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Guidry, Arnold highlight 2004 Valley All-Bench,
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[FEB. 25, 2004]  ST. LOUIS -- Illinois State's Trey Guidry and Marcus Arnold headline the list of selections for the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men's basketball. Guidry, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., has been named the league's team captain for the All-Bench Team, while Arnold, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., has been tabbed the conference's team captain for the Most Improved Team.

The teams, which were selected by the league's newspaper beat writers, are comprised of a minimum of five student-athletes on each squad and feature an interesting mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen.

"Marcus won this award for the work he did in the weight room this summer," Illinois State head coach Porter Moser said. "I knew that Marcus was going to get a lot more touches this year based on what we run and establishing an inside presence. He worked really hard in the weight room bulking up and got himself from 220 to 240. All of his numbers in the weight room went way up, and that allowed him to be a physical presence."

Moser also commented on Guidry's honor.

"Since he leads us in minutes, Trey winning the sixth-man award is a little deceptive," Moser added. "He's not starting because there were guys in front of him; that's kind of the way it's gone. He was playing better coming off the bench, and he was giving us a scoring spark. He's been a key guy for us all year."

This year marks the third time in the 10-year history of the awards that a team swept both the all-bench and most-improved captain honors, and it was the second time by Illinois State. Following the 1996-97 season, the Redbirds' Steve Hansell captained the all-bench squad, while Rico Hill captained the most-improved unit.

Guidry, while starting just a handful of games, leads Illinois State in a host of categories. He tops the Redbirds and ranks among the league leaders in scoring and 3-point shooting. He leads the conference in 3-pointers made per game.

Guidry is joined on the all-bench team by Aaron Hogg of Wichita State, Kellen Miliner of Creighton, and LaMar Owen and Jamaal Tatum of Southern Illinois.

Arnold's scoring average has increased nearly five points per game from his freshman season (8.4 tallies a year ago). He is among the league leaders in scoring and in field goal percentage. Arnold has also improved from his freshman numbers in rebounds, blocks, assists and steals.

He is joined on the most-improved unit by Ben Jacobson of UNI, Rob Kampman of Wichita State, Brad Korn of Southern Illinois and Joshua Robinson of Drake.


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2004 Missouri Valley Conference
All-Bench Team

(Student-athlete, school, position, height, weight, year, hometown, high school or last school; *indicates team captain)

*Trey Guidry, Illinois State, G, 6-2, 185, junior, Baton Rouge, La., North Carolina State

Aaron Hogg, Wichita State, G, 6-6, 210, senior, Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central High

Kellen Miliner, Creighton, G, 6-2, 165, junior, Warner Robins, Ga., Warner Robins High

LaMar Owen, Southern Illinois, F, 6-5, 190, junior, Owensboro, Ky., Southeastern Illinois

Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois, G, 6-1, 165, freshman, Jefferson City, Mo., Helias High

2004 Missouri Valley Conference
Most-Improved Team

(Student-athlete, school, position, height, weight, year, hometown, high school or last school; *indicates team captain)

*Marcus Arnold, Illinois State, F, 6-7, 225, sophomore, Chicago, Ill., Morgan Park High

Ben Jacobson, UNI, G, 6-3, 190, sophomore, Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux City East High

Rob Kampman, Wichita State, F, 6-8, 210, junior, Forest City, Iowa, Forest City Community High

Brad Korn, Southern Illinois, F, 6-9, 195, senior, Plano, Ill., Plano High

Joshua Robinson, Drake, G, 6-2, 200, sophomore, Mahwah, N.J., River Dell High

[Todd Kober, director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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