Wichita State's Markis McDuffie (© Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

Postseason honors for a pair of Wichita State men's basketball players

March 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

The American Athletic Conference has released its first wave of postseason awards for men's basketball. Wichita State senior Markis McDuffie earned second team all-conference status, and Dexter Dennis was named to the all-freshman team.

Awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

McDuffie -- a 6-foot-8 forward from Paterson, N.J. – was a first team All-Missouri Valley Conference choice as a sophomore before losing half of his junior year to a foot injury. He returned to all-conference form a senior, ranking among the league’s top-10 in scoring (4th, 17.9), free throw percentage (5th, .814) and three-point field goals (8th, 2.3).

McDuffie scored at least eight points in all 30 regular season games and topped 20 on 10 occasions.

Dennis -- a 6-foot-5 guard from Baker, La. – averaged 7.8 points during the regular season while shooting 39% from three-point range (39-of-99). His 5.1 rebounds-per-game would be the highest ever for a Shocker freshman guard, and the most by any WSU freshman in 18 years.

Dennis started 18 times and averaged 24.5 minutes-per-game, but he was at his best during the final month of the season. In the final seven regular season games he scored in double-figures five times, averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds while hitting 21-of-45 threes. The last of those triples came at the buzzer to beat Tulane last Saturday.

Dennis is WSU’s first all-freshman selection since joining The American. Notably, eight of the nine Shockers who made the MVC’s all-freshman five went on to earn all-conference plaudits at some point in their careers – most recently McDuffie, the 2016 MVC Freshman of the Year.

WSU (17-13, 10-8 American) is the No. 6 seed in this week’s Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. The Shockers will take on No. 11 seed ECU in first round action at just after 9:00 p.m. Thursday on 103.7 KEYN, with the winner advancing to Friday night’s quarterfinals against No. 3 Temple (8:00 p.m.)

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