This is what I sent to the MVC office on Sunday. I can’t vote for Wichita State people. All-MVC (in rank order) Kyle Weems – Forward – Missouri State Kwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNI Doug McDermott – Forward – Creighton Andrew Warren – Guard – Bradley Jermaine Mallett – Guard – Missouri State Jake Odum – Guard – Indiana State Will Creekmore – Center – Missouri State Antoine Young – Guard – Creighton Anthony James – Guard – UNI Carl Richard – Guard/Forward – Indiana State
WSU: Had I been able to vote for Shockers, I would put J.T. Durley on the first team. Good scorer. His improvement on defense and rebounding starting in mid-January help. He is also an improved passer out of double-teams and has more assists than turnovers. He plays fewer minutes than most MVC big men, so his totals of 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds match up well with the others. I put Toure Murry on second team, although his last few games made me think about that. Overall, however, I think he played a crucial role on the Valley’s second-best team. His shooting is a negative. It’s a negative for a lot of second-team guys. Murry did a good job as emergency point guard, rebounds better than a lot of forwards and centers and plays good defense. I would consider Gabe Blair for second team. All-Newcomer Doug McDermott – Forward – Creighton Jake Odum – Guard – Indiana State Mamadou Seck – Forward – Southern Illinois Gregory Echenique – Center – Creighton Rayvonte Rice – Guard – Drake
WSU: Ben Smith will be on this team. It’s a strong year for newcomers, especially freshmen. All-Freshman Doug McDermott – Forward – Creighton Jake Odum – Guard – Indiana State Rayvonte Rice – Guard – Drake Jordan Prosser – Forward – Bradley Jon Ekey – Forward – Illinois State
WSU: Nobody. Player of the Year Kyle Weems – Forward – Missouri State Kwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNI Doug McDermott – Forward – Creighton
WSU: No candidates. Weems is the clear guy here. Coach of the Year Cuonzo Martin – Coach – Missouri State Greg Lansing – Coach – Indiana State Marty Simmons – Coach – Evansville
Lots of good candidates. Going 15-3 with essentially the same cast as last season’s 8-10 team gets Martin my vote. He took a team without much depth and won the MVC. Lansing and Simmons improved their teams quite a bit from 2010. Newcomer and Freshman of the Year Doug McDermott – Forward – Creighton Jake Odum – Guard – Indiana State Sixth Man of the Year Ned Cox – Guard – Evansville Caleb Patterson – Center – Missouri State
WSU: Ben Smith is my pick for this award.
Will Creekmore – Center – Missouri State Gregory Echenique – Center – Creighton Jermaine Mallett – Guard – Missouri State Kwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNI Jake Odum – Guard – Indiana State
WSU: In past years, the MVC didn’t trust media with this award. It’s probably the toughest one to vote for in my opinion. A lot of good defense can happen away from the ball, and it’s hard for me to watch that. Murry, Graham Hatch and Aaron Ellis are WSU people I would consider voting for. Defensive Team Wichita State Around the Valley
Dave Reynolds of the Peoria Journal-Star addresses coach Jim Les’ future and lists his All-MVC team. Todd Golden, Terre Haute Tribune-Star, checks in with his All-MVC picks, including WSU as the top defensive team.