Nowicki headlines basketball award recipients

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) led members of Hanover College's men’s basketball program who were presented with awards during the team’s post-season banquet, March 17, at the Ogle Center.

Nowicki was selected Hanover's most valuable players and also received the squad’s Student-Athlete Award for the highest grade-point average.

A three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, he was second on the Panthers with 12.3 points per game and also added 2.6 rebounds per outing.

He totaled 345 points during the season to become the 35th player in school history to record more than 1,000 career points. He capped career 19th on Hanover’s scoring list with 1,241 points.

Senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) earned the program’s John R Collier Mental Attitude Award.

Gunter was a second-team all-Heartland Conference selection this winter. He posted career highs with 10.4 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game.

Freshman forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) was presented with the Marty Brennan Hustle Award.

In his first collegiate season, Van Kleunen averaged 5.7 points, while shooting 55 percent from the floor, and added 2.9 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the Panthers’ Best Defensive Player Award for the second year in a row.

James averaged 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Hanover capped the 2012-13 campaign with an 18-9 overall record. The Panthers placed second in the Heartland Conference with a 14-4 mark.