ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Fresh off a 30-win campaign and a trip to the NCAA Final Four, Wichita State has been picked to win the 2013-14 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball crown. The Shockers received all 40 first-place tallies, marking just the second time in the past 25 years an MVC team was a unanimous choice to win the league.
The Shockers have a pair of student-athletes on the pre-season team, including MVC Preseason Player of the Year Cleanthony Early and sophomore Ron Baker. Early (13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is one of two returning first-team selections from last year’s all-conference squad and Baker (8.7 ppg), despite missing half of the season with an injury, was a key cog for the Shockers down the stretch and during the postseason.
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2013-14 MVC Preseason Team
Ron Baker, Wichita State So. G 6-3 Scott City (Kan.) High
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State Sr. F 6-8 Middletown (N.Y.) Sullivan JC
Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois Sr. G 6-5 Warren (Ohio) U. of Wyoming
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley Sr. G 6-3 Chicago (Ill.) Julian
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State So. G 6-3 St. Paul (Minn.) Johnson
Jake Odum, Indiana State Sr. G 6-4 Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo
Seth Tuttle, UNI Jr. F 6-8 Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork
Honorable Mention Selections:
Manny Arop, Indiana State Sr. G/F 6-5 Edmonton (Alberta) Gonzaga
Tyshon Pickett, Bradley Sr. F 6-6 Passaic (N.Y.) High
Seth VanDeest, Drake Sr. C 6-11 Bettendorf (Iowa) High
Preseason Player of the Year: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Team determined by panel of league SIDs, media, and coaches.