Northwest Missouri State was well-represented when it came to selections on the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Division II All-District teams and coaching honors.
And it was with some Atlantic flavor.
Ryan Hawkins, the guard who was a major star for the Trojans during the mid-2010s, was one of two Bearcats who earned first-team honors for the central region.
Hawkins led the Bearcats in scoring at 22.7 per game, in rebounding at 7.4 per contest, in steals at 2.1 per game and in blocks at 0.8 per game. Hawkins collected eight double-doubles, reached 30 or more points on five occasions and posted 20 20-point scoring contests. Hawkins set the Bearcat single-game scoring record with 44 against Southern Nazarene on Nov. 2. He was selected as the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, while also being tabbed a first-team all-MIAA performer. Hawkins poured in 726 points in the 2019-2020 season, which ranks as the third-most points ever scored by a Bearcat in a single season. He is one of only four Bearcats to ever score 700 or more points in a season.
Also named to the first team was Trevor Hudgkins. A native of Manhattan, Kan., he led the nation in three-point field goal percentage (53.3 percent, or 105 of 197). Hudgins averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.0 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game Hudgins has already earned first-team all-MIAA, first-team D2CCA all-region, D2CCA region player of the year, MIAA Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player at the 2020 MIAA Tournament. Hudgins had 18 20-point scoring games to go along with four 30-point scoring contests.
The all-NABC team all=Central District team recognizes the best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division II, the 88 student-athletes selected represent the finest basketball players across America.
The coach of the year was Northwest Missouri State’s Ben McCollum.