Wichita State Shockers

Smith, Stutz, Kyles honored by Valley

The Shockers' Ben Smith dives for a loose ball in the 2nd half against Virginia Commonwealth  Friday at Koch Arena. The Shockers lost to VCU 68-67. (Feb. 18, 2011)
The Shockers' Ben Smith dives for a loose ball in the 2nd half against Virginia Commonwealth Friday at Koch Arena. The Shockers lost to VCU 68-67. (Feb. 18, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State junior Ben Smith was named captain of the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Bench team on Wednesday.

Smith, a 6-foot-4 forward from Oklahoma City, averaged 7.1 points and 2.2 rebounds and scored in double figures 10 times. He was named MVC Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday.

WSU center Garrett Stutz, a 7-foot junior from Kansas City, was also named to the All-Bench team. Stutz averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Junior David Kyles, from Dallas, was named to the Most-Improved team. Kyles, a 6-4 guard, is second on the team with an average of 10 points. He made 40.5 percent of his three-pointers and started 21 games. Last season, Kyles averaged 5.2 points and shot 31.5 percent from behind the arc.

The teams are voted on by newspaper beat writers.

All-Bench team — Smith, Stutz; Ned Cox, Evansville; Jordan Printy, Indiana State; Jahenns Manigat, Creighton.

Most-Improved team — Kyles; Anthony James, Northern Iowa; Will Creekmore, Missouri State; Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley; Antoine Young, Creighton.

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