Hawks Picked Preseason Favorite in Great Lakes Region
HAMBURG, N.Y. – After the DIII News publication announced Hilbert College men’s basketball team as their selection for the preseason favorite in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) for the 2015-16 season, Ryan Whitnable jumped on board with the same prediction. Whitnable hosts ‘This Week in Great Lakes Basketball’ podcast and has choosen Hilbert as the AMCC preseason favorite as well.
Whitnable dedicates an evening’s interview with the head coach of each team he selects as their conference’s preseason champion and Hilbert’s Rob deGrandpre is slated for his interview this Sunday, November 8. Log onto the podcast at 6pm and their conversation will follow soon after.
***The AMCC league office will release the coaches’ Preseason predictions/Player of the Year choices early next week after the fall sport season’s championships are completed.
Hilbert is coming off their third consecutive 20+ win season and back-to-back AMCC Championship game appearances. The Hawks return four seniors who helped elevate the program to a 62-20 overall and 40-14 AMCC record since their freshmen year.
6-6 forward Jerame Owens returns as a 2x First Team All-Conference selection after his stellar rookie season’s Newcomer of the Year/Third Team All-Conference nod (2012-13). Two weeks ago he was named a DIII News Preseason Honorable All-American and the AMCC’s Preseason Player of the Year. He carries a three-year, double-double career average (14.8 ppg and 10.2 rpg). Keeping the success in the family, Xavier Major will graduate alongside his cousin and is expected to contribute in the paint. Unfortunately, hustle points don’t show up on the stat sheet but the 6-3 forward did give the Hawks 4.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg his junior year after making 24 starts.
6-6 forward Ryan Bradt never made a start in the 28 games played a year ago, but he provided several big lifts as the Hawks closed the 14-15 season at 21-7. He scored in double figures on five separate occasions and netted 18 points in back-to-back games to close out January. He averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg with almost 50-percent of his boards coming off the offensive glass.
Sean Weisansal had a break-out junior season averaging 32.8 minutes per game and 14.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-3 guard scored a season-high 26 points in the AMCC Championship game and was selected to the All-Tournament team. He returns as a prolific shooter, leading the Hawks with a .534 field goal percentage from the perimeter.
The Great Lakes region is comprised of six different conferences: AMCC, Heartland, MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association), NCAC (North Coast Athletic Conference), OAC (Ohio Athletic Conference) and the PAC (Presidents’ Athletic Conference). As the season progresses and the NCAA begins to rank and seed team’s for the post-season play-offs, Hilbert will not only be competing within the ten member AMCC league, but also battling against 50 other Division III programs in the Great Lakes region.
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