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Wichita State Dominates MVC Awards

Associated Press - March 4, 2014 9:37 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Wichita State sophomore Fred VanVleet has been voted the Missouri Valley player of the year, leading a strong showing by the unbeaten Shockers in the league’s postseason awards.

VanVleet received 22 of a possible 36 votes cast by coaches, athletic department officials and the media on Tuesday, easily outdistancing teammates Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker.

It’s the first time in the award’s history that a school swept the top three spots.

VanVleet, Baker and Early were joined on the all Missouri Valley first team by Evansville’s D.J. Balentine, Jake Odum of Indiana State and Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa.

Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton was voted second team all conference, while Darius Carter made the all newcomer team. Cotton and VanVleet were picked for the all defensive team.