I can’t vote for Wichita State players on my official ballot. I will list (Shockers) where I would include them, if allowed.
Doug McDermott, Creighton - Great offensive player. No wasted movement. No bad shots.
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State - I’d pick him second in an MVC draft.
Colt Ryan, Evansville - Motion offense perfectly suited to his strengths.
Jake Odum, Indiana State - No player more responsible for one team’s success.
Grant Gibbs, Creighton - Advanced stats love Gibbs, who is one of the Valley’s most efficient scorers and a great passer. He helped direct one of the nation’s best offenses.
(Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State) – WSU’s best combination of a spark on offense and defense. He directed one team to a 9-1 record, then took a much different one to second place in the MVC.
All-MVC second team
Tyler Brown, Illinois State - First-team numbers. Second team on my ballot because of his suspension and issues that sunk Illinois State during its 0-6 MVC start.
Anthony James, Northern Iowa - James averaged 13.6 points and made 44 percent of his threes during UNI’s 7-2 February.
Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa - Another favorite of advanced stats for his offensive efficiency.
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley - Carried a big burden for the Valley’s most improved team.
Anthony Downing, Missouri State - Good all-around player who had to lead a team loaded with freshmen.
(Cleanthony Early, Carl Hall, Wichita State – Both are legit second-team picks. Early will get a lot of first-team votes, and deservedly so. Hall missed five MVC games with an injury, which would keep him on second team on my ballot.)
Player of the Year – McDermott
Coach of the Year – Gregg Marshall, Wichita State. Creighton should have strolled to the title this season. WSU made the Bluejays work up until the final day, despite injuries that would have ruined most teams.
Freshman of the Year – Marcus Marshall, Missouri State. He really stood out in a weak season for freshmen.
Newcomer of the Year – Tyshon Pickett, Bradley. Gave the Braves much-needed toughness in the lane. (Cleanthony Early, WSU – Easy choice after winning the weekly honor six times.)