD MVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Doug McDermott, Creighton

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State

DEFENSIVE MVP
Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley

SIXTH-MAN OF THE YEAR
Ethan Wragge, Creighton

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
DEFENSIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Wichita State

  McDermott is the eighth player in league history to earn the Larry Bird Trophy twice. That feat was most recently accomplished by Southern Illinois' Darren Brooks (2004 and 2005). McDermott leads The Valley and ranks second nationally with 23.4 points per game. He ranks third in the conference in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and is second in three-point percentage (48.1). The junior forward has helped Creighton to a 24-7 overall record, 13-5 league record and the Bluejays' first regular-season outright crown since 2000-01.

 He received 35 of a possible 36 first-place votes and outdistanced Evansville's Colt Ryan in voting conducted by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel (voters could not vote for their own student-athlete.) Entering this season, from 1969-2012, 0 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 15 juniors (seven of whom repeated) and 28 seniors had won the award. McDermott is the first player to win his second Larry Bird Trophy as a junior.

 He is one of 14 finalists for the 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. The recipients for that award are announced on April 5 in Atlanta and presented on April 15.

 McDermott is the first MVC player since Hersey Hawkins (1986-88) with consecutive 700-point seasons, and he is second in the nation with 724 points this season. He is The Valley's only player with multiple games of 41+ points since at least 1996-97.

 The league's Newcomer of the Year is Wichita State's Cleanthony Early. It marks the second-straight year that a Shocker earned Newcomer of the Year laurels (Carl Hall). Early is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 rebounds while helping the Shockers to a 24-7 campaign and second-place finish in the league standings. Four previous Shockers (Hall in 2012, Aaron Hogg in 2003, Robert Elmore in 1975 and Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson in 1976) also earned the league's top honor for first-year players.

 This year's Freshman of the Year is Marcus Marshall of Missouri State. He enters the weekend within 21 points of Blake Ahearn's school scoring record for freshman players. In 30 games, Marshall has tallied 325 (10.8 ppg) points, just 21 shy of Ahearn's 2003-04 season total of 346 (33 games). Ahearn is the only other MSU player to earn MVC Freshman of the Year honors. Marshall is the Valley's top-scoring freshman player this season and also ranks fourth among the league's freshmen in rebounds (3.0) and assists (2.0) and is tied for third in 3-pointers (38).

 This year's Defensive Player of the Year honor goes to Bradley's Dyricus Simms-Edwards. The league's leader with 84 steals, Simms-Edwards has already established a school record for single-season swipes, and his next steal will tie him for fifth place with Larry Bird on the league's all-time single-season list for steals. He ranks fourth in the nation in steals, and he's second for the Braves in points per game (12.5). He's the fourth Brave to win the MVC's top defensive honor (started in 1989), but the first to do it since Patrick O'Bryant claimed MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006.

 The MVC also selects a “Sixth Man Award” recipient, and this season’s honor goes to Creighton's Ethan Wragge. The honor is presented to the league's top reserve player (one who has started fewer than 25 percent of his team's games). Wragge has played in all 31 games this year, with no starts, and he averages 7.8 points per game. He has made 68 treys this year -- good for fourth best in the league. In fact, his 214 career three-pointers ranks third-best all-time at Creighton, and he's only the fourth player in the NCAA in the past 15 years to make 200+ treys with fewer than 10 career starts. He's the fourth Creighton player to earn the Sixth Man Award, and first Bluejay to do it since Booker Woodfox in 2008.

 In addition to the specialty awards, the conference announced its all-conference units (first-team, second-team and honorable mention), all-newcomer team, all-freshman team, and all-defense team. The all-bench and most-improved units have been selected by the league’s beat writers and will be announced Wednesday (March 6). A complete listing of all-conference honorees and previous season specialty award winners is attached.

2013 All-Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Team
First Team
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Colt Ryan, Evansville

Second Team
Tyler Brown, Illinois State
Carl Hall, Wichita State
Anthony James, UNI
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
Ben Simons, Drake

Honorable-Mention Selections
Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State
Anthony Downing, Missouri State
Gregory Echenique, Creighton
Grant Gibbs, Creighton
Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois

All-Newcomer Team
Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State
Tyshon Pickett, Bradley

All-Freshman Team
D.J. Balentine, Evansville
Anthony Beane, Southern Illinois
Joey King, Drake
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State
Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville

All-Defensive Team
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
Gregory Echenique, Creighton
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
Troy Taylor, Evansville
Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley