NAIA League Breakdown: The Heart of America

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


2018-19 Standings
3Benedictine24-031-4
19Peru State15-923-11
23William Penn14-1022-12
 Clarke14-1117-16
 Central Methodist12-1217-14
 Grand View12-1316-15
 MidAmerica Nazarene11-1316-14
 Graceland11-1316-15
 Mount Mercy11-1316-15
 Culver-Stockton11-1316-16
 Missouri Valley10-1412-18
 Baker7-1710-19
 Evangel5-196-23

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
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Lyle Hexom
School: Peru State

1st Team All- Heart of American


Other Top Players Lost
2nd Team All-AmericansAdam KutneyBenedictine
Thomas O’ConnorBenedictine
Omar Sherman William Penn
HM All-AmericansBrandon JonesPeru State
Abrian Edwards William Penn
Mike JohnsonCulver-Stockton
Jonathan GreenMidAmerica Nazarene
Larry PlummerMissouri Valley
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