Patterson Earns Spot on MVC Most-Improved Team

Feb. 29, 2012

ST. LOUIS -- The second wave of postseason men's basketball honors was released by the Missouri Valley Conference Wednesday (Feb. 29), and Missouri State senior Caleb Patterson was recognized on the league's Most-Improved Team.

Patterson, a 6-11 center from Ames, Okla., is second on the Bears' squad in scoring at 12.2 points per game and has started 14 games this season. He is an 81.4 percent free throw shooter with 21 three-pointers, 14 assists, 10 blocks and 10 steals. He is also shooting 48 percent from the field and averaging 2.7 rebounds per contest.

Last season, Patterson averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 31 games. He scored just four three-pointers in 2010-11 with 8 assists, 15 blocks and 2 steals.

He is joined on the MVC Most-Improved Team by Most-Improved Player of the Year Ben Simons of Drake, Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State), Walt Lemon (Bradley), Joe Ragland (Wichita State) and Garrett Stutz (Wichita State).

Patterson is just the seventh MSU player to earn a spot on the MVC Most-Improved Team and just the third over the last 10 years along with Blake Ahearn (2006) and Will Creekmore (2011).

On Tuesday, Missouri State received a pair of postseason honors from the MVC. Kyle Weems (Sr., F, Topeka, Kan.) earned First-Team All-MVC honors for the second year in a row, and Anthony Downing (Jr., G, Atchison, Kan.) was named to the All-Newcomer Team.



Weems is just the fourth MSU player to earn first-team All-MVC honors twice, along with Johnny Murdock, Danny Moore and Blake Ahearn. Weems, the 2010-11 MVC Player of the Year, was also a All-MVC second-team pick in 2010 and All-Freshman Team selection in 2009. Downing is the 14th Bear to earn MVC All-Newcomer honors but first since Jermaine Mallett and Adam Leonard made the team in 2010.

The MVC will announce its 2011-12 Scholar-Athlete Team on March 6.

The Bears will open the 2012 State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis on Friday with a quarterfinal match-up with third-seeded Evansville at 8:35 p.m. MSU finished the regular season locked into a five-way tie for third in the Valley standings and is the sixth seed for the tournament at Scottrade Center.


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