Armstead, Hall, Williams, Cotton and Early Claim Top Awards
WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State fans, coaches and players took a look back at a historic season in 2012-13 at the Shocker Basketball Awards Celebration in front of more than 5,000 fans Monday night inside Charles Koch Arena.
The evening included comments from the Voice of the Shockers, Mike Kennedy, who emceed the event, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh, Mayor Carl Brewer and Head Coach Gregg Marshall.
Senior Malcolm Armstead, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional, took home the Wichita Eagle Most Valuable Player Award, while Tekele Cotton was named the Shocker Radio Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Senior Demetric Williams was named the KAKE TV/Shelley Cox Leadership Award winner, and senior Ehimen Orukpe, who was named to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete team, was named the Cleo Littleton Most Improved Player.
Carl Hall was named the Xavier McDaniel Rebounding Award winner as the team’s top rebounder, and Malcolm Armstead was named the Warren Armstrong Jabali Assists Award winner.
Junior Cleanthony Early, who was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team, was named the Shafer Dart Most Inspirational Player.
Seniors Carl Hall, who was named to the West Regional all-tournament team, and Demetric Williams, who is the winningest Shocker in history with 111 wins, were honored with the Ralph Miller Captain’s Award.
Mayor Brewer presented Coach Marshall and the Shockers a Key to the City, and proclaimed 2013 – A Shocker Year.
"When the Shockers beat Ohio State," Mayor Brewer said. "There was a huge reaction and a huge excitement here in the city of Wichita. The citizens jammed up our emails, they jammed up our telephones, they jammed up everything we possibly had as council members to communicate to us what they wanted us to do. There was no doubt that you guys had arrived. So given on this day, we're giving Coach Marshall and the Shockers the Key to the City."
Kansas Governor Brownback, sporting a Wichita State sweatshirt, said he was the Governor of the State of Basketball, “We had three teams start the NCAA Tournament, with one making it to the Final Four.”
"Let me clarify something," Governor Brownback said. "Wichita State University is no Cinderella. Ask Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, La Salle and The Ohio State University and they would all agree that the Shockers are not a Cinderella -- maybe Godzilla -- but not Cinderella."
Attendees were treated to a highlight video, while players were presented with Final Four watches and plaques.
The Shockers who were named NCAA West Regional award winners, Valley award winners were also presented with certificates from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State (30-9), made a Final Four appearance, which topped a six-year reconstruction at Wichita State under Head Coach Gregg Marshall. En route, WSU defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, La Salle, and Ohio State before losing to eventual National Champion Louisville in the National Semifinal game in Atlanta.
The voters in the USA Today Coaches poll rewarded the Shockers with a final No. 4 ranking, their highest final ranking ever.
The last four years have been the richest stretch in WSU history as the Shockers have won a record 111 games.
Gregg Marshall was voted the Valley's Coach-of-the-Year in 2012 and 2013, and the team has won the Valley's Defensive Team of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2013 were the first for the school since 1987 and 1988, the first in 24 years, while WSU's 2012 Missouri Valley Conference championship was the first since 2006.
Entering the 2012-13 season, the Shockers had the best two-season record in WSU history after taking WSU back to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2006, while also winning the 2011 NIT Postseason Tournament with a 5-0 record that included a finals trip to Madison Square Garden where WSU defeated Washington State and Alabama.
—Wichita State University—