HANOVER, Ind. – The College Sports Information Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Academic All-District award winners Thursday afternoon, with senior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) of the Hanover men's basketball team receiving honors for the second straight year.
McKinney was one of five NCAA Division III student athletes to receive the honor from CoSIDA's District No. 7, which spans the states of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Now that he has garnered the first team all-district award, out of a pool of 49 nominees, McKinney is eligible for CoSIDA's Academic All-American award. He was a second team academic All-American in 2016-17.
The senior has once again shined on the court this season, averaging 16.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while also recording an overall field goal percentage of .463. The 2017-18 two-time preseason All-American is top 10 in the HCAC in both scoring and rebounding this season. Off the court, McKinney has excelled, accumulating a grade-point average over 3.70, majoring in Economics and minoring in Communications and HIstory, while also being a member of the Hanover Business Scholar program.
McKinney has used his senior season to climb the all-time program ranks at Hanover, currently sitting eighth in scoring with 1,607 points and tied for 15th in rebounding at 632. Making 236 three-pointers in his three-plus seasons with the Blue and Red, McKinney is also the program record holder for three-pointers made in a career. The Batesville, Ind. native is one of just seven players in HC's rich history to record 1,600 points and 600 rebounds in a career.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA academic award, an athlete must have a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA, while also being a key contributor for his/her team. The academic All-American award winners will be announced in March.
Hanover recently won a share of its second straight HCAC regular season championship and has advance to this weekend's semifinal and championship rounds, hosted by Rose-Hulman. The Panthers will face Mount St. Joseph in the semifinal contest at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23.
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