HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) of the Hanover men's basketball team garnered his second preseason All-American honor Friday evening, this time from D3hoops.com.
The senior forward was named to D3hoops Preseason First Team All-American list Friday, and was one of just 25 players to be recognized nationally by the organization. D3hoops selects its preseason all-Americans from the previous year's nominations.
McKinney, who became the first D3hoops All-American in Hanover's rich history last season, is picking up his second preseason accolade this fall. He was also named to the second team by the national college basketball preview magazine published by Street & Smith's.
As a junior, McKinney averaged a team-high 18.7 points per game, as well as a conference high 8.3 rebounds per game, as the Panthers enjoyed one of their top five overall seasons since the end of World War II. Hanover finished 26-4 overall, advancing to its first NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight" contest and winning both the HCAC regular season and tournament titles.
McKinney's performance last year also garnered him the HCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year award, as well as the conference's overall Male Athlete of the Year honor. To go along with his two annual conference awards, he also garnered CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American accolades.
McKinney scored more points than any other player in the HCAC last season, 560, as his breakout junior campaign also saw him surpass the 1,000-career point plateau. The sharpshooter did most of his damage from behind the three-point line, where he made 74 attempts, falling just two makes shy of tying the school's single season record.
Highlighting the 2016-17 season for McKinney was his buzzer beating jumper at No. 18 Hope (Mich.), in front of a sellout crowd in the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16." The Panthers erased an 11-point deficit as McKinney's jumper from the left baseline, as time expired, gave HC a 79-77 victory.
The Panthers have also received national recognition as a team from both D3hoops and Street & Smith's. Hanover is ranked inside the top 10 nationally in both preseason polls, including a spot at No. 4 in the D3hoops poll.
The Blue and Red tip off the 2017-18 campaign next weekend with a pair of neutral site contests in the Thomas More (Ky.) hosted Jim Connor Classic. Hanover opens play against Kent State-Tuscarawas (Ohio) at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17.
Contact: Tyler Jester