GREENWOOD, Ind. – Hanover College's Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year following his performance in men's basketball during the 2016-17 campaign.
The junior recorded his 1,000th career point this season and scored the most total points (560) in the conference during the 2016-17 season. McKinney led the conference in rebounds per game (8.3) and double-doubles (11). The junior ranked among the top-five in the HCAC in blocks per game (1.6), field goal percentage (52.2), points per game (18.7), and 3-pt field goals made per game (2.47).
McKinney's junior campaign highlights a buzzer-beater jumper to stun No. 18 Hope on the road in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 to lead the Panthers to its first ever Elite Eight appearance. In six postseason games, McKinney averaged 20.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.4 percent from the floor.
The Batesville, Indiana native was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team following his junior season. McKinney also claimed All-America honors from D3hoops.com as the Panthers finished the season with a 26-4 overall record.
The junior was named HCAC Player of the Week on two separate occasions during the winter season, First-Team All-HCAC and a All-Tournament Team selection, and McKinney was named the HCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year for his efforts.
The HCAC Player of the Year award is in its fourth year of existence. The award is voted on by the sports information directors of each member institution.
HCAC Men's Athlete of the Year
2014 Kyle Linville, Football Franklin College
2015 Max Kittle, Track & Field Anderson University
2016 Ryan Aelker, Football Bluffton University
2017 Wes McKinney, Men's Basketball Hanover College