A trio of returning seniors combined with two McDonald's All-American nominees are enough to convince the coaches in the WHAC that Cornerstone has the complete package to win the conference again. The Golden Eaglesposted a 29-7 overall record (12-2 in league play), won both the regular season and conference tournament titles, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship.
DeVries returns for his senior season after ranking fifth in the NAIA for 3-point goals made (102) and three-point field goal percentage (.451). Last season, the forward was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Fellow senior Caleb Simons was also honorably mentioned as an NAIA All-American and contributed 11 points and five rebounds per game last year. Bryan Pasciak, who averaged nine points and four rebounds while being named to the conference's all-defensive team, rounds out the trio. Joining them are newcomers Wes Hudson and Jake Plite. A 6-0 guard, Hudson was first team all-state and in the top 10 candidates for the state of Michigan's Mr. Basketball award, while Plite was honorably mentioned for all-state honors. Both freshmen were nominees for the McDonald's All-America Team.
Picked second in the conference, Davenport University (23-10/11-3) will be fueled by Nathan Cox, the school's all-time leading scorer. As a junior, he averaged 13.8 points and six rebounds per game. He is joined by a couple of all-conference third-teamers: James Nelson and Kale Waaso. Waaso averaged 12.2 points and four rebounds and Nelson added 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds as a guard.
Siena Heights University (21-11/7-7) is slotted third with Brent Reynolds and Mark Snipes headlining. Reynolds got first-team all-conference nods and was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Snipes was named to the conference's second team.
Aquinas College (21-12/9-5) and University of Northwestern Ohio (15-16/7-9) tied for fourth with 49 points apiece. Aquinas will need to replace WHAC Player of the Year John Lierman's leadership. The wildcard this year is new member UNOH. The Racers played in a very strong American Mideast Conference and return all-conference player Kyle Gillette (13.2 ppg/8.3 rpg) and honorable mention Isaac Bowers (13.5 ppg).
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