Coming into the season Adam Emmenecker just wanted some playing time. Tuesday, Drake’s senior guard was named the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year after leading the Bulldogs to a 25-4 record and the Valley regular season title.
Emmenecker set a single season record for assists. Emmenecker credits the Drake system that has shooters on the perimeter that opens up the lane and opens up passes back out.
Emmenecker spent most of his career as a walk-on and was offered a scholarship prior to this season. Emmenecker remembers being offered scholarship as school started this past fall, and was told by coach Keno Davis that it didn’t guarantee that he would get playing time. He says it was an honor to achieve scholarship status.
When season started – says he never dreamed of being named league MVP, but hoped to get plenty of playing time. Emmenecker says he expected more out of himself than maybe other people did. Emmenecker says he just wanted to come in and play well and make his teammates better and the playing time would be a reality.
Keno says Emmenecker is truly deserving of the most valuable player honor. Davis says Emmenecker might not be the most talented player in the conference, but he says Emmenecker is the one player they couldn’t have done without and still won as many games.