League Breakdown – American Midwest Conference
The American Midwest Conference is an 11 team league that features teams from Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.
2018-2019 Men’s Basketball Standings
In what was yet another competitive year in the American Midwest Conference, Missouri Baptist University won the regular season title while being ranked inside the top ten in the country for most of the year. However, Central Baptist came away with the conference tournament title, and both teams qualified for the NAIA DI National Championships. Both teams battled but lost close games in the first round of the tournament.
Top Players Returning
HM ALL-AMERICAN and ALL-CONFERENCE 2ND TEAM
School: Columbia College
Hometown: Memphis, TN
ALL-CONFERENCE 3rd TEAM
Kortland Martin JR G Freed-Hardeman
Allen Hyatt SR F Park
Treshawn Gause SR G William Woods
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
RJ Wright SO G St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Key Players Lost
1st Team All American and Conference Player of the Year
Pablo Hernandez (2x All-American)
School: Missouri Baptist
Hometown: Ames, Spain
Second Team All American
School: Central Baptist
Hometown: Chicago, Ill
HM- All American
School: Park University
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Tyrone Hueitt Jr. – Defensive Player of the Year
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Deandre Clark (2x All-American)
Hometown: Orange, VA
Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
School: Missouri Baptist
Hometown: Launceston, Australia
All-Conference players graduated
Victor Dukes G Central Baptist
Nate Rigmaiden G Harris-Stowe
Devante Carolina G Williams Baptist
Transferred from League
Brady Smith 2nd Team All-American/1st Team All-Conference Hannibal Lagrange – Transferred to Southwest Baptist (MO)
David Johnson Jr. HM All-American/1st Team All-Conference/AMC Newcomer of the Yr William Woods Univ. – Transferred to Our Lady Of The Lake (TX)
After four seasons, Tomas Brock steps up from Associate Head Coach to Head Coach at Columbia College. He replaces Hall of Famer Coach Bob Burchard.
Drew Stutts will take over as the new Head Coach at Freed-Hardeman. Coach Stutts was a successful High School Coach at Chester County before taking over at FHU.
Jeff Reis will coach both the Men’s and Women’s programs this year at Lindenwood-Belleville.
Preston Ingram comes to Missouri Baptist University after a 14 year coaching career at the NAIA and NCAA D2 levels.
Charles Belt takes over at William Woods University after six seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA D2 Northern Michigan.