CARBONDALE — SIU's Aaron Cook and Marcus Bartley were named to the Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete second team Thursday.
Cook, a sophomore exercise science major with a 3.44 GPA, started 30 of 31 games. The Salukis' fourth-leading scorer at 9.9 points per game, Cook shot 44.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point line. Cook's 78 assists ranked second on the team during the regular season.
Bartley, a junior with a 4.00 GPA, is majoring in sport administration. The Saint Louis transfer has played in 24 games with 20 starts and was also named CoSIDA academic all-district. Bartley averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists this season for the Salukis (19-12), who take the second seed into the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament this week. Bartley leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage (39.8 percent) and went 8 of 11 behind the arc in two games against Northern Iowa.
Cook and Bartley were SIU's first honorees on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team since former guard Anthony Beane made the first team in 2014.
Loyola guard Clayton Custer, the MVC player of the year, and Drake's Reed Timmer were named co-winners of the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Custer and Timmer joined Drake forward Nick McGlynn, Loyola guard Ben Richardson and Evansville forward Blake Simmons on the scholar-athlete first team. Bartley and Cook joined Bradley's Nate Kennell, Donte Thomas and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Drake's C.J. Rivers and Graham Woodward on the second team.