Clevin Hannah's worth to Wichita State can be quantified with statistics. He leads the Shockers in scoring and assists.
Some of what he provides, however, is harder to measure. The mixture of both is why Hannah, a senior guard, was voted to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team announced Tuesday.
"When he's in the game, everyone gains a certain confidence that everything is going to be all right," WSU junior Graham Hatch said.
Hannah is the first Shocker to earn All-MVC first- or second-team honors since Player of the Year Paul Miller in 2006. Sophomore guard Toure Murry was an honorable-mention selection. He was also named to the all-defensive team. WSU junior forward Gabe Blair was named to the All-Newcomer team.
Northern Iowa's Adam Koch was voted Player of the Year. Illinois State center Dinma Odiakosa earned Defensive MVP honors for a second straight season.
Hannah wasn't sure he belonged in that company before his junior season, when he transferred from Chipola (Fla.) College. After one tour through the MVC, he knew what he needed to work on. He got stronger and quicker to play better defense. He took on more leadership and more control of the offense. With more scorers to help, he was able to spread the ball around more and make WSU a better offensive team.
"I got better running my team and helping other guys get good shots," Hannah said. "Defensively, I put my mind to it. I knew I had to be a better defender. I knew I had to be more aggressive on the defensive end if I wanted to be a good player."
Hannah, from Holly Springs, Miss., averages 12.2 points. He is second in the MVC in assists with an average of 4.9 and second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.3. He leads the MVC in free-throw accuracy at 90.4 percent and is second in three- point percentage at 43.1.
"He's a big-shot maker," Hatch said. "Every time he shoots, I think he's going to make it."
Hannah has been a key figure in rebuilding WSU. The Shockers went 11-20 the season before he arrived. As a junior, he helped them to a 17-17 record. This season, WSU (23-8) finished second in the MVC.
"I know I put a lot of work in during my two years here," he said. "It means I had a great two years, a great season this year, and hopefully I can keep pushing on and pushing it as long as I can to keep it going."
Murry, a guard from Houston, averages 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. He usually guarded the opposing team's top scorer.
Blair, a transfer from East Carolina, averaged 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.
The second-seeded Shockers open play in the MVC Tournament at 6:05 p.m., Friday. They play the winner of Thursday's game between seventh-seeded Missouri State (19-11) and 10th-seeded Evansville (9-20).
The MVC's All-Bench and Most Improved teams are released today. Coach of the Year and Scholar-Athlete honors are announced Thursday.