Manigat & Young Pick Up Additional Men's Basketball Honors

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Two members of the Creighton men's basketball backcourt picked up additional league honors on Wednesday. Jahenns Manigat was named to the MVC's All-Bench Team, while Antoine Young landed on the league's Most Improved Team.

Manigat, a guard from Ottawa, Ontario, was named to the MVC's All-Bench Team one day after earning a spot on the league's All-Freshman Team. He averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his 31 appearances. Manigat is shooting 41.1 percent from three-point range, including a sparkling 58.3 percent from downtown in the past six games.

Young, a junior point guard from Bellevue, Neb., was named to the MVC's Most Improved Team, one day after being named second-team all-MVC. He leads the MVC in assists per game (4.6), assist/turnover ratio (2.16) and minutes played (1,113), and ranks seventh with 13.6 points per game. He is on pace to become the first player to lead The Valley in assists per game and rank top-10 in scoring since Drake's Curt Smith in 1992-93. He has nearly doubled his scoring average from 7.1 points per game last year to 13.7 points per contest, and improved his free throw accuracy from 64.3 percent to 75.7 percent.

Young is Creighton's first player named to the MVC's Most Improved Team since Anthony Tolliver in 2005-06. Manigat is the first Bluejay on the All-Bench team since both Young and Kenton Walker were recognized in 2008-09, and the league-high fifth CU player honored in the past four seasons.

Ben Smith from Wichita State was named the MVC's All-Bench Team captain, while UNI guard Anthony James was named the captain of the MVC's Most Improved squad.

Beat writers from the 10 league schools vote on the awards. All-Bench nominees could not have started more than 25 percent of a team's games through the February 24th nomination deadline. The only qualification for the Most Improved Team is no previous recognition on the MVC's first or second team in any previous season.

Thursday will feature the announcement of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as the Coach of the Year, while next Monday will see the league's Scholar-Athlete Teams being introduced. 

Fifth-seeded Creighton (18-13) opens play in the State Farm MVC Tournament on Friday at 2:35 pm against fourth-seeded Northern Iowa (19-12). The game will be contested at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

2011 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-BENCH TEAM
Student-Athlete, School          Yr.        Pos.     Ht.       Hometown (High School)
*Ben Smith, Wichita State      Jr.        F          6-5       Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast High
Ned Cox, Evansville                 So.       G          6-1       San Antonio (Texas) Judson High
Jahenns Manigat, Creighton    Fr.        G          6-1       Ottawa (Ontario) Regional Elite Dev. Acad.
Jordan Printy, Indiana State    Jr.        G          6-4       Marion (Iowa) Linn-Marr High
Garrett Stutz, Wichita State    Jr.        C          7-0       Kansas City (Kan.) North Kansas City High

2011 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE MOST-IMPROVED TEAM
Student-Athlete, School          Yr.        Pos.     Ht.       Hometown (High School)

*Anthony James, UNI              So.       G          6-0       St. Louis (Mo.) Normandy High
Will Creekmore, Missouri St    Sr.        C          6-9       Tulsa (Okla.) Edison High
David Kyles, Wichita State       Jr.        G          6-4       Dallas (Texas) Kimball High
Dyricus Simms-Edwards, BU    So.       G          6-3       Peoria (Ill.) Washington High
Antoine Young, Creighton        Jr.        G          6-0       Bellevue (Neb.) West High
 
*--indicates team captain.

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