Two members of the Creighton men’s basketball backcourt picked up additional league honors on Wednesday. Jahenns Manigat was named to the MVC’s All-Bench Team, while Antoine Young landed on the league’s Most Improved Team.
Manigat, a guard from Ottawa, Ontario, was named to the MVC’s All-Bench Team one day after earning a spot on the league’s All-Freshman Team. He averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his 31 appearances. Manigat is shooting 41.1 percent from three-point range, including a sparkling 58.3 percent from downtown in the past six games.
Young, a junior point guard from Bellevue, Neb., was named to the MVC’s Most Improved Team, one day after being named second-team all-MVC. He leads the MVC in assists per game (4.6), assist/turnover ratio (2.16) and minutes played (1,113), and ranks seventh with 13.6 points per game. He is on pace to become the first player to lead The Valley in assists per game and rank top-10 in scoring since Drake’s Curt Smith in 1992-93. He has nearly doubled his scoring average from 7.1 points per game last year to 13.7 points per contest, and improved his free throw accuracy from 64.3 percent to 75.7 percent.
Fifth-seeded Creighton (18-13) opens play in the State Farm MVC Tournament on Friday at 2:35 pm against fourth-seeded Northern Iowa (19-12). The game will be contested at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.