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Press Release

Feb. 29, 2004

Parker Named MIAA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year

Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University senior G Kelvin Parker led the procession of guards receiving first-team honors in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association men's basketball at the Purinton, Chance & Mills/MIAA Media Welcome Reception Sunday (Feb. 29) to tipoff Sonic/MIAA Basketball Championships week.

Parker, the MIAA's leading scorer for most of the season before winding up second at the end of the regular season (17.9 ppg), was the only unanimous first-team All-MIAA and Most Valuable Player selection, while also picking up Defensive Player of the Year honors.

He also finished second in the conference in assists (5.07 apg) and fourth in steals (1.89 spg). Parker is one of three finalists for the Division II Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.

Three other backcourt players joined Parker on the first team. Senior G Jeremy Cunninghan of Washburn was a catalyst for the Ichabods run to the regular season MIAA championship and the top seed in the Sonic/MIAA Championships. He is fifth in the conference in free throw shooting (81.7 percent), and averages 10.8 points with 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Senior G Ike Muonelo of Missouri-Rolla came back this season after a year away and was relied upon heavily when senior C Brian Westre -- a first-team All-MIAA choice last season -- missed 11 games with a broken hand. Muonelo averaged 16.5 points (third in the MIAA), 4.48 assists (sixth in the MIAA) and 2.63 three-point goals (fifth in the MIAA) in the regular season.

Missouri Southern senior G Ameer Watts was a second-team All-MIAA selection last season, like Parker. He's the conference's top playmaker (5.37 assists per game) and averages 15.0 points (seventh in the MIAA) while making 80.7 percent of his foul shots (seventh in the MIAA).

The only forward to make the first five was Pittsburg State senior F/C Jamey Richardson. He led the MIAA in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.88 bpg) through the end of the regular season while averaging 15.6 points (tied for fifth in the MIAA) and making 55.4 percent of his shots from the field (third in the MIAA).

Richardson and Parker also earned recognition on the MIAA's All-Defensive Team. They were joined by Southern junior G Hiram Ocasio -- the conference's steals leader (3.15 spg), Southwest Baptist senior G Jarrett Brown and Emporia State senior G Greg Patton.

Truman C Grant Agbo was a unanimous selection as Freshman of the Year, after finishing as the conference's top frosh scorer (12.6 ppg) and rebounder (5.7 rpg).

Washburn head coach Bob Chipman earned his third Wilson/MIAA Coach of the Year award after guiding the Ichabods to their eighth conference regular season championship since joining the MIAA in 1989-90. He previous won the top coaching honor in 1991-92 and 1992-93. This is his 21st season with a 20-win campaign -- all at Washburn. He has 583 collegiate coaching victories.

First Team All-MIAA*Kelvin Parker, NWMSU   G  5-11 180 Sr. Raytown, Mo.Jeremy Cunningham, WU   G   6-0 205 Sr. Bryan, TexasIke Muonelo, UMR        G   6-0 175 Sr. Edmond, Okla.Jamey Richardson, PSU  F/C  6-8 205 Sr. Moultrie, Ga.Ameer Watts, MSSU       G  5-10 190 Sr. Rockford, Ill.*=unanimous first-team selection  Second Team All-MIAATroy Douglas, WU        F   6-8 230 Sr. St. Georges, GrenadaEddie Jackson, PSU      G  5-11 165 So. Cleburne, TexasTravis Robbins, WU      F   6-6 210 Jr. Clover, S.C.Tony Travis, ESU        G   6-1 190 Sr. Minneapolis, Minn.Thomas Vincent, ESU     G  5-10 170 Sr. Overland Park, Kan.  Honorable Mention All-MIAAMatt Beran, TSU         F   6-6 220 Sr. Victor, IowaJarrett Brown, SBU      G   6-2 170 Sr. Jefferson City, Mo.Langston Grady, MWSC    F   6-6 210 Jr. San Antonio, TexasByron Jackson, NWMSU    F   6-5 255 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.Austin Meyer, NWMSU     F   6-8 196 So. Blue Springs, Mo.Demond Perris, ESU      F   6-5 195 Sr. Denver, Colo.Deon Rose, MSSU         F   6-5 205 Sr. Lima, OhioPat Schumacher, CMSU    C  6-11 247 Jr. St. Louis, Mo.Jason Taylor, PSU       G   6-1 180 Jr. Decatur, Ga.Derek Webber, CMSU      F   6-4 210 Jr. Dike, IowaBrian Westre, UMR       C   6-8 245 Sr. Clayton, Mo.  MIAA All-Defensive TeamJarrett Brown, SBU      G   6-2 170 Sr. Jefferson City, Mo.Hiram Ocasio, MSSU      G   6-1 195 Jr. Toa Alta, P.R.+Kelvin Parker, NWMSU   G  5-11 180 Sr. Raytown, Mo.Greg Patton, ESU        G   6-2 180 Sr. Minneapolis, Minn.+Jamey Richardson, PSU  F   6-8 205 Sr. Moultrie, Ga.+=Repeat selection from 2002-03  MIAA Most Valuable PlayerKelvin Parker, NWMSU MIAA Defensive Player of the YearKelvin Parker, NWMSU MIAA Freshman of the YearGrant Agbo, TSU
Wilson/MIAA Coach of the YearBob Chipman, WU

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