March 4, 2009
St. LOUIS, Mo. - Saluki sophomore guard Justin Bocot was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench team, while teammate Carlton Fay was tabbed for the Most-Improved team, the league announced Wednesday.
Bocot has played in all 30 games, 22 of them off the bench, and averages 5.8 ppg. His average in conference games jumped to 7.8 ppg, including a career-high 28 points at Missouri State. Bocot is now in the starting lineup, due to an injury to Bryan Mullins.
Fay is the team's second-leading scorer at 10.5 ppg, a substantial improvement over last year's scoring average of 2.4 ppg. The sophomore forward ranks seventh in the MVC in free throw shooting (.804). He has posted double figures in 19 of 30 games.
Sophomores Lucas O'Rear and Kwadzo Ahelegbe of Northern Iowa headline the list of selections for the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men's basketball. O'Rear, a native of Nashville, Ill., was named the league's Team Captain for the All-Bench Team, while Ahelegbe, a native of Oakdale, Minn., was selected the conference's Team Captain for the Most-Improved Team.
Justin Bocot, Southern Illinois
Travis Brown, UNI
Will Creekmore, Missouri State
*Lucas O'Rear, UNI
Brandon Sampay, Illinois State
Kenton Walker, Creighton
Antoine Young, Creighton
MOST IMPROVED TEAM
*Kwadzo Ahelegbe, UNI
Carlton Fay, Southern Illinois
Nate Garner, Evansville
Emmanuel Holloway, Illinois State
Josh Parker, Drake
Jay Tunnell, Indiana State
The teams, which were selected by the league's newspaper beat writers, are comprised of a minimum of five student-athletes (top five vote-getters, plus ties) on each squad and feature a mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen, including a freshman, seven sophomores, and five seniors.