This award is VanVleet's seventh postseason honor. He previously received these awards:
- 2014 Missouri Valley Conference All-First Team
- 2014 MVC All-Defensive Team
- 2014 MVC Most-Improved team as Team Captain
- 2014 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year
- Sporting News All-America Third Team
- USBWA District VI All-District Team
Early has now earned six postseason awards. He previously earned a spot on the 2014 MVC All-First Team, was named a 2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalist, is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award and was named to the USBWA District VI All-District team on Tuesday. Wednesday's nomination gave Baker his second postseason award after previously being named to the 2014 MVC All-First Team.