KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hanover College men's basketball senior Cam Fails (Cincinnati, Ohio) continues to be rewarded for his stellar 2018-19 season, as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced him as a NCAA Division III All-American Thursday, March 14.
Fails, who was tabbed a preseason All-American by D3hoops.com and Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook prior to the season, is picking up his first postseason national award of the campaign. The senior was also a top 10 finalist for the Jostens Trophy, given to the top basketball player in Division III for basketball, academic and community service excellence, as well as a top 100 finalist for the Bevo Francis award, given to the top basketball player in Division II or III, or the NAIA, USCAA or NCCAA.
A two-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player award winner was also announced Wednesday, March 13, as a first team all-district selection by the NABC. D3hoops.com selected Fails to its first team all-region as well and named him their Great Lakes Player of the Year for Division III.
The senior finished the season with a conference-best 20.9 points per game, becoming the first Hanover player in a decade to pace the league in scoring. Fails also averaged career highs in rebounds (4.3), assists (4.3) and steals (2.2) per game. He finishes his career with 1,780 points, ranking him fifth in program history.
Fails becomes just the fourth player in program history to be honored as an All-American by the NABC. He is the first since Thad McCracken during the 2003-04 season.
The NABC also announced Fails as a participant for the upcoming Division III Reese's All-Star Game. Fails is the first Panther to receive an invite to compete in the game, which will take place at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16, in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Hanover compiled a 21-7 record this season, including a 14-4 mark in HCAC play. The Panthers won their third straight HCAC regular season and tournament championships en route to a third consecutive NCAA Division III National Tournament bid. The Blue and Red were defeated by Wheaton (Ill.) in the opening round, who will be playing the national semifinals this weekend.
During his collegiate career, Fails was a part of a program that had six total conference championships, three NCAA National Tournament appearances – including a run to the Elite Eight in 2016-17 – and an overall record of 83-30 (.735).
Release courtesy of Hanover Athletics