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Donovan Clay Named to MVC Preseason Second Team

By: Valparaiso University Last Updated: October 15, 2020

Valparaiso University men’s basketball sophomore Donovan Clay (Alton, Ill. / Alton) has been named to the 2020-2021 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Second Team, as announced by the league office on Thursday.

After scoring in double figures just once over his first seven games in 2019-2020, Clay did so in 18 of the next 28. He had seven or more rebounds in 10 of the season’s final 21 games after reaching that mark just once in the first 14 contests. Clay’s clear progression from the season’s early stages to its climactic conclusion helped the Alton, Ill. native land on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.

Clay was one of two Valpo players to compete in all 35 games in 2019-20 and made 33 starts during his freshman campaign. He finished third on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg) and second in rebounding (4.6 rpg) while leading the team in blocked shots with 36. He started conference play sixth on the team at 7.8 points per game, then scored 10.9 per game in Valley action, third on the squad.

The Valley also released its 2020-21 preseason poll on Tuesday, with Valpo projected eighth based upon a survey of the league’s head coaches, media members and sports information directors.

FIRST TEAM

Elijah Childs, Bradley

AJ Green, UNI

Tyreke Key, Indiana State

Cameron Krutwig, Loyola

Austin Phyfe, UNI

SECOND TEAM

Donovan Clay, Valparaiso

Marcus Domask, Southern Illinois

Jake LaRavia, Indiana State

Roman Penn, Drake

Gaige Prim, Missouri State

THIRD TEAM

Trae Berhow, UNI

Keith Fisher III, Illinois State

Tate Hall, Loyola

Marquise Kennedy, Loyola

Tremell Murphy, Drake

Preseason Player of the Year – AJ Green, UNI

Preseason Poll

1.     UNI (30), 426

2.     Loyola (13), 405

3.     Bradley (1), 341

4.     Indiana State, 282

5.     Southern Illinois, 235

6.     Missouri State, 210

7.     Drake, 207

8.     Valparaiso, 148

9.     Illinois State, 112

10.  Evansville, 54