Trio leads HCAC basketball honorees

Senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.), senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) lead a group of five members of Hanover College’s men’s basketball team who have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Nowicki, Gunter and Bass were each selected second-team all-Heartland Conference by the league’s 10 head coaches. Senior guard Drake Hendricks (Muncie, Ind.) earned honorable-mention recognition, while sophomore guard Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named to the HCAC’s all-sportsmanship unit.

Nowicki is a three-time all-conference selection. He was second on the Panthers with 12.3 points per game and added 2.6 rebounds per outing.

During the season, he became the 35th player in school history to record more than 1,000 career points. He capped his four seasons 19th on Hanover’s scoring list with 1,241 points.

Gunter earned a slot on the all-HCAC squad for the first time in his career. He posted career highs with 10.4 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per contest.

Bass was selected to the all-league team for the first time. He led the Panthers in scoring, assists and steals, averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Hendricks posted a career-best 8.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per outing. He also was second on the team with 46 steals and 13 blocked shots.

James, who came off the bench in all but two contests, averaged 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He also ranked second on the squad with 2.4 assists per outing.

Hanover posted an 18-9 overall record and finished second in the Heartland Conference regular-season standings with a 14-4 mark.

2013 All-Heartland Conference Team