Missouri State senior Will Creekmore has been named the 2011 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He heads a list of 15 student-athletes honored as part of the Missouri Valley’s scholar-athlete team. The full team will be announced Monday, March 7.

Creekmore (C, Tulsa, Okla.) has started all 30 games this season for the 23-7 Bears of Coach Cuonzo Martin. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game, while securing 6.5 rebounds per contest, also second on the club. His 58.6-percent field goal accuracy ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference. With a 3.67 GPA in Finance, he has earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors six times this season and is a two-time MVC All-Academic Team selection.

Creekmore is just the third MSU men’s basketball player to earn Academic All-America honors, joining fellow second-teamer Chuck Williams (1971) and two-time honorable mention pick Anthony Boggs (1983-84). He is the only Missouri Valley Conference player on this year’s Academic All-America team and the only player representing a Missouri program. He is the first MSU player to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors since the program began in 2002.