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NAIA League Breakdown: The Heart of America

NAIA League Breakdown: The Heart of America

By naiahoopsreport_admin September 2, 2019 0 Comments

The Heart of America is a 13 team NAIA DI conference with teams from, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

2018-19 Standings
3 Benedictine 24-0 31-4
19 Peru State 15-9 23-11
23 William Penn 14-10 22-12
  Clarke 14-11 17-16
  Central Methodist 12-12 17-14
  Grand View 12-13 16-15
  MidAmerica Nazarene 11-13 16-14
  Graceland 11-13 16-15
  Mount Mercy 11-13 16-15
  Culver-Stockton 11-13 16-16
  Missouri Valley 10-14 12-18
  Baker 7-17 10-19
  Evangel 5-19 6-23

In, 2018-19, Benedictine ran away with the regular season title with a perfect 24-0 record. However, they ended up losing in the HoA tournament championship game to Peru State. The Heart placed three teams into the NAIA DI National Tournament. William Penn and Benedictine advanced out of the first round, with both them and William Penn losing in the Sweet 16!

Key Players Returning
HM All-American

Dakota Quinn 13.6ppg, 9.7rpg, 5.2bpg – Led NAIA

Position: Forward
Height: 6-9
Class: Senior

Heart DPOY, 1st Team All-Heart

Jaiden Bristol 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.3apg

Position: Guard
Height: 6-0
Class: Junior

Key Players Lost
1st Team All-American, Heart Player of the Year

Lyle Hexom
School: Peru State

1st Team All- Heart of American

Other Top Players Lost
2nd Team All-Americans Adam Kutney Benedictine
Thomas O’Connor Benedictine
Omar Sherman William Penn
HM All-Americans Brandon Jones Peru State
Abrian Edwards William Penn
Mike Johnson Culver-Stockton
Jonathan Green MidAmerica Nazarene
Larry Plummer Missouri Valley

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