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Tuttle named MVC Freshman of the Year

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Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 11:03

Seth Tuttle


Seth Tuttle

Four University of Northern Iowa Panthers have earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for their respective performances this season, highlighted by Seth Tuttle earning the MVC Freshman of the Year award.

Tuttle, a freshman center from Sheffield, Iowa, started every game for the Panthers (19-12, 9-9 MVC) this season and averaged 9.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game while recording three double-doubles.

He became the first freshman in the MVC history to lead the conference in shooting percentage; Tuttle shot an astounding 65.8 percent this season. Tuttle is just the second Panther in the history of the UNI men's basketball program to be named MVC Freshman of the Year.

Joining Tuttle with All-MVC awards were freshman point guard Deon Mitchell, junior guard Anthony James and sophomore forward Chip Rank.

Mitchell played in all 31 games this season, starting 21 of them, and averaged 7.1 points per game for the Panthers. Mitchell's performance earned him a spot on the MVC All-Freshman team with Tuttle.

James was an honorable mention for the All-MVC team after leading the Panthers in scoring this season with an average of 13.3 points per game. James scored in double digits 21 times this season.

Rank was named to the MVC's All-Bench team, which honors the top role players in the conference. Rank averaged 6.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game this season while starting just one game for the Panthers.


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