GREENWOOD, Ind. – Hanover College's Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio / Kings) has been named the 2017-2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player and headlines the 12-member All-HCAC 1st and 2nd teams.
The junior guard led the Panthers to their second consecutive HCAC men's basketball regular season title this winter. Hanover finished its regular season and HCAC tournament play with a 22-6 overall and claimed a 14-4 mark in conference play.
Fails averaged 19.1 points per game and ranked among the conference leaders in steals (1.6 per game), assists (2.2 per game) and field goal percentage (53.4%) during conference play this season. Overall for the season, the junior averaged 18.2 points per game, 2.6 assists per game and shot 52.5% from the field, 43.4% from 3-point range.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio / Roger Bacon) has also received special recognition by the conference. The freshman guard has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. McGee ranked 11th in the conference in scoring during conference play, averaging 14.9 points per game and also ranked among the leaders with 6.5 assists per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and a 58.3 field goal percentage.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology head coach Rusty Loyd has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Loyd led the Fightin' Engineers to its third HCAC men's basketball title in six years in the regular season. Rose-Hulman finished its season with a 17-10 overall record and a 14-4 record in conference play this winter.
Player of the Year: Cam Fails, Hanover College, Jr., G
Freshman of the Year: Craig McGee, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, G
Coach of the Year: Rusty Loyd, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1st Team All-HCAC:
Trevor Lucas, Anderson, Sr., G
Cam Fails, Hanover, Jr., G
Wes McKinney, Hanover, Sr., F
Erik Edwards, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., G
Andrew Finley, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., G
Craig McGee, Rose-Hulman, Fr., G
2nd Team All-HCAC:
Cole Hartman, Anderson, Jr., F
Kevin Christie, Bluffton, Sr., G
John Beineke, Franklin, Sr., C
Adrian Johnson, Manchester, Jr., G
Adam Goetz, Mount St. Joseph, So., G
Charlie Aimone, Rose-Hulman, Jr., F
Honorable Mention All-HCAC:
Andrew Renner, Bluffton, So., G
Elijah Wilson-Thomas, Earlham, Sr., G
Kale Morris, Franklin, So., G
Nick White, Hanover, Jr., F
Kyle Gullett, Transylvania, Jr., F
Gabe Schmitt, Transylvania, So., G
Cooper Theobald, Transylvania, Jr., G
JD Bembry, Anderson
Austin Buchholz, Bluffton
Allante Wheeler, Defiance
Thomas Sanborn, Earlham
Borden Kennedy, Franklin
Parker Buse, Hanover
Brody Kirby, Manchester
Tyler Manaugh, Mount St. Joseph
Stephen Schueth, Rose-Hulman
Tristan Burgess, Transylvania