Shockers' Garrett Stutz, Joe Ragland named All-MVC

02/28/2012 5:00 AM

03/11/2012 1:06 PM

Wichita State’s Garrett Stutz and Joe Ragland earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors on Tuesday, giving the Shockers two first-team picks for the first time since 1983.

The honors didn’t stop there for the MVC champions. Toure Murry claimed a spot on the All-Defensive team and honorable mention all-conference. Junior Carl Hall was named the Newcomer of the Year. Ben Smith joins Murry on the All-Defensive team.

WSU earned Defensive Team of the Year honors for a second straight season.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott was named Larry Bird Player of the Year. He joins Stutz, Ragland, Evansville’s Colt Ryan and Missouri State’s Kyle Weems on the second team. Northern Iowa forward Seth Tuttle recieved Freshman of the Year honors. Creighton center Gregory Echenique was named Defensive Player of the Year. Evansville’s Ned Cox was named Sixth-Man of the Year.

McDermott, the first sophomore to be named Player of the Year, received 96 votes. Stutz received eight first-place votes and 57 total to finish second. Ragland received two first-place votes and 21, placing behind Ryan’s 46. Forty people (coach, sports information director, two media members) rank three Player of the Year candidates and are not allowed to vote for schools they are associated with.

Coach of the Year is announced Thursday morning at a luncheon in St. Louis.

WSU (26-4) opens MVC Tournament play on at 12:05 p.m. Friday in St. Louis.

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