ST. LOUIS -- Indiana State freshman Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Bench Team following a postseason poll of the league's beat writers.
It is the first career league honor for Smith. He is the sixth Sycamore to earn All-Bench honors from the Missouri Valley Conference and the first since Jordan Printy in 2011.
Smith is joined on the All-Bench Team by the league's Sixth Man Of The Year, Ethan Wragge of Creighton, D.J. Balentine of Evansville, UNI's Matt Bohannon, Missouri State's Nathan Scheer and Nick Wiggins of Wichita State.
He has played in all 30 games for the Sycamores this season, including three starts. He averaged 22.1 minutes played per game and has scored 161 points this season, an average of 5.4 ppg. That is the highest for the Sycamores of anyone who has not been a regular starter this season (defined by the league as any player who has not started at least 25 percent of his team's games).
Smith has also averaged 3.2 rebounds per game this year. He has compiled 31 assists, 12 blocked shots and 17 steals.
He began the year strong as Smith tied for a team-high 11 points in his Sycamore debut at No. 13 UCLA, hitting 4-of-8 shots from the field against the Bruins, including a pair of 3-pointers with three rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of action. Smith scored 18 points, hitting 7-of-11 shots from the field with five rebounds in the victory over High Point.
In his first career start, Smith led the team with 20 points, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field and eight free throws at Morehead State. Smith pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds against Miami at the Diamond Head Classic and went on to tie a career-high with two steals at Creighton.
Smith went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line to score six points with three rebounds in the road victory over No. 14/15 Wichita State and tallied seven points off the bench in the home court victory over No. 13/16 Creighton. He scored 12 points (all in the first half) by hitting 6-of-8 shots from the field against Southern Illinois.
Indiana State travels to St. Louis, Mo., this weekend for the annual MVC Tournament at the Scottrade Center. The No. 5 Sycamores open up play against No. 4 Evansville in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 8 at 3:35 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on the MVC TV Network as well as ESPN3.