INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Hanover College's Cam Fails (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year following his performance in men's basketball during the 2018-19 campaign.
The senior led the Panthers to a 21-7 overall record, a 14-4 HCAC season and its third consecutive HCAC regular season and tournament championship, as well as another trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Fails averaged a career-high 20.9 points per game, which led the HCAC, making the senior the first Panther to pace the conference in scoring in over a decade. The senior was the first Hanover student-athlete selected to compete in the NABC Reese's Division III All-Star game and was also the first Panther to be named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year.
Additionally, Fails was selected as a top 10 national finalist for the prestigious Josten's Trophy, which is given to the top NCAA Division III Men's Basketball player for on-court performance, academic success and community service involvement. The senior was named a top 100 national finalist for the Bevo Francis Award, which is given to the top basketball player in NCAA Division II/III, NAIA, NCCAA and NJCAA. In his senior season, Fails was selected as a D3hoops.com and Street & Smith's Annual Yearbook preseason All-American and also claimed 2018-19 All-American honors by D3hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The Cincinnati, Ohio native was named HCAC Player of the Week on four separate occasions during the winter season, while also claiming First-Team All-HCAC and was named the HCAC Most Outstanding Player for the second year in a row for his efforts.
Fails finished his career with 1,780 points, ranking fifth all-time for a Hanover program that has existed for over 125 years. During his tenure at Hanover, the Panthers posted an overall record of 83-30 (.735), made three national tournament appearances, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2016-17 with Fails as the starting point guard.
The HCAC Athlete of the Year award is in its sixth year of existence. The award is voted on by the sports information directors of each member institution.
HCAC Men's Athlete of the Year
2014 Kyle Linville, Football, Franklin College
2015 Max Kittle, Track & Field, Anderson University
2016 Ryan Aelker, Football, Bluffton University
2017 Wes McKinney, Men's Basketball, Hanover College
2018 Chase Burton, Football, Franklin College
2019 Cam Fails, Men's Basketball, Hanover College