ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri State junior Kyle Weems has been picked as the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year.
Weems, who was honored Tuesday, is the only player in the conference ranked in the top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and free throw percentage. The Bears (23-7) won a school-record 15 conference games and are the top seed in the league tournament after winning their first conference title.
Weems averages 16.3 points and seven rebounds and is shooting 50.7 percent, while leading the team with 37 steals and ranking second with 26 blocks. He's also a 40.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and received all but three possible first-place votes from a panel of sports information directors and media.
Others on the first team included Creighton's Doug McDermott, Kwadzo Ahelegbe of Northern Iowa, J.T. Durley of Wichita State and Andrew Warren of Bradley.
McDermott was the second freshman in league history to be picked first-team all-conference. McDermott, who averages 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds, also was named newcomer of the year and freshman of the year.
Ahelegbe was second in player of year balloting and also was named to the all-defense team for the third straight time, heading that unit this season.
Warren leads the Valley with a 19-point average and also leads the conference in 3-pointers (71) and minutes played (36.5 average). Durley averages 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Missouri State also landed two players on the second team, center Will Creekmore and guard Jermaine Mallett.
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