Bass, Billups headline all-HCAC picks

Junior guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) highlight four members of Hanover College’s men’s basketball team who have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Bass earned first-team honors, while Billups was selected the Heartland Conference newcomer of the year. Junior guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named to the second team and senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) was elected to the HCAC’s sportsmanship team.

Bass, a two-time all-league choice, led Hanover in scoring with 14.8 points per game. He led the Heartland Conference with 5.5 assists per contest and tallied 148 during the season to become the Panthers’ career leader with 357.

Bass was 141-of-301 from the floor (46.8%) with a team-best 38.8 percent effort from three-point range (31-of-80). He also led Hanover in free throw percentage, canning 87-of-116 (75%).

Billups is the first member of the Panthers' program to grab the HCAC’s newcomer-of-the-year award since Mitchell Meyer in 2007-08.

Billups averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first season. He shot 51.5 percent from the field (112-of-219 ) and was 60-of-86 from the foul line (69.8%).

James ranked second on the squad with 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. He made 116-of-254 field goal attempts (45.7%), including a 35.3 percent clip from long range (42-of-119).

Rieger, who missed his entire junior season with a leg injury, returned to play more than 22 minutes per game as a senior. He averaged 4.9 points per game and ranked second on the squad with 4.2 rebounds.

Hanover capped the 2013-14 campaign with a 19-9 record. The Panthers were third in the Heartland Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the league’s tournament championship for the second consecutive year.