ST. LOUIS -- For just the third time in Missouri Valley Conference history, a sophomore student-athlete has earned the Larry Bird Trophy, presented to the MVC men’s basketball Player of the Year. Sophomore AJ Green of UNI joins Doug McDermott of Creighton (2012) and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State (2014) on that illustrious list, as announced by the league office today.
- The First Team all-MVC team features three sophomores and two juniors, and only four seniors are among the Top 15 players as voted on by head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel.
- Before this year, the last time two sophomores from the same school earned first-team honors the same year was in 2014 (Fred VanVleet & Ron Baker of Wichita State).
- Before Marcus Domask this year, the last three freshmen to earn first- or second-team all-MVC honors include Rodney Buford of Creighton (1996, 2nd), Doug McDermott of Creighton (2011, 1st) and Landry Shamet of Wichita State (2017, 1st).