Despite an up-and-down conference season, Illinois State men's basketball seniors Phil Fayne and Milik Yarbrough displayed consistency in leading the Redbirds as the team's top two scorers, earning themselves All-Missouri Valley Conference First and Second Team honors, the league announced Tuesday morning.
Fayne was awarded an All-MVC First Team nod after finishing fifth in the MVC in scoring at 15.8 points per game, while finishing eighth with 6.2 rebounds per game.
After playing and starting in all 31 games this season, Fayne has become the 13th Redbird to be named to the All-MVC First Team.
The Elk Grove, California native also earned one MVC Player of the Week honor this season.
Meanwhile, Yarbrough backs up his MVC Newcomer of the Year season with a spot on the All-MVC Second Team after leading the Redbirds with 16.8 points per game.
Yarbrough started in 30 games while playing in all 31 and also led the team in rebounds with 7.0 rebounds per game (5th in MVC). Additionally, Yarbrough led ISU with 97 assists.
Rounding out the All-MVC First Team is Loyola-Chicago's sophomore center Cameron Krutwig, senior guard Marques Townes, Drake senior forward Nick McGlynn, and Missouri State junior forward Tulio Da Silva.
Surrounding Yarbrough for the All-MVC Second Team is Indiana State sophomore guard Tyreke Key, Southern Illinois senior guard Armon Fletcher, Drake senior guard Brady Ellingson, and Bradley junior guard Darrell Brown.
The 'Birds will begin their quest to dance in March when they take on Evansville at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the MVC tournament, having to win four games in four days to clinch a berth to the NCAA tournament.