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    March 5, 2013

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Southern Illinois guard Desmar Jackson was named Honorable-Mention All-Conference and was also tabbed for the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Newcomer team, the league announced today.

    Jackson, who transferred to Southern last year from Wyoming, leads the team in scoring (15.2 ppg) and is the first Saluki guard to average double-figures since Kevin Dillard, who averaged 12.3 points in the 2009-10 season. He was a two-time MVC Newcomer of the Week pick.

    SIU guard Anthony Beane was selected to the All-Freshman team. Beane is second in scoring among league freshmen, averaging 9.0 points. He is seventh all-time in points scored by a freshman at SIU with 271. He became the 10th Saluki player to earn MVC All-Freshman team honors. SIU has had an All-Freshman team member in four of the last five years, including Kevin Dillard (2009), Gene Teague (2010) and Dantiel Daniels (2012). 

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    For the first time in eight seasons, the MVC has a repeat Larry Bird Trophy winner, as Creighton's Doug McDermott was voted the league's top player for a second-straight season.

    Doug McDermott, Creighton

    Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

    Marcus Marshall, Missouri State

    Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley

    Ethan Wragge, Creighton

    Wichita State

    McDermott is the eighth player in league history to earn the Larry Bird Trophy twice. That feat was most recently accomplished by Southern Illinois' Darren Brooks(2004 and 2005). McDermott leads The Valley and ranks second nationally with 23.4 points per game. He ranks third in the conference in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and is second in three-point percentage (48.1). The junior forward has helped Creighton to a 24-7 overall record, 13-5 league record and the Bluejays' first regular-season outright crown since 2000-01.

     He received 35 of a possible 36 first-place votes and outdistanced Evansville's Colt Ryan in voting conducted by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel (voters could not vote for their own student-athlete.) Entering this season, from 1969-2012, 0 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 15 juniors (seven of whom repeated) and 28 seniors had won the award. McDermott is the first player to win his second Larry Bird Trophy as a junior.

     He is one of 14 finalists for the 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. The recipients for that award are announced on April 5 in Atlanta and presented on April 15.

     McDermott is the first MVC player since Hersey Hawkins (1986-88) with consecutive 700-point seasons, and he is second in the nation with 724 points this season. He is The Valley's only player with multiple games of 41+ points since at least 1996-97.

     The league's Newcomer of the Year is Wichita State's Cleanthony Early. It marks the second-straight year that a Shocker earned Newcomer of the Year laurels (Carl Hall). Early is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 rebounds while helping the Shockers to a 24-7 campaign and second-place finish in the league standings. Four previous Shockers (Hall in 2012, Aaron Hogg in 2003, Robert Elmore in 1975 and Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson in 1976) also earned the league's top honor for first-year players.

     This year's Freshman of the Year is Marcus Marshall of Missouri State. He enters the weekend within 21 points of Blake Ahearn's school scoring record for freshman players. In 30 games, Marshall has tallied 325 (10.8 ppg) points, just 21 shy of Ahearn's 2003-04 season total of 346 (33 games). Ahearn is the only other MSU player to earn MVC Freshman of the Year honors. Marshall is the Valley's top-scoring freshman player this season and also ranks fourth among the league's freshmen in rebounds (3.0) and assists (2.0) and is tied for third in 3-pointers (38).

     This year's Defensive Player of the Year honor goes to Bradley's Dyricus Simms-Edwards. The league's leader with 84 steals, Simms-Edwards has already established a school record for single-season swipes, and his next steal will tie him for fifth place with Larry Bird on the league's all-time single-season list for steals. He ranks fourth in the nation in steals, and he's second for the Braves in points per game (12.5). He's the fourth Brave to win the MVC's top defensive honor (started in 1989), but the first to do it since Patrick O'Bryant claimed MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006.

     The MVC also selects a "Sixth Man Award" recipient, and this season's honor goes to Creighton's Ethan Wragge. The honor is presented to the league's top reserve player (one who has started fewer than 25 percent of his team's games). Wragge has played in all 31 games this year, with no starts, and he averages 7.8 points per game. He has made 68 treys this year -- good for fourth best in the league. In fact, his 214 career three-pointers ranks third-best all-time at Creighton, and he's only the fourth player in the NCAA in the past 15 years to make 200+ treys with fewer than 10 career starts. He's the fourth Creighton player to earn the Sixth Man Award, and first Bluejay to do it since Booker Woodfox in 2008.

     In addition to the specialty awards, the conference announced its all-conference units (first-team, second-team and honorable mention), all-newcomer team, all-freshman team, and all-defense team. The all-bench and most-improved units have been selected by the league's beat writers and will be announced Wednesday (March 6). A complete listing of all-conference honorees and previous season specialty award winners is attached.

    2013 All-Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Team
    First Team
    Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
    Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
    Doug McDermott, Creighton
    Jake Odum, Indiana State
    Colt Ryan, Evansville

    Second Team
    Tyler Brown, Illinois State
    Carl Hall, Wichita State
    Anthony James, UNI
    Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
    Ben Simons, Drake

    Honorable-Mention Selections
    Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State
    Anthony Downing, Missouri State
    Gregory Echenique, Creighton
    Grant Gibbs, Creighton
    Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois

    All-Newcomer Team
    Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State
    Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
    Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois
    Marcus Marshall, Missouri State
    Tyshon Pickett, Bradley

    All-Freshman Team
    D.J. Balentine, Evansville
    Anthony Beane, Southern Illinois
    Joey King, Drake
    Marcus Marshall, Missouri State
    Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville

    All-Defensive Team
    Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
    Gregory Echenique, Creighton
    Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
    Troy Taylor, Evansville
    Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley