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Ethan Wragge (34) was named MVC Sixth Man of the Year.
Courtesy: Brandon McKenna

McDermott Repeats as Player of the Year as Valley Hands Out Honors

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott became the eighth player in Missouri Valley Conference history to repeat as Larry Bird Player of the Year and teammate Ethan Wragge earned Sixth Man of the Year honors to highlight Creighton's awards haul announced by the league office on Tuesday.

McDermott was also named First Team All-MVC for the third time, while senior teammates Gregory Echenique and Grant Gibbs were Honorable-Mention All-Valley honorees for the first time. Echenique also landed a spot on the MVC's All-Defensive Team for the third straight campaign.

McDermott ranks second nationally in scoring average (23.4) and points scored (724) and is first with 252 field goals. He was named MVC Player of the Week a record eight times in 2012-13 and National Player of the Week twice. McDermott has been named a finalist for several National Player of the Year accolades, and last month became the first junior in league history to be reach 2,000 career points.

McDermott's honor as Larry Bird Player of the Year makes him the eighth player to win the honor twice, joining an elite list that includes Junior Bridgeman, Larry Bird, Lewis Lloyd, Xavier McDaniel, Hersey Hawkins, Kyle Korver and Darren Brooks. This is the league-high seventh time that Creighton has had a Player of the Year (Bob Harstad 1990, Chad Gallagher 1991, Kyle Korver 2002 & 2003, Booker Woodfox 2009, Doug McDermott 2012). McDermott's First-Team All-Valley selection makes him the 42nd player in league history to earn the honor three times, and first since Illinois State's Osiris Eldridge (2008, 2009, 2010).

Wragge was named the MVC's Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game as a reserve. He ranks fourth in the MVC with 68 three-pointers, and is one of two players nationwide (Patrick Beilein, West Virginia) with at least 210 three-pointers and fewer than 10 career starts since 1996-97 according to STATS Inc. Past Creighton players to be named MVC Sixth Man of the Year include Booker Woofox (2008), Terrell Taylor (2002) and Doug Swenson (1998).

The 2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, Echenique becomes the first Creighton player ever named to the All-Defensive Team three times. Echenique leads Creighton with 46 blocked shots and is second on the team in rebounding (6.5) and scoring (9.6). Echenique also leads The Valley in field goal percentage (.661) this season.

Gibbs is leading the MVC in assists for a second consecutive season and averages 8.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds. The senior from Marion, Iowa, also tops The Valley in assist/turnover ratio and leads the Creighton squad with 30 steals this winter.

Top-seeded Creighton (24-7) opens MVC Tournament play on Friday at 12:05 pm and will play the winner of Thursday night's Bradley/Drake contest.

2013 All-Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Team
First Team                           Yr.        Pos.    Ht.     Hometown
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State  Sr.        F         6-9     Manhattan (Kan.) South Kent Prep
Cleanthony Early, Wichita St.      Jr.        F         6-8     Middletown (N.Y.) Sullivan (N.Y.) CC
Doug McDermott, Creighton       Jr.        F         6-8     Ames (Iowa) High
Jake Odum, Indiana State            Jr.        G         6-4     Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo High
Colt Ryan, Evansville                    Sr.        G/F     6-5     Batesville (Ind.) High
 
Second Team
 Tyler Brown, Illinois State            Sr.        G         6-4     Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo / Marshalltown CC
Carl Hall, Wichita State                 Sr.        F         6-8     Cochran (Ga.) Northwest Florida State
Anthony James, UNI                     Sr.        G         6-0     St. Louis (Mo.) Normandy High
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley              Jr.        G         6-3     Chicago (Ill.) Julian High
Ben Simons, Drake                        Sr.        F         6-8     Cadillac (Mich.) High
 
Honorable-Mention Selections
 Malcolm Armstead, Wichita St.    Sr.        G         6-0     Florence (Ala.) Chipola College / Oregon
Anthony Downing, Missouri St.  Sr.        G         6-1     Atchison (Kan.) High / Independence CC
Gregory Echenique, Creighton    Sr.        C         6-9     Guatire (Venezuela) St. Benedict's (N.J.) HS
Grant Gibbs, Creighton                Sr.        G         6-5     Marion (Iowa) Linn-Mar High / Gonzaga
Desmar Jackson, S. Illinois          Jr.        G         6-5     Warren (Ohio) Warren G. Harding / Wyoming
 
All-Newcomer Team
Malcolm Armstead, Wichita St.    Sr.        G         6-0     Florence (Ala.) Chipola College / Oregon
Cleanthony Early, Wichita St.      Jr.        F         6-8     Middletown (N.Y.) Sullivan (N.Y.) CC
Desmar Jackson, S. Illinois          Jr.        G         6-5     Warren (Ohio) Warren G. Harding / Wyoming
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State  Fr.        G         6-3     St. Paul (Minn.) Johnson High
Tyshon Pickett, Bradley               Jr.        F         6-6     Passaic (N.J.) Dodge City (Kan.) CC
 
All-Freshman Team
 D.J. Balentine, Evansville               G              6-2          Kokomo (Ind.) High
Anthony Beane, Southern Illinois                 G            6-2  Normal (Ill.) High
Joey King, Drake                             F               6-9          Eagan (Minn.) Eastview High
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State   G              6-3          St. Paul (Minn.) Johnson High
Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville  C              6-10        Kursenai (Lithuania) Lithuanian U. of Educational Sciences

All-Defensive Team
 Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State  Sr.        F         6-9     Manhattan (Kan.) South Kent Prep
Gregory Echenique, Creighton    Sr.        C         6-9     Guatire (Venezuela) St. Benedict's (N.J.) HS
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley              Jr.        G         6-3     Chicago (Ill.) Julian High
Troy Taylor, Evansville                 Sr.        G         6-0     Anderson (Ind.) High
Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley           Sr.       G       6-3  Peoria (Ill.) Washington Community High


LARRY BIRD MVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR Doug McDermott, Creighton 
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Marcus Marshall, Missouri State 
DEFENSIVE MVP Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Bradley 
SIXTH-MAN OF THE YEAR Ethan Wragge, Creighton 
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DEFENSIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR Wichita State


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