Miller
Miller
Hanover men’s basketball coach Jon Miller and junior Wes McKinney have been honored by D3Hoops.com for the Panthers’ outstanding 2016-17 season.

Miller was named the Great Lakes’ Coach of the Year, the first D3Hoops award of his coaching career. The head coach was also named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second time earlier this month.

Hanover finished the season with a 26-4 overall record, and won the HCAC regular-season title with a 16-2 mark. Miller also guided the Panthers to the HCAC Tournament Championship and the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

Miller recorded his 200th career coaching victory back in December and currently has a 150-91 record through nine seasons at Hanover.

McKinney, a 6-foot-5 junior from Batesville, was named to the first team all-region, marking the first time the program has received a first team accolade from D3Hoops.

Hanover now has one first team, a second team and four third team all-region player award winner from D3Hoops.com since the 2001-02 season.

McKinney helped guide the Panthers to its deepest run in the NCAA Tournament by averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He also surpassed 1,000 career points this season.

McKinney can add this award to his many accolades for the 2016-17 season. He was named HCAC Player of the Year and to the HCAC first team, while also adding a second team Academic All-American honor from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

During the NCAA Tournament, McKinney averaged over 21 points per game and also hit the game-winning jump shot as time expired in Hanover’s road contest at Hope in the NCAA Sweet 16.

The magical season for Hanover ended in the NCAA Round of Eight this past Saturday against Augustana (Ill.). The Panthers finished the season with one of the top five campaigns, in terms of least amount of losses, since the end of World War II.