Case, Nowicki earn slots on Coaches' Court

Recent Hanover College graduate Mike Case and senior-to-be Ryan Nowicki (Thornville, Ohio) have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court.

The NABC’s Honor Court recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season. To be selected, an athlete must be a junior or senior and a varsity player, possess a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, been enrolled at least one year at their current institution and be a member of a NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA institution.

Case was named Hanover’s outstanding senior athlete after capping a stellar career in 2011-12.

He was a three-time first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and a second-team Capital One Academic All-American as a senior.

Case led the Panthers in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a junior and senior. He finished his career 15th in school history with 1,347 points and seventh in rebounding with 746 career boards.

This past winter, he ranked fifth in the Heartland Conference with 16.2 points per contest and was fourth in the league with 6.9 rebounds per outing. He also ranked second in field goal shooting percentage (60.3%).

As a junior, Nowicki was second on Hanover’s squad with 12.5 points per contest in a team-high 32.2 minutes per game. He shot 45.5 percent from the floor, including a team-high 38 three-pointers. He also led the Panthers’ backcourt with 2.9 rebounds per contest and ranked second on the team with 24 steals.

Hanover capped the 2011-12 season with a 16-9 record and second-place finish in the Heartland Conference with a 12-6 mark.

The Panthers, under fifth-year head coach Jon Miller, will tip off the 2012-13 season Saturday, Nov. 17, against Oberlin College (Ohio) in Collier Arena.