The Missouri Valley Conference announced its awards for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday as the list of winners is headlined by plenty of Chicago-area talent.
Illinois State cleaned up plenty of awards on Tuesday as senior point guard Paris Lee won the Larry Bird Trophy as the Missouri Valley Conference's Player of the Year. Lee averaged 13.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season while also leading the Valley in assists (5.1 apg) and steals (2.0).
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Lee, a former Proviso East product who is Division I's active career leader in steals, was also a first-team all-MVC selection along with Loyola senior and former Marshall star Milton Doyle.
Rounding out the first team for all-MVC honors is Wichita State freshman guard Landry Shamet, Missouri State junior forward Alize Johnson and Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie.
Southern Illinois senior and former Mundelein product Sean O'Brien found his way onto the second team for all-MVC honors while Loyola junior and former Simeon graduate Donte Ingram was selected for third-team honors.
You can view the complete list of Missouri Valley Conference award winners here.
CSN will have plenty of Missouri Valley Conference action going on this week as the network will air the first round and quarterfinals of Arch Madness live on Thursday night and all day on Friday.
Porter Morter isn't going anywhere.
After reports circulated that St. John's offered him a long-term contract worth north of $2 million per year, the 50-year-old head coach has decided instead to stay at Loyola. He's led the Ramblers to three 20-win seasons in the past five years, and guided the program in 2018 to their first Final Four appearance since 1963 — a span of 55 years.
Moser released this statement on his Twitter account on Tuesday:
Dear Rambler Nation,
I know there have been a lot of things swirling out there the past few days. Because I have coached and coached with some amazing young men, and because I have had the support of the University, friends, family, and the loyal Loyola fans; opportunities have arisen. I know that is part of the business, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm humbled, grateful, and grounded with what comes my way.
People in business say I'm crazy for passing up opportunities and the money. But what they don't know is the amazing young men I coach and the culture we have built. What they don't know are the amazing young men who are committed to come to Loyola and wear the Maroon and Gold. What they don't know are the people and friends that make up the Loyola community. And what they don't know is what makes me tick.
So what I do say to Rambler nation is ... let's keep building this culture and making a difference. Let's keep chasing championships. Let's do things better than we have ever done before.
With that said ... I'M ALL IN!
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