HANOVER, Ind. – On the night of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Championship, March 18, D3Hoops.com announced its list of All-Americans, with junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) earning fourth team honors.
McKinney becomes the first Hanover men's basketball player to receive national honors from D3Hoops. He was also named to the D3Hoops First Team All-Region, the program's first such award.
The junior is not only an All-American on the court, but also in the classroom as he also earned second team academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America back in the beginning of February.
Hanover made its deepest run ever in the NCAA National Tournament, advancing the Sectional Championship, or better known as the "Elite Eight." The Batesville native was an integral piece in the deep tournament run, as he averaged over 21 points per contest in the four-game stretch, while also hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer in HC's Sweet 16 victory at No. 18 Hope.
For the season, McKinney averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, as he was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He also surpassed 1,000 career points back on Feb. 8, in a home win over Franklin.
McKinney has also earned first team accolades from the HCAC and the National Association of Basketball Coaches in the Great Lakes district.
The Panthers finished the season with a 26-4 overall record. Hanover finished HCAC play with a 16-2 mark, winning the regular season title, before adding a conference tournament championship later on.