PERU – The Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) has announced the 2018-19 All-Conference teams and special award winners for men’s basketball.
Lyle Hexom (Omaha) of Peru State received the Conference Player of the Year honor. Hexom leads the conference in scoring (20.60 PPG) and rebounds (10.23 RPG), is ranked third at the NAIA Division I level for blocks, and sits fourth in total rebounds.
Coach Ryan Moody of Benedictine was recognized as the Heart Coach of the Year after leading the Ravens a regular season conference title and perfect 24-0 Heart record. This is the first time a team has finished the Heart unscathed since Evangel’s perfect 20-0 run en route to the NAIA Men’s Basketball Division II National Champions title in 2001-02.
Hexom’s teammates, Brandon Jones (Houston), KeShawn Wilson (Lincoln), and Jamil Maddred (Camden, N.J.) also received all-conference recognition. Jones joined Hexom on the Heart First Team while Wilson and Maddred each earned honorable mention honors.
Omar Sherman of William Penn was honored as the Newcomer of the Year. Sherman leads the Statesmen in points per game (16.26), rebounds (8.85 per game/239 total), and blocks per game (1.93 per game/52 total).
Dakota Quinn of MidAmerica Nazarene received the Defensive Player of the Year award. Quinn, a National Player of the Week recipient in Week 2, leads both the conference and the nation in blocks (152 total) and blocks per game (5.241). He is also ranked third at the NAIA Division I level for defensive rebounds per game with 8.345.
Benedictine’s Eric Krus rounded out the special award winners as the Freshman of the Year. Krus averaged 11.33 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 block per game while leading the Ravens with 30 blocks on the season.
For the complete list of the Heart honorees, please go to: https://goo.gl/3ZYRmM
Hexom’s statistics in Top 20 Heart player statistical rankings include: first in scoring (20.60), first in total scoring (618), first in total rebounds per game (10.23), first in total rebounds (307), first in double doubles (17), tied for first in total three-point field made (96), second in defensive rebounds per game (8.03), second in blocks per game (2.57), second in total blocks (77), tied for second in three-point field goals made per game (3.20), third in field goal percentage (0.526), fifth in three-point field percentage (0.438), sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.20), 11th in total steals (39), and 12th in steals per game (1.30).
Jones’ statistics in Top 20 Heart player statistical rankings include: first in offensive rebounds per game (3.18), third in steals per game (1.63), third in double doubles (11), fourth in field goal percentage (0.522), fourth in total rebounds per game (8.70), fourth in total rebounds (235), sixth in defensive rebounds per game (5.52), eighth in scoring (15.74), eighth in total scoring (425), tied for eighth in blocks per game (1.00), ninth in total steals (44), ninth in total blocks (27), ninth in assists per game (3.52), tenth in total assists (95), and 12th in free throw percentage (0.560).
Wilson’s statistics in Top 20 Heart player statistical rankings include: fifth in assist/turnover ratio (2.34), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (0.425), 12th in total three-point field goals made (68), 14th in three-point field goals made per game (2.27), 17th in assists per game (2.73), and 17th in total assists (82).
Maddred’s statistics in Top 20 Heart player statistical rankings include: 18th in offensive rebounds per game (1.57).
The 2019 NAIA Div. I Men’s Basketball Championship tips off on March 20 and concludes with the National Championship Game on Tuesday, March 26 inside historical Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference serves as the official host conference for the Championship and the Raven men’s basketball team has already punched their ticket to the Championship by winning the Heart regular-season championship.Tickets for the entire tournament can be purchased directly through the NAIA at www.NAIAhoops.com/tickets.