Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook Tabs Fails as Preseason all-American

Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook Tabs Fails as Preseason all-American

Release courtesy of Hanover Athletics



HANOVER, Ind. -- Hanover men's basketball senior Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) has garnered national preseason recognition from Street & Smith's Basketball Preview magazine.

The 2018-19 Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook is now available at newsstands everywhere, a document which has the senior Hanover guard listed as a preseason honorable mention all-American.

Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook releases a preseason magazine annually, taking an in-depth look at collegiate and professional basketball teams. This year, the magazine features 443 scouting reports on collegiate teams, which covers schools from NCAA Division I, II and III, as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and junior college levels.

Fails was one of 30 players to receive national preseason honors at the Division III level and is the only player from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference listed. Hanover has now had a player receive all-American honors from Street & Smith's in back-to-back years, as 2017-18 senior Wes McKinney garnered first team recognition. The Panthers were also ranked No. 7 in the 2017-18 national preseason poll.

Nebraska Wesleyan, 2017-18 national champions, picked up the top spot in the 2018-19 edition of the preseason top 10. Whitman (Wash.), Williams (Mass.), Whitworth (Wash.) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point round out the top five. Highlighting the rest of the list is Augustana (Ill.) at No. 6. The Panthers faced the Vikings in the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament Sectional Finals, also known as the Elite Eight.

Fails, a 2017-18 all-American, will return for his senior campaign as the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year and two-time first team selection. To go along with those awards last season, Fails was also tabbed first team all-district by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), HCAC Tournament most valuable player and NABC Honors Court award winner, which is a national academic honor.

As a junior, the guard averaged a career- and team-high 18.6 points per game, while shooting a three-year best 52.1 percent from the field and just under 44 percent from behind the arc. The Mason, Ohio native also paced the Panthers in assists, 2.6, and steals per game, 1.7, with both marks being among the HCAC leaders as well.

The 2017-18 campaign also saw Fails become the 37th player in program history to record 1,000 career points and he will enter this upcoming season just five points shy of joining the top 25 all-time scoring list. He tallied three 30-point efforts in 2017-18, including two during postseason play against Bluffton in the HCAC Tournament opening round and LeTourneau (Texas) in the NCAA National Tournament first round.

Hanover is coming off a 22-7 season, one which featured HCAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as the program's second straight NCAA National Tournament appearance. The Panthers will open the 2018-19 campaign at home Tuesday, Nov. 13, against Spalding (Ky.).