Chisam, Miller Earn National Honors

Ankeny, IA - As the Manhattan Christian College Thunder men's basketball team traveled to Ankeny, IA Monday afternoon to prepare for a week that could prove to be a historic one, some individual accomplishments were recognized along the way. Arriving in Ankeny Monday evening, the Thunder settled in to their temporary home for the week, as they continue preparations in pursuit of the schools first ever NCCAA DII National Championship.

The week is filled with all sorts of events from coaches meetings, to player activities including hot shot, dunk, and three point competitions, the Thunder will be busy. But the sole focus of the nearly week long road trip is one thing; bring home a national title. 

The Thunder check into the tournament as the #2 overall seed, behind NCCAA DII powerhouse Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) who the Thunder defeated in one of their final regular season games in Manhattan back in mid-February. Manhattan will face off with the winner of the 7/10 seed game which will be held Thursday between the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles (Ankeny, IA) and the Pensicola Christian College Eagles (Pensicola, FL)

Despite all the preparation for the competition to come over the ladder part of the week, the Thunder staff and players were able to take the night off Tuesday, as they participated in the All-American banquet that is held annually in collaboration with the National tournament. The banquet is held to honor players and coaches from around the nation that compete in the NCCAA, and awards include national coach of the year, the announcing of All-American teams first through third, as well as scholar athletes.

Thanks in large part to the program coach Shawn Condra has built over his tenure at MCC, the basketball program has been fortunate enough to experience much success at the annual banquet, in regard to having players honored for both their skills in the classroom, as well as on the court. 

Tuesday night was no exception as Manhattan had two separate athletes honored during the evenings festivities, in senior Will Chisam and junior Dalton Miller. 

Chisam, a 6-7 senior from Olathe, KS was both an all-conference and all-region first team selection as well as being named the Central Regional Most Valuable Player this year. He was honored Tuesday night in Ankeny by being named to the 2016 NCCAA DII All-American First team, an honor last achieved by a Manhattan Christian College player, last year by Sage Ruis. Chisam was an honorable mention selection as an All-American just a season ago, showing his progression on the court has been noticed, and rewarded.

Junior Dalton Miller a 5-10 guard from Hinton, OK was selected as a 2016 NCCAA DII Scholar Athlete, an honor last rewarded to an MCC player in 2014. Miller has shown much promise on the court, but his academic achievements are also a pillar in his success. 

The night filled with honoring the best players from around the nation, and being able to interact and socialize with the other 9 national qualifiers during player activities throughout the evening gave the Thunder a sort of breather from the tense week behind, and ahead of them. But with play starting Wednesday afternoon with the two play-in games, they are right back to where they need to be, focused and ready. 

The Thunder will square off with the winner of the #7 - #10 game Thursday at 7:30PM in Ankeny, IA. Be sure to check in for updates, as well as follow the MCC Network on Twitter for live coverage of the game. 

MCC Scoreboard

2/25/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 2s Arlington Baptist College | L, 88-81 
2/20/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 5 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 78-67 
2/20/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 1 Barclay College | W, 109-90 
2/19/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 3 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 93-70 
2/19/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 7 Central Christian College of the Bible | W, 64-57