Men's College Basketball

Area college athletes pile up postseason honors

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 16, 2020 12:01 am

Amid the cancellation and postponement of tournaments, several regional college student-athletes received postseason honors.

That included a slew of accolades for the John Wood Community College men's basketball program.

Sophomore forward Chandler Bevans was named the Region 24 Player of the Year, freshman guard Aaron Shoot was named the Mid-West Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Trail Blazers coach Brad Hoyt was named the Region 24 and MWAC Coach of the Year.

Bevans and Shoot were all-region selections, and they were joined by freshman forward Jarvis Jennings on the all-conference team.

Bevans, a Clark County product, became the fifth JWCC product to earn the region's top honor in the past seven seasons. In conference play, he averaged 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 81.8 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures in seven of the eight MWAC games and finished with 20 or more points five times.

Bevans finished his sophomore season averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. The 6-foot-7 forward is receiving recruiting interest from a variety of NCAA Division II and NAIA programs, including several teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Shoot, a Quincy High School product, was a second-team all-conference pick after averaging 16.3 points and leading the league in free-throw shooting at 91.4 percent. He was fourth in the league in 3-point percentage (40.1 percent).

Overall, Shoot averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He led NJCAA Division II in free-throw shooting at 91.9 percent and was in the top 30 nationally in 3-point shooting at 41.3 percent.

Jennings, a Columbia (Mo.) Hickman product, was a second-team All-MWAC selection after finishing sixth in the league in scoring (13.6 ppg), ninth in rebounding (5.5 rpg), and sixth in field-goal shooting (50.6 percent).

On the women's side, JWCC freshman guard Allison Moore earned first-team All-MWAC and All-Region 24 honors. Moore averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 79 percent from the line. She finished third in the MWAC in scoring and fifth in 3-pointers made.

Other area athletes receiving postseason plaudits were:

º Jordan Hildebrand, a junior forward on the Millikin University women's basketball team, was a unanimous first-team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection. The Unity graduate and 2017 Herald-Whig Player of the Year averaged 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, while leading the CCIW in field-goal shooting at 55.4 percent.

Hildebrand led the Big Blue to a 16-10 overall record and 9-7 mark in the CCIW.

º Emma Knipe, a freshman forward on the Southeastern (Iowa) Community College women's basketball team, was named an NJCAA Division II Region XI first-team selection and the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year. Knipe, a West Hancock product, averaged a league-leading 20.1 points in ICCAC play, while finishing third in field-goal shooting at 51.7 percent. The Blackhawks finished 19-13.

º Dezi Jones, a freshman guard on the Moberly Area Community College men's basketball team, was named to the All-Missouri Community College Athletic Conference second team. The Hannibal product and 2019 Herald-Whig Player of the Year averaged 11.8 points and 4.2 assists, while making 57 3-pointers. The Greyhounds finished 27-6 and qualified for the NJCAA Division I national tournament.

º Logan Hagerbaumer, a junior 197-pound wrestler at Millikin, won an individual CCIW championship and finished third at the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional, earning a berth in the NCAA championships.

The Quincy High School product recorded two pins and victory by technical fall to win the CCIW title. At the NCAA regional, Hagerbaumer lost to the top-ranked wrestler in the semifinals, won his consolation semifinal with a pin in 4:09 and rallied in the third-place match by pinning Wartburg's Kobe Woods with 14 seconds remaining in the match.

Hagerbaumer finished his season with a 22-6 record and ranked 10th nationally.