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My All-MVC ballot

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 StateKwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNIDoug McDermott – Forward – CreightonAndrew Warren – Guard – BradleyJermaine Mallett – Guard – Missouri StateJake Odum – Guard – Indiana StateWill Creekmore – Center – Missouri StateAntoine Young – Guard – CreightonAnthony James – Guard – UNICarl 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-NewcomerDoug McDermott – Forward – CreightonJake Odum – Guard – Indiana StateMamadou Seck – Forward – Southern IllinoisGregory Echenique – Center – CreightonRayvonte Rice – Guard – Drake

WSU: Ben Smith will be on this team. It’s a strong year for newcomers, especially freshmen.All-FreshmanDoug McDermott – Forward – CreightonJake Odum – Guard – Indiana StateRayvonte Rice – Guard – DrakeJordan Prosser – Forward – BradleyJon Ekey – Forward – Illinois State

WSU: Nobody.Player of the YearKyle Weems – Forward – Missouri StateKwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNIDoug McDermott – Forward – Creighton

WSU: No candidates. Weems is the clear guy here.Coach of the YearCuonzo Martin – Coach – Missouri StateGreg Lansing – Coach – Indiana StateMarty 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 YearDoug McDermott – Forward – CreightonJake Odum – Guard – Indiana StateSixth Man of the YearNed Cox – Guard – EvansvilleCaleb Patterson – Center – Missouri State

WSU: Ben Smith is my pick for this award.

All-Defensive Team

Will Creekmore – Center – Missouri StateGregory Echenique – Center – CreightonJermaine Mallett – Guard – Missouri StateKwadzo Ahelegbe – Guard – UNIJake 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 TeamWichita StateAround 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.